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Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
Just awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the UK's prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards, blues-rock guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa is set to release his tenth full-length solo alb... more »
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Just awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the UK's prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards, blues-rock guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa is set to release his tenth full-length solo album, BLACK ROCK, on March 23, 2010. This album was recorded at, and named for, Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece. With this album, we wanted to explore a world feeling, and this was the inspiration behind going to record in Greece and using some of the best Greek musicians to add a little flavor to a couple of the tracks. But it s by no means a world album. We wanted Joe s usual youthful and energetic tones to play alongside the worldly vibes of the Greek bouzouki and clarino, said producer Kevin Shirley. Bonamassa says, It was the kind of record Kevin and I wanted to make. We needed to rock again a bit like on my first album. I wrote the whole thing there. Also Joe signed up Blues legend B.B. King for a duet on his new album. The song they perform together is a rendition of the Willie Nelson-penned song, Night Life, which appeared on King s 1967 album BLUES IS KING. Shirley says about the experience, This is a rollicking Stonesy-vibe version of the Willie Nelson song on which B.B. King duets with Joe, both vocally and on his famous Lucille guitar. What a joy and an honor to work with the legend who is possibly the pivot point and unifying musician between Blues and Rock. Other tracks appearing on BLACK ROCK include Jeff Beck s Spanish Boots, Leonard Cohen s poetic Bird On A Wire, Otis Rush's Three Times A Fool, Bobby Parker's Steal Your Heart Away, Blind Boy Fuller's Baby, You Gotta Change Your Mind, John Hiatt's I Know A Place, and James Clark's Look Over Yonders Wall, as well as the originals When The Fire Hits The Sea, Quarryman's Lament, Wandering Earth, Athens To Athens and Blue and Evil.
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BLUES AND BEYOND
dickydo | Warwick, RI USA | 03/23/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Admittedly, I didn't want to like this disc. The prevailing thought was that Kevin Shirley's previous productions have led Bonamassa in more of an arena rock sound and away from his blues roots. While the music has been quite good over the last several albums, it seemed the duo had run it's course. Happily, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this newest entry! A LOT of ground is covered. The opening cut "Steal Your Heart Away", and the original "Blue and Evil" rock full tilt with very familiar riffs, yet his smokin' leads save even the mundane. There are some tracks that can be considered in the traditional blues vein. B.B. King joins the former wunderkind on a duet of Willie Nelson's "Night Life", that and the Blind Boy Fuller tune "Baby You Gotta Change" are old school, with a modern feel. For lovers of heavy guitar oriented British Blues, Jeff Beck's "Spanish Boots" gets Joe B. in Beck and Robin Trower mode with heavy thunderous riffs. Covering Nelson, Beck, John Hiatt and Leonard Cohen show an eclectic musician at the height of his powers. Still, it's great to hear him play some mean slide on 'When The Fire Hits the Sea' and replicate pitch perfect Chicago Blues on Otis Rush's "Three times A Fool". Much has been written about Bonamassa's burgeoning interest in Global Music, the album was recorded in Greece and Greek Musicians were used. This only broadens the canvas for this remarkably gifted artist. It looks like the Bonamassa-Shirley combo can live to see another day. They've produced a very interesting and original work that cements Joe Bonamassa's maturity."
Good Songs But....
Gregory Sprague | 04/06/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It took a few times of listening to come to appreciate the songs on this album after wearing out most of his other albums; but appreciate them I do!
My only complaint, and it's big if you are an audiophile, is that is is recorded with way to much compression which seems to make the songs very one dimensional. The high hat is at the same volume level as the guitar and the keys and they all blend together into one big noise.
I can only stand to listen to it at work through little speakers; it's just too sad to hear it on a good stereo system."
Where is my Joe B and what have you done with him.
K. D. Shultz | Canada | 04/30/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Since "They" got ahold of Joe Bonamassa, and by "They" i mean the PR people who took one of the best new guitar talents of the last 15 years and repackaged (ruined) this super talent .It has been a downhill slide from the great live performances of New Day Yesterday and his orignal Trio band that was just fantastic.Even live at Royal Albert Hall seemed so contrived and hollow until the very end of the live dvd.Black Rock continues this style of draggy slothen muted sonwritting and production.
Like the other posters here i was a big fan of Joe and told everyone who would listen what a great talent he was, but now i feel betrayed by the slick PR overhauled machine that is now in his place.Black Rock isn't a bad album its just not a great album and is more of the same.
The overall feel of Black Rock is doom and gloom even the blues numbers which were his bread and butter have expired past the due date.Give us another album like New day Yesterday to erase the "New and improved? Joe" and we will be happy.
Joe Bonamassa has been one of the best inspirations for guitar players since Eric Clapton.But he needs to get back to what made him great to begin with."