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Live in Amsterdam [Blu-ray]
Live in Amsterdam [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fireworks!, March 22, 2014
One hell of a show! Jubilant, exuberant, sensational! This is one of two gigs performed at the Royal Carré Theater Amsterdam in June 2013 in which this ensemble blew the roof off. Lee Thornburg describes it on the bonus disc, "It's a stomp and soul review like the old days." It is clear from the included interviews that Joe Bonamassa does not want to be "one dimensional" as he describes it and very much enjoys branching out into new genres. His side projects afford him the opportunity to do just that. His collaboration with Beth Hart is a powerful and dazzling one. The setlist includes soul, blues, rock, swing, americana and jazz.

Beth Hart's performance, stage presence and vocal prowess are nothing less than stunning. She brings a rock sensibility to the songs yet can also conjure the spirits of Etta James and Billie Holiday. In addition she demonstrates here that she is reminiscent of the powerful female performers from the 60's and 70's such as Tina Turner and Janis Joplin. Joe Bonamassa's guitar is exquisite. The entire band is superb and creates the atmosphere and vibe of the evening. Paying homage to classic songs and musicians that have come before them, everyone on stage is having fun and smiling throughout the concert. The momentum builds until some of the most astonishing performances of the night are saved for the end: Strange Fruit, Miss Lady, I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know, Nutbush City Limits and I'd Rather Go Blind. All songs are from Beth and Joe's collaboration albums Don't Explain and SeeSaw with two exceptions: Beth performs her song Baddest Blues and Joe performs Someday After Awhile (You'll be Sorry).

Tasteful lighting is used. The sound is excellent. It is well filmed, directed and edited - no annoying rapid cuts in editing that can detract from the performance. Plenty of camera angles and close-ups of all the musicians including Joe's guitar skills.

There are generous amounts of extras (approximately 2 hours) including two documentaries with behind the scenes footage, interviews, rehearsals and the making of the concert film. It is nice to hear the admiration everyone has for each other and how grateful they are to be a part of this project. There is also an alternate version of Someday After Awhile and a photo section.

Beth Hart (vocals, piano), Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals), Anton Fig (drums, percussion), Carmine Rojas (bass), Blondie Chaplin (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboards), Lee Thornburg (trumpet and percussion), Ron Dziubla (saxophone and percussion), and Carlos Perez Alfonso (trombone and percussion).

This is one of the best concerts I've ever seen. The passion of Beth and the skill of Joe combined is like adding fuel to a fire. Very highly recommended!

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY CANNOLI MY SPEAKERS ARE ON FIRE!, May 21, 2013
This review is from: Seesaw (Audio CD)
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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Bang Bang Boom Boom
Bang Bang Boom Boom
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang Bang Badassery, October 16, 2012
This review is from: Bang Bang Boom Boom (Audio CD)
I love Beth Hart. Her vocals and writing on Bang Bang Boom Boom are breathtaking. Beth's range is on full display here and the influence of the collaboration album "Don't Explain" with Joe Bonamassa is apparent on this record. Beth has often worked in multiple genres, yet this album takes that concept to a new level. With the blues of Baddest Blues and Caught Out in the Rain, the rock of Better Man, a bit of jazz on Swing My Thing, gospel on Spirit of God, the soulful sound of Everyday With You, this CD is all about variety. Joe Bonamassa makes a guest appearance on the track "There in Your Heart" in the form of a superb guitar solo.

All songs here are originals, either written or co-written by Beth. This project was recorded live in the studio by producer Kevin Shirley, who did an excellent job assisting with the arrangements and putting together a great team of musicians. Some of the players include Anton Fig on drums, Michael Rhodes on bass, Arlan Schierbaum on keyboards and Randy Flowers on guitar. All involved contributed to the stellar sound of the recording.

The overall tone of this record is happier, more upbeat than her last solo record My California. Beth has described this as a new direction for her, stating that she's tired of the past and wants to write/sing about new subjects and happier times that she is now enjoying. Beth still takes us through a range of emotions, yet the highs are even higher. This album is refreshing in the sense of sound and genres, but the soul is still Beth Hart. If this is a new direction for Beth I want to be along for the ride.
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Introducing Beth Hart
Introducing Beth Hart

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BREATH OF FRESH AIR, August 1, 2012
This review is from: Introducing Beth Hart (MP3 Music)
Beth Hart is an amazing singer-songwriter and I'm so glad to see more of her music released in the United States. Her versatility and ability to perform multi-genres is refreshing in today's music scene. Beth's voice is astounding and her writing very personal and heartfelt.

A Beginning A Detour An Open Ending
A Beginning A Detour An Open Ending
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANGELIC, May 30, 2012
The talented Tina Dico has an angelic voice and an astute intelligence that shows in her beautifully crafted and intimate songs. Her keen sense of the human psyche is evident in her lyrics. She writes beautiful, haunting melodies and thought provoking lyrics. There is honesty in her writing, including uncomfortable truths. This trilogy of EP's was originally only intended as a tour release. Due to