Managed to get a copy of this much anticipated album and I guess the clue to it all is in the title : Live, and in a theatre, that's not a stadium, which is basically a box with seats round the edge! Sound is excellent; the atmosphere is really captured superbly. This is a live album not a studio album with overdubbed cheering. Having seen Joe Bonamassa a couple of times at the Hammersmith Apollo, one of the (many) things that impressed me is how well he and his band got the sound mix right. That is well translated here on this album.
We all know how good is playing is. If anything he has improved since his Live from nowhere in particular album in 2008. His vocals certainly have - he sings almost as good as he plays guitar.
So what of the songs? Well there is good mix of stuff from his last few albums, a little more rockier than earlier stuff but very good. Not a bad track around. The guest vocals from Beth Hart, John Hiatt and Paul Rodgers are well intergrated in the tracks and are not overdone as a lot of guest stuff often seems to be. Stand out tracks include Bird on a Wire, Blue and Evil and Slow Train, but of course, ultimately, the album is worth getting just for Mountain Time alone! Sublime.