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Absolutely Terrific Blues Rock album!
on 16 September 2006
Joe Bonamassa's name kept popping up as a recomendation from Amazon when I was buying or checking out stuff in here. I'd never heard of the guy but looking at the name I figured he'd be one of those heavy widdly-widdly guitar virtuoso types, like Vai and Satriani who do nothing for me. In the end I read the reviews and, hey! looks like the kind of thing I would like after all!!
So next day I'm in town and pass the record shop and there was this album staring at me through the doorway, so i can take a hint, went in and bought it and am I glad that I did because it is a corker!
Think 'Tons of Sobs' Kossoff, Bluesbreakers Clapton, Then Play On' and Boston Tea Party' Peter Green, 'Tres Hombres' and 'Tejas' Billy Gibbons and the best of Gary Moores blues workouts - Yes! This is that good!
Production and mix are excellent, clear but with real crunch, a great job. High points for me: 'So Many Roads', a tremendous version of a song usually associated with the great Otis Rush, the solo is blistering. 'Bridge To Better Days' and 'Asking around For You', both Joe's own compositions are great, the first being a stomping rocker and the later a really nice ballard hung around Peter Greens, 'Need Your Love so Bad' (which is no bad thing at all).
There is a downright vicious romp through Sonny Boy Williamson's 'Your Funeral, My Trial' with an unhinged harp solo and a totally wigged out guitar solo.
Iguess that the albums centerpiece is the cover of Led Zeppelin's 'Tea For One' off of Presence. I have to say that this one of my favourite Zep tracks off of my favourite Zep album, and this is one heck of a go at it- congratulations! Most people wouldn't have the balls to try it or the sense to leave it well alone. For me the version is a little overcooked with the guitar solo, could have done with a little more light and shade, kind of full on through out but the strings are just wonderful (listen to this track on headphones). Frankly if you didn't have the original to compare this with it would be jawdropping stuff.
Summing up, this album is top class stuff, right up there with the best in my opinion, well done Joe, terrific stuff. my only question is why is this guy such a well kept secret, rubbish like Kasabian, scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol etc are rammed down your throat but guys who can really play and make music with conviction you never hear of??