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  • Audio CD (April 21, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J&R Adventures
  • ASIN: B00BY8DIT2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Seesaw reunites force-of-nature blues-rock vocalist Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa for a second album of choice covers from various musical eras. As with their first outing, Don't Explain, the project is in collaboration with producer Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Crowes). Each of the three principals suggested and selected tracks for the 11-song set list, which mines soulful classics previously made famous by Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miles, Tina Turner, Slackwax, Melody Gardot, and Nina Simone.
The one-two punch of Hart's powerhouse vocals and Bonamassa s scorching solos both honors and reinvents the original recordings. They are backed by the same world class band that kept the grooves going on Don't Explain: Anton Fig (drums, percussion), Carmine Rojas (bass), Blondie Chaplin (rhythm guitar, backing vocals and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (organ, piano). This time out, their mighty sound is augmented by a horn section, with Lee Thornburg on trumpets and trombones, and Ron Dziubla on saxophones.
For Hart and Bonamassa, making music together grew out of the friendship and mutual artistic appreciation they developed after crossing paths on the road numerous times, particularly on the festival circuit in Europe. Bonamassa wanted to do a project with her, and came up with the idea for a soul covers record. Shirley, who s produced 12 of Bonamassa's albums, was enthusiastic, and Bonamassa contacted Hart. The chemistry clicked, and Don't Explain was released in 2011, followed now by 2013 s Seesaw in between, both Hart and Bonamassa have toured, recorded solo albums, and reached new career highs.
Fittingly, Seesaw opens with a joyous horn reveille to kick off Them There Eyes, first a hit for Billie Holiday in 1939. Hart's version is flirtatious and sophisticated. The classic American songbook is tapped for other cuts on Seesaw, including the closing number, Strange Fruit, which strikes the album s most serious note, addressing racism, slavery, and lynching. Billie Holiday and Nina Simone both did great recordings, but Nina's is the one that Kevin had me listen to, says Hart. I don't have any personal relationship to slavery in my family, but I can at least sing it from a place of compassion. It was important to me to do this.
On Nutbush City Limits, first released in 1973, Hart wails with an intensity that would make Tina Turner proud. Kevin sprung it on me the last day of recording. I remembered that in What's Love Got To Do With It, Ike is being abusive to Tina, telling her to sing it like a man, to sing it hard. I adore Tina, and this was a big challenge. It ended up feeling incredible to sing, and the band killed it. Equally fierce is Hart's vocal and Bonamassa's blistering solo on Miss Lady, the Buddy Miles song originally produced by Jimi Hendrix. Kevin played it for me when we did Don t Explain, and I didn't want to do it. He suggested it again this time, and I still didn t want to do it. It wasn't that I didn't think it was a great song, it was just so vocally demanding, she says. At the end of a long day, he said, Let's do a quick pass. My throat was so tired, I just screamed it out, and he kept it. It was a nice surprise.

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A highly recommended CD listening.
M. Mariba
Beth's vocals and Joe's incredible guitar work are just awesome.
Gary Stonge
This is one if the best albums I have bought in several years.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Madeline on May 21, 2013
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Beth and Joe are simply magic. Covers are generally pretty hit and miss for me. It's hard to respect the original yet make the cover different and interesting enough to warrant a cover in the first place. But Joe and Beth somehow managed to make some of these classics sound even more alive and rocking than, dare I say it, the originals.

Now the music is where we get into muddy water though. Personally, I'm astounded that Beth and Joe were able to make some songs sound like they could both be simultaneously be playing on the radio now, as well as could have been played on the radio in the 70s and 80s. It's a real testament to their musical sensibilities as well as clearly shows the influence of producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Journey, Iron Maiden). It's big band, r&b, rock, blues, and soul. And therein will lie the problem for many people. Despite Joe and Beth both being incredible blues artists--this is not a blues album. If you were expecting a pure blues sound in every song--then walk away. However, if you can check expectations at the door, then prepare to be blown away.

