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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Provogue Records
  • ASIN: B00LCFGF10
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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GRAMMY-nominated guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa releases his first studio album since 2012 and the first album of his career to feature all original material. The result is a record with more of an experimental edge than previous Bonamassa records. It’s a blues record that explores the outer reaches and the many different sounds that shape the genre.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album,” said Bonamassa. “I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob James on 3 Oct 2014
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As another ardent JB fan I am left a bit disappointed with this effort. I agree with the comments about too many horns etc, it begins to grate after a while. The guitar playing is as always faultless...no issues. The main issue is the lack of a couple of real killer tracks. I just get the feeling that sometimes he spreads himself too thinly. If you are taking out the rocky tracks for side projects, the jazzy numbers for Beth collaborations, you are essentially left with a traditional blues album. Whilst it is good, he is better than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Green VINE VOICE on 21 Nov 2014
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I have been collecting the music of JB for quite a number of years and by and large, have always been more than impressed with the output (even though of late, we've been close to reaching saturation point) BUT, and I hate to have to say this, if Different Shades Of Blue had been his first album, it would be my first ........... and last!
OK, so we know that his period with Black Country Communion wasn't exactly outstanding but that was more "rock" than blues....but this man was BORN to play the blues and has proved time and again that he has an understanding that goes way beyond his years and, moreover, his guitar has always been edgy, incisive and full of attack....but where oh where has it all disappeared to? Is it that over exposure is catching up and he's all played out? Over exposed - possibly, but surely not all played out!
So the concept of different styles of the blues all in one package is not exactly innovative but it seems almost half hearted? Starting out with an instrumental is not a problem - but where is the point in this meandering little interlude? An opener should give the listener that big shout to entice one to go further into the music contained within the album....but it does not get going and there is no dextrous fire either! And in a way, I suppose, this opener is really a good indicator of what is to follow.
Yes I've listened to the album over several times but really there is nothing there to hit you between the eyes, to make you want to hit replay over and over....yes, it's well recorded and the sound is well balanced but the songs themselves, with the sole exception of Give Back My Tomorrow, lack any bite and this performance runs all the way to the bitter end.
No, sorry, this will be collecting dust in my collection......if you like the music of Joe Bonamassa, approach this with caution, but if you are new to his music PLEASE do not start here otherwise it probably will be the one and only JB album in your collection!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Sep 2014
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I have been an avid collector of JB's material for some years now and have to say I found the more recent solo releases a tad boring. Not bad, just a bit predictable and "safe". This album (I have only heard the download version so can't comment on packaging) helps dispel any doubts I may have had. From the Zeppelin-esque "Oh Beautiful" through the funky "Living on the moon" to the more traditional slow blues of "So what would I do" Bonamassa shows a grasp of the many and various forms of the blues which after all is what the album title suggests. His guitar playing in all styles is immaculate and I have to say his voice has acquired a timbre and soulfulness that I haven't heard before. Backed up by an excellent core of players - the horn section especially works well - JB has returned with a fine record, up there with his best.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Muir on 22 Sep 2014
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Since establishing himself as a premier blues rock live performer with a solid run of studio releases behind him Joe Bonamassa has been the model of consistency.

Live, there is no questioning the American guitarist's six-string talents and his solo albums, including the excellent Sloe Gin and The Ballad of John Henry, have always featured a covered blues classic or five as well as a smattering of top-line, original material.

Different Shades of Blue however brings more to the table than any previous Joe Bonamassa release because it breaks that old, new and borrowed blues mould.

Other than a shortened instrumental take on the Jimi Hendrix number 'Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),' Bonamassa's eleventh studio offering contains nothing but all-new material and each and every song stands strong.
There are a number of colours, not just shades, to this album's palette including trademark Bonamassa blues rock, a little blues funk and a few musical statements that give a nod to the guitarist's British & Irish blues and rock guitar influences.

Prior to the album's release Bonamassa stated that he felt he owed it to the fans after ten albums and fourteen years to deliver an album's worth of all-new tunes.
Perhaps, but quite frankly he also owed it to himself - it was high time Joe Bonamassa showcased those highly respected and in demand blues rock talents with an album of all-original material.

Different Shades of Blue is not just that album; it's also Joe Bonamassa's best solo offering to date.

That statement of intent to deliver is made early, and in some style.
'Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)' heralds the arrival of 'Oh Beautiful,' one of Bonamassa's most powerful songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. I. Rahim on 24 Sep 2014
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Well worth the wait. Right then, this is just FANTASTIC. Mr Bonamassa vocals improve by every album. He is a real singer, he doesn't do false vibratos and 'breathlessness' for the sake of it. His vocals are passionate. His virtuosity on the guitar is still unbelievable. Everything that he does is done with so much passion and feel. Joe Bonamassa is a true great in every sense. His band members mustn't be forgotten as well. They are a very tight and amazingly accomplished set of musicians. I can't wait for the next offering from this truly fantastic musician.
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