150 of 154 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2003
It doesn't happen too often to me to be fascinated and carried away by a new CD at the first listening. Well, it has happened this time! What a master this guy is! And what a milestone in the history of modern blues this CD is already! After two solid blues-rock releases Joe turns straight into the blues and the final result is so amazing that the first reaction a common human being could only have after have been listening to it, it is about half an hour of silence simply because this CD leaves you speechless!
I quite like Joe's first two efforts, however from my point of view this one is much, much better than the previous two. Joe demonstrates beyond any doubts that he is at this moment in time maybe the best guitar player, or in the worst case scenario one of the three bests, alive. It is absolutely pointless to try to work out which one is the best cut on this album, all the 12 "12 bars" songs here are equally good. Joe is able to cover all the spectrum of the blues reinterpreting (be aware not covering) B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker and even Robert Johnson with such a great taste and personality that you will not believe to your own ears! He plays slide and acoustic with the same intensity and feeling he usually plays traditional electric guitar and his playing in the three slow blues included here is so wonderful that you can't avoid having shivers going up and down your spine. In my personal opinion this is by far the best electric, guitar driven blues album of at least the last twenty years. I would be really surprised and flabbergasted if he will not have the W.C. Handy Blues Award as best guitarist when time will come. More than highly recommended I would say that Blues Deluxe is simply an essential addition to everyone collection. Much more than 5 stars!
PS. I have been lucky enough to have the chance to see Joe playing live on the 22nd of May 2005 in a small club in north London. He played a lot of songs from Blues Deluxe and the live version of the title track was just mind blowing! I am old enough to have seen live on stage such greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Albert Collins, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Luther Allison, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Little Milton, Johnny Winter, Ronnie Earl, Hubert Sumlin, Robben Ford, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Gary Moore, Kid Ramos, Alvin Lee, Mick Taylor and many more...however with all the due respect for such great musicians, Joe is by far the best I've ever seen! Don't miss him live, it will be the greatest experience of your life!
77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2004
M. Bernocchi's review from Old Windsor is bang on: "Blues Deluxe" is fantastic! That the title track is an old Rod Stewart tune from back when he mattered makes the British review all the more tasty. And about that track: in the midst of an album packed wall-to-wall with excellence, Bonamassa's guitar work in "Blues Deluxe" takes the back seat to no player. When you hit the 4 minute mark, your hair will light on fire and your synapses will melt as Joe explodes into incendiary brilliance. Be careful if you play it in your car. Hide the children if you crank it up at home. Joe Bonamassa now has a chair at the table of the masters and that smile in your soul is testiment to his excellence.
56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2003
"Blues Deluxe," the new CD from Joe Bonamassa, is promoted as his first 'official' blues CD. His former discs "So, It's Like That" and "A New Day Yesterday" are more classic rock (with a blues influence).
I came across this disc at a listening station in Barnes And Noble - and was immediately taken in by a rousing rendition of BB King's "You Upset Me Baby" followed by a foot-stompin' rendition of John Lee Hooker's "Burning Hell." You could immediately tell that Joe Bonamassa was not here to pay tribute to the blues, he was here to bring it to a new level.
This is not entirely a covers disc, "Woke Up Dreaming" is a blistering acoustic track (yes blistering -- the guitar is almost set on fire in the intro), and "I Don't Live Anywhere" is a dreamy-heartfelt ballad that shows Bonamassa can write with the best of them.
It is here where I can say this CD is a great listening experience. The song where Bonamassa brings "Blues Deluxe" to level above great, is in fact, the title track (a cover of the great Jeff Beck). The solo in this song is comparable to some of the best of the best (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton). The raw emotion that filters through the guitar solo is enough to channel into anyone's soul, and make them nod in appreciation for what has been 'said'. I, in fact, am one of those souls.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2004
After recording two successful solo albums, mixing influences of classic rock and blues, Joe Bonamassa has released his first full-blooded blues album, Blues Deluxe on August 26, 2003 which marks his contribution to "The Year of the Blues". This CD is totally made up of Joe paying homage to The Blues Legends, never mind what CD is the best of 2003, this one reaches into your all time list and knowing that it was recorded in just 8 days is way to scary to even think about what this guy is capable of!
To be honest there are some great new blues/rock CD's that have come out this year, and I know of at least 3 or 4 others that I highly recommend as a must buy for 2003, but if you don't buy Joe Bonamassa's new CD, I promise you will live to regret it! After the first spin of this disc I was totally speechless, a total loss of words! I don't even know where to start describing the overwhelming sense of AWE that came over me, I mean the hair on the back of my neck literally stood on end about half way through the title cut Blues Deluxe! I knew this cat was good but is it really possible that he has gotten that much better? Damn right he has! From this day forth anytime the name Joe Bonamassa is spoken it should be followed immediately by these two words "GUITAR GOD" because they only people I have ever heard play like this is Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. I have heard people flirt with music like this and become "GUITAR GREATS" but to just flat out kick it in the ass like this not only puts this cat in the category of the elite, but cements his place in guitar history! It's so very exciting to witness greatness like this in the making! Joe Bonamassa has perfect control over his instrument, it's like he will's it to speak to you without any effort at all.
