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Don't Explain

Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Beth Hart and Joe BonamassaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J&R Adventures
  • ASIN: B005FLX2WC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,798 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 Friends
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

Editorial Reviews

2011 collaboration between Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Beth Hart and Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. Produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes), the album features Hart's interpretations of 10 soulful Blues songs, with Bonamassa on guitar and his ace band filling out the tracks. Beth collaborated with Bonamassa and Shirley on choosing songs, and the final set list features numbers made famous by artists including Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Ray Charles, Delaney & Bonnie, Tom Waits, Etta James and others.

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169 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW September 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I never (and I mean never), take the time to write a review for any Cd's I buy, and I have bought a bunch (over 700, had over 500 records at one time, and a couple hundred cassettes). I couldn't play a musical instrument to save my life, but I have listened to a lot of music in my 50 years on this planet. With all that said, I understand that my opinion probably doesn't mean all that much. But I did want to say that I love this recording. Been listening to it non-stop for five days now. If you like blues rock and/or soul R & B, you will probably like this. Hate to use the word wonderful...but that is what this release is. Wonderful, full of life, and just plain good, from start to finish. I just hope Joe B. and Beth get together again. Because her vocals, and his guitar work are a real "match made in heaven," as they say, and us poor working folks haven't got a whole lot to look forward to these days. I bought this Cd on Monday, and today is has been a good week. Might give yourself a lift, and check this one out.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing September 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Bonamassa fan since the Bloodline days and never heard of Beth Hart so I took a chance it would be pretty good and it is AMAZING. The band plays great and plays what the music calls for,sort of has a old school vibe with a new school sound to me and Beth's vocals are perfect for it,I just hope this isn't the only disc they release together.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSICAL MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN September 27, 2011
By Jeanie
Format:Audio CD
Blues rockers Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa collaborate on this offering of soul covers and the result is pure magic. Considering the quality of the originals this was a gutsy project. It's a delightful mix of soul, blues, rock, jazz and gospel. Beth burns with passion and sings her heart out and Bonamassa's playing is impeccable.

From the opening track of the bluesy Sinner's Prayer with the great guitar riff and Beth's out of this world vocals you know you're in for a treat. Some of the songs are sultry ballads with string arrangements and beautifully haunting guitar. The tongue-in-cheek Chocolate Jesus is pure fun. For My Friends is a powerful blues rocker. I'd Rather Go Blind is amazing - emotive vocals and guitar build to a crescendo. Something's Got A Hold On Me is upbeat times a hundred - some real gospel/soul - and if it doesn't make you want to dance, you must be dead. I'll Take Care of You is a beautiful ballad with a brilliant guitar solo at the end that catapults the energy level. Well Well is incredibly catchy and the only duet on the album.

It's hard to pick highlights because the entire album is a highlight. Beth's vocals are outstanding, sassy, fun, versatile and always right for the song - whether she brings out all the power and rasp of her voice or sings as smooth as silk. Joe's playing is stunning, flawless, pitch perfect and nuanced. The vocals and musicianship are really unparalleled. This is a masterpiece and I can only pray there will be more to come from this partnership.

The covers are as follows: Sinner's Prayer (Ray Charles w/BB King), Chocolate Jesus (Tom Waits), Your Heart is as Black as Night (Melody Gardot), For My Friends (Bill Withers), Don't Explain (Billie Holiday), I'd Rather Go Blind (Etta James), Something's Got a Hold on Me (Etta James), I'll Take Care of You (Brook Benton), Well Well (Delaney and Bonnie), Ain't No Way (Aretha Franklin).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music is Back! September 28, 2011
By Max
Format:Audio CD
My initial thoughts when hearing about this album was: I know Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa both has a great big set of b@lls and a lot of talent - but to handle 10 classics like these, really is a big mouthful. Not only are the originals all killer, but some of the songs have also been covered by many greats before them. So would these two artists really be able to add anything new? The answer is a loud and clear "YES!". Even a song like Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" which I've heard many others do before sounds unique here. Joe's guitar-playing is out of this world and Beth Hart ... oh my God ... Beth Hart proves herself to be the best singer of our generation - hell - most generations. This is a must have for anyone who likes rock, blues, soul ... actually: Anyone who likes music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Terrific CD! Would've liked to have heard Joe on vocals a bit too, but we really like this CD! A good one to have in your blues collection.
Published 9 days ago by Sara Blobaum
3.0 out of 5 stars Music was OK
I was not really familiar with either of them but heard some killer clips of Bonamassa on Youtube, so I ordered a couple. Read more
Published 29 days ago by joe4fun
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Beth Hart
If you really like Beth Hart performances, this is good. I was hoping for more JB, but he mostly just fills-in on this one.
Published 1 month ago by Old Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Beth Hart
Beth Hart is the reincarnation of Janis Joplin. The deep soulful voice so versatile and sultry. Made for a cigarette and a shot or two, this lady can belt out a tune!
Published 1 month ago by MickeyT
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite combo
These two performers together are incredible. Bring new life to some old standards which were already great. Beth breathes life and emotion into these songs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
It's good...I like both Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa. It's good to hear rock and roll with a new twist.
Published 2 months ago by Janice McAllister
4.0 out of 5 stars In The Groooove
You can always count on this duo. Beth;s voice is intoxicating while Joes writing and playing is eternal. Now lets party!
Published 2 months ago by Robert J. Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Freshman Release From Joe and Beth........Awesome!
This is an outstanding album from start to finish and although I enjoy every cut on this album, "Chocolate Jesus" is one of my favorites. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Garry A. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars good
had no problems it came on time and the cd is very good. when it comes time to order another music cd I will go here.
Published 2 months ago by Joey Gaines
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T EXPLAIN
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