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Live From the Royal Albert Hall Import

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Guitarist Joe Bonamassa was opening for B.B. King when he was only eight years old and was a veteran of the road and gigging by the time he was 12, so it's tempting to toss him in the all flash but no soul prodigy trash bin that has been filling up pretty well since Stevie Ray Vaughan shuffled off to blues heaven -- but that would be a big mistake. Bonamassa has soul, plenty of it, and he plays guitar with a reverent grace, and sometimes lost in all this is that he's a pretty good singer, too, sounding more than a little bit like a reconstituted Paul Rodgers. His stunning headline show from the Royal Albert Hall, which featured guest spots by Eric Clapton and Paul Jones, was released in 2009 on DVD and download versions of the songs have been available on iTunes for a while, but this two-disc set marks the first official release of the concert as an album in and of itself, and it's simply wonderful, full of great guitar playing, solid singing, and with a horn section and double drummers on board, the sound is full and even majestic. Bonamassa is the real deal, and tracks here like the elegant opener "Django," "The Ballad of John Henry," the marvelous cover of Charley Patton's "High Water Everywhere," and a shifting, sprawling workout on Rod Stewart's "Blues Deluxe" show a musician at the top of his game, one who has learned that a guitar lead should serve the song and not the other way around. Bonamassa isn't some kid prodigy anymore -- he's grown up into one of the most soulful blues-rock performers on the planet. There's plenty of proof of that here.
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 12, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B008S848A4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I just recently stumbled onto Joe Bonamassa's music care of a short Palladia TV segment showing some of the video from this concert. I'd heard of him before but never really followed his work. Well...I'm glad to call myself a new fan. This guy is simply an incredible guitar player and overall musician. Wonderful fret work, phrasing, and tone...great voice...flawless performance...amazing!

Now that I've bought a few of his studio albums (e.g., The Ballad of John Henry, You & Me, and So It's Like That) and listened through a few times it's like a shot from out of the park...what cave have I been hiding in to have missed hearing this guy before now? In my opinion, Bonamassa has certainly picked up the mantle of blues guitar hero...following in the footsteps of greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton (who makes a guest appearance on this recording), Jimi Hendrix, and others. But that's just the Blues/Rock aspect of what he's doing. There's definitely a B.B. King feel throughout and he fuses it with several other blues and jazz elements that just work so well together. The energy is vibrant and leaves you with a good feeling at each listen. It's clear that he loves what he's doing.

His soloing varies from traditional pentatonic blues with sweet bends and vibrato all the way across the spectrum to Eric Johnson-esque fireworks that leave you stunned. I'm a guitar player and it's all very inspirational to me!

His band turns in an excellent performance as well and the whole package just comes across as polished and professional. While watching through the video again yesterday - I saved it on DVR :-) - I kept thinking how overwhelming it must have been to play such an arena. But Bonamassa jams it out like he owns the place and the audience was just loving it. Good stuff and highly recommended!
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I'm a little embarrassed to admit that, after being an ardent fan of outstanding blues guitarists over the years, I'd never heard of Joe Bonamassa, until I stumbled onto his "Live From Albert Hall" concert on Palladia television the other night. I was captivated the moment he took the stage, wondering who this "unknown" must be, and watched in fascination as his performance evolved over the one-hour edited version of the concert.

His guitar skills are phenomenal, his voice is distinctively expressive, his style is pure class, and his interpretation of the music brings with it a poignancy, smoothness and depth found in very few of his contemporaries.

I am delighted to have discovered his music!
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Joe is one of the most amazing guitarist of modern day; Playing Royal Albert Hall has been Joe's dream since he first picked up a guitar. I stumbled across Joe's music this past year while looking around at some blues music; after purchasing one album, I immediately picked up the rest of his albums; each album is unique..some deeper into blues, some deeper into rock..all excellent..He is now a top-5 favorite artist of all time for me...

Another notable point, Joe's vocals are also amazing and now stand out as much as his playing.

I own both the DVD and album of Live from the Royal Albert Hall; they are a fantastic tribute to his 20-year career as a musician.
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Absolutely awesome. I recommend watching Bonamassa on YouTube. Someone has posted this concert at the Royal Albert Hall there and it's a great show to watch. I first saw a part of it on PBS. Good stuff available online to check out this talented musician.

I am not a fan of predictable power guitar solos. I am very much a fan of Bonamassa's guitar playing; he's not boringly patterned. His playing is refreshingly... alive. His singing works, as well. Great phrasing.

Sloe Gin, Mountain Time, The Ballad of John Henry, So Many Roads, Stop!, the Just Got Paid cover. I could keep listing the songs I like from this concert recording.

Definitely something I recommend to my friends. Good driving music. I travel from the Ohio Valley coal mining and steel mill area to Pittsburgh once or twice a week. Disc one gets me up there and disc two takes me home.

Thanks, Joe.

David Weimer
Flushing, Ohio
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If you like the blues, you're going to love this album. Best guitar and percussion in a live setting I've heard in a long time.
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It's rare that you run into an album without a bad track on it, let alone a double CD! This is it! Not one track on it that I didn't like. Bonamassa will I'm sure eventually become the household name such as Clapton, he is that good! I love live music recordings, and this one is a must own!
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I was impatiently waiting for the issue of this CD. I bought the DVD as soon as it was available and I was not surprise at all to be witness of such level of excellence. I have seen Joe play live several times in UK, Italy, Germany and Spain and every single gig, starting for the first one in May 2005 in a very small pub in North London, to the last one in Dresden has always been miles above excellence. What I like in particular of this concert is the selection of songs so that the program is more blues rather than rock orientated and the presence of a nice horn section adding a lot of colour in several songs. The appearance of important guests such as Eric Clapton adds something to the mix but it is not essential to the final result. As explained by Joe himself playing at the RAH has always been one of his dreams since he was a teen. Well, now that he finally had the opportunity to make his dream comes true he did not miss the chance and he and his band delivered an impressive, mature, stunning performance. Joe's guitar work here is so amazing that there are no words to describe it. This is Joe, this is Joe at his best, and when the (at least in my opinion) best Blues/Rock guitar player around plays at his best the result can only be astonishing. This CD should be used in every music school world wide to teach how modern electric guitar driven Blues and Rock/Blues are meant to be played! From the first opening note to the last one the entire concert is nothing less than extraordinaire. In my opinion this is much, much better than Joe's previous live double CD. This is an album that is just up there at the same level of Joe's best album to date Blues Deluxe. More than recommended I would say that if you like electric Blues this is very simply a must have recording. Much more than five stars!
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