High points on this disc are the front and back cover, and everything in between! There isn't a week spot on the whole disc. Some of my favorites are the B.B. King cover "You Upset Me Baby", the title track which was wrote by Rod Stewart "Blues Deluxe", "Woke Up Dreaming" which features Joe's amazing speed on acoustic guitar, the T-Bone Walker-inspired "Long Distance Blues" and the Freddie King cover of "Pack It Up"! Also "Wild About You Baby" is some great smokin' slide stuff. Bonamassa is a great musician and showman if you miss the chance to see Joe live then you will be left in the dark at what this guy is all about, his guitar work is beyond words you must experience him in person, I truly believe that Joe Bonamassa is the future of the Blues!!!
Bonamassa has secured his place in Blues History. Phenomenal Masterpiece!
Reviewed by The Bandit
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2004
There are a lot of people out there who play the guitar very well. A lot of them are passable singers. A lot of them can't write a lyric that doesn't start with "my baby done left me". A lot of them deserve to be heard. Most of them aren't Joe Bonamassa. A child prodigy, Joe opened for B.B. King at the age of eight. He went on to play with the band Bloodline, a band comprised of the sons of Robby Krieger, Miles Davis and Berry Oakley. Legendary producer Tom Dowd produced Joe's first two albums. His third, "Blues Deluxe" blasts off the starting line and doesn't let up until the album concludes. The fast stuff dazzles, the slower stuff sizzles. Comprised mostly of covers, Joe chooses well with songs by Elmore James, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, Robert Johnson, Albert Collins, etc. Check Joe out if you dig B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton or the Allman Brothers. A definte 5 star find!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2004
A wonderful collection of cover songs with an original thrown in. Everything from hard driving bar room blues to ballad and delta blues sounds. It took me a few songs to realize he's not one of those that throws the whole bag of tricks at you in the first minute and is out of gas by the fourth song. Very tastefull playing that can go from in your face to mellow and sound great. Fans of Walter Trout, SRV, Buddy Guy, Roy Buchanan and guitar blues/blues rock will find something to catch their ear on this CD. One of the newer guns like Johnny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepard but with a heavier sound. Never heard his other releases. This one will find alot of time in my playlist. Mainly a cover sing CD that benifits from classic songs performed by a great musician. I hope Blues Deluxe 2 happens sometime soon.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2006
i am an electric blues finatic, listing Stevie Ray, Albert King,Otis Rush, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins as favorites. well move over boys, your link to the future of blues is alive and well with "Jumpin Joe" Bonamassa. this is up there w my alltime favorite blues cd "IN SESSION" by Stevie Ray and Albert. his 7 minute long performance of "burning hell" makes John Lee Hooker look like an amateur. i played this outside the Oakland Coliseum, before the last Raider game, and every person, of every color, sex, and age game over bobbing their head and tapping their feet, and asked me who that was. my answer was "Jumpin Joe" Bonamassa. buy this immediately, if you ever say you're an electric blues fan. Stevie Ray is applauding in blues heaven!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2006
Joe Bonamassa is a blue/rock musical phenomenon that is awe-inspiring to anyone who will take the time to listen to his music. In his musical style/class, I would count him the second greatest musician on the planet - with Walter Trout weighing in first place. As you can easily see from all of the other reviews, I believe that you will find this CD well worth purchasing - as I have found all his material is. (After purchasing this item, I eventually went on to purchase everything he produced and haven't been disappointed.) As with any CD, you may not like all the selections but I believe the vast majority of his material you will. Among my favorites on this CD are: `Pack It Up', `You Upset Me Baby', and `Man of Many Words'. Bonamassa is an extraordinary adept and versatile musician. Since he is young and gifted, we can expect many more superb CD's in the future. Highly recommended.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2004
I am great fan of the blues and the guitars that Bonomassa plays are incredible. This is one of my favorite cd's to play when interstate driving (and find myself tapping the steering wheel) or just need a "pick me up" as I start moving to the music.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2003
Great CD of classic blues covers mixed with 3 Joe originals. Joe, Eric, and Kenny are as tight as ever here. Highlights include "You Upset Me Baby" (BB King), "Burning Hell" (John Lee Hooker), "Blues Deluxe" (Jeff Beck), "Man of Many Words" (Buddy Guy), "Woke Up Dreaming" (Joe Bonamassa), "I Don't Live Anywhere" (Joe B.), "Wild About You Baby" (Elmore James), "Long Distance Blues" (T-Bone Walker), "Pack It Up" (Freddie King), "Left Overs" (Albert Collins), and "Walking Blues" (inspired by Robert Johnson). What a great blues tribute cd, rocked up by Joe and company!