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Don't Explain [Standard Edition]

Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Standard Edition
  • Label: Provogue
  • ASIN: B004X5SCGM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sinner's Prayer
2. Chocolate Jesus
3. Your Heart Is As Black As Night
4. For My Friend
5. Don't Explain
6. I'd Rather Go Blind
7. Something's Got A Hold On Me
8. I'll Take Care Of You
9. Well, well
10. Ain't No Way
11. I'll Take Care Of You - Radio edit

Product Description

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Beth Hart, known for her raw and powerful blues-rock sound, wraps her expressive vocals around classic soul covers on Don’t Explain, an album that grew out of her friendship with guitarist Joe Bonamassa. Produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes), the album features Hart’s scorching interpretations of ten songs, with Bonamassa on guitar and his ace band filling out the tracks.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Eureka Moment... 3 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
I purchased cd this week after listening to the last verse of 'Your Heart is as Black As Night' on Radio 2. I had to google the name of the song and the artist, as the DJ went on to talk about something else as it ended. I bought this on the back of these last few lines and did not know what I would get. To say I am blown away is an understatement. I dont normally listen to Blues but I have played this non stop since it arrived today! Brilliant. Her voice is amazing, and the guitar is exemplary. I would recommend it to anyone!!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hart and soul 26 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
I'll put my cards on the table. I generally give a wide berth to 'cover' albums made by artists who otherwise record their own songs for a living. At best, these releases do little more than remind you how good the original versions were, and at worst they seem like a cynical ploy to extract hard-earned cash from loyal fans.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and here's one of them.

If there's any justice to be found, this fine album should propel both Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart directly into the mainstream. Better than Alison Krauss and Robert Plant's much-lauded "Raising Sand" collaboration, this is spine-tingling stuff with Hart's gorgeous voice and Bonamassa's masterful guitar-playing truly a musical marriage made in heaven.

Far from slavishly copying the original arrangements, there's real imagination and innovation going on here. Following Plant & Krauss, and numerous others before them, there's the seemingly obligatory Tom Waits song - this time it's the irreverent "Chocolate Jesus", re-imagined in jaunty vaudeville style.

Delaney & Bonnie's "Well, Well" with Bonamassa duetting on vocals rips along furiously, with a down and dirty version of Bill Withers' "For My Friend" giving free rein to the duo's rockier sensibilities. More recent inspiration comes in the form of Melody Gardot's sultry "Your Heart Is As Black As Night".

A strikingly different and slowed-down version of Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way" is just one of a number of stirring performances to leave a lump in the throat, whilst church is ably represented by a truly soul-baring adaptation of Lowell Fulson's "Sinner's Prayer", recalling another memorable version recorded a few years back by B.B. King with the guesting Ray Charles.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Beth Hart is one of the most powerful female blues/rock singers to emerge since Janis Joplin and she recently recorded a new album in collaboration with guitar maestro Joe Bonamassa entitled 'Don't Explain'. After crossing paths out on tour and previously working together making 'No Love On The Street' for Bonamassa's recent `Dust Bowl' album, it soon became apparent to Bonamassa that his guitar would provide the perfect foil for Hart's vocals. Almost inevitably Don't Explain was recorded earlier this year at Village Recorders, West Los Angeles in California, drafting in Kevin "Caveman" Shirley to produce & mix an album full of soul covers interpreted as only Hart & Bonamassa could, giving new blood to classic songs!

'Don't Explain' showcases Beth Hart baring her heart and soul on vocals & Joe Bonamassa playing guitar as only he can, delivering classic songs from a golden bygone era that belonged to divas like Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Etta James coupled with more contemporary numbers worthy of inclusion. Backing band is the same Bonamassa successfully assembled for his album 'The Ballad of John Henry' featuring Anton Fig (drums & percussion), Blondie Chaplin (guitar) & Carmine Rojas (bass) with Arlan Scheirbaum joining them on keyboards.

'Don't Explain' immediately has Hart pleading for mercy, probably just as Ray Charles would have imagined when he first wrote 'Sinner's Prayer', and the thought invoking Tom Waits song 'Chocolate Jesus' is so sassy, it would not sound out of place sung in a Parisian nightclub! Next cue piano for a flawless rendition of Melody Gardot's sultry jazz ballad 'Your Heart Is As Black As Night' and add slow blues guitar to make it complete.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Simon Uglow VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Two great musicians - Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa - coming together. Sometimes collaborations work, sometimes they don't, for a whole variety of reasons. There are the obvious partnerships that I've enjoyed (Eric Clapton and BB King is a great example), where I've wanted the music to carry one, and I've wondered what else did they record and what happened to the rehearsal tapes. There are others which are just self indulgent, ego massages for both parties, that I've listened to and discarded.
This one works, Hart's voice and vocal phrasing complemented by Bonamassa's stellar guitar playing, whether slide or not. The opening of the opening track should help you decide whether you are going to like this or not - a bluesy slide guitar opening up and introducing Hart's smokey vocals. Her vocal power continues throughout the album, with hints of Joplin to her phrasing and delivery.
It's a great album, and one that I'm really enjoying. I was fascinated to read someone here complain about the sound quality - there's nothing wrong on my copy, so I can only hope he's sorted it out to enjoy this stunning album.
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