"Nutbush City Limits" is the first big standout for me. Beth certainly does Tina proud. It's aggressive and seething with intensity. Buddy Miles' "Miss Lady" is another showstopper. Beth's vocals are honestly mind-blowing. She can go from the smooth jazzy groove to hit a perfect Janis Joplin wail. What's more striking than her sheer vocal skills though, is her ability to connect to the material. When her voice breaks, she can make your heart break. Comparisons to Etta James or Billie Holiday are completely justified. And her Nina Simone inspired take on the classic "Strange Fruit" is spell binding.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jeanie on May 21, 2013
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Beth and Joe have done it again. This effervescent follow up album to the exquisite Don't Explain is again stellar, yet more upbeat, high energy, soulful and rockin. No sophomore slump here. Beth & Joe have hit their stride and perhaps are even more in tune with working together on the second go around.

A classy choice of songs have been selected, previously recorded by Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miles, Tina Turner, Slackwax, Melody Gardot, and Nina Simone. From big band sounds, to sultry ballads, to balls out growl and howl, to French inspired with Arlan Schierbaum on accordion. Somehow the diversity of the songs are tied together to make a cohesive whole. Anton Fig gives a powerhouse performance on drums with the rest of the excellent band Blondie Chaplin and Carmine Rojas rounding everything out.

Vintage songs and in a sense vintage recording as well. Producer Kevin Shirley's method of recording live in the studio with the entire band playing together is the antithesis of so much of today's manipulated and computerized music. This band is interacting with each other and having FUN - and you can hear it in the music! Later in the process the horns by Lee Thornburg and Ron Dziubla are added as well as the strings by Jeff Bova which just takes everything to yet another level.

Beth Hart not only has an effing astounding voice, but the ability to truly connect with the material and make it her own, then communicate the emotion behind it. Joe Bonamassa augments the songs and compliments Beth's vocals perfectly with tasteful guitar work that is restrained in places and in some places he really lets loose. He shines on the solo at the end of I Love You More than You'll Ever Know with bluesy, soulful work.

Stunning record. Brilliantly done. One of the best albums of the year. A big sassy bitch of an album!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lion862 on May 26, 2013
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Alright, I've had SEESAW for about a week now. (Since it came out) and it's all I've been listening to. I Love it ! Kinda Blues, Kinda Jazz, Kinda Mowtown, it's got it all. There isn't a lot of fluff or studio mastery, just good raw tunes. Great musicians playing music. Joe pulls off some really juicy guitar & Beth just opens her mouth and lets it fly. Hard, soft, gravely, playful ....... How refreshing to see actual "Musicians" who actually have talent, bring us such a wonderful gift. A Breath of Fresh Air. Thank You :)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By To The Max"Bax" on May 21, 2013
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BETH HART AND JOE BONAMASSA RETURN WITH THEIR FOLLOW UP OF CLASSIC BLUES AND SOUL COVERS, HOT ON THE HEELS OF 2011's SUCCESSFUL "DON'T EXPLAIN" ALBUM.

Beth's got a touch of Janis joplin, Etta James and a smashing of Billie Holiday in her and it shows in her soul-baring performances on this release. Paired with Joe again delivering another stellar performance. "As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world's most masterful guitar players, he is also emerging as a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance." This one is all covers but that doesn't matter Joe kills it as usual.

The song list of covers is by an A-list of artists.....

"Them There Eyes" a 1939 Billie Holiday classic is sexy and fun, "Close To My Fire" from Slackwax is performed by Beth in an "oh so sultry" way, perfection.

"Nutbush City Limits" by Tina Turner and Al Kooper's "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" are burners. Joe amazing guitar shines through.

Their talents do well to compliment one another, as if they could do any wrong. Hart's range is exemplified on the album, as Joe's guitar dances hand in hand.

The back-up band as usual, Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Blondie Chaplin (guitar), Carmine Rojas (bass), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboards), Lenny Castro (percussion), and Michael Rhodes (bass on "I'll Love You More Than You'll Ever Know").

Lucinda William's "Can't Let Go" is next oozing with southern appeal, then "Miss Lady" by Buddy Miles, performed to perfection even though so vocally demanding.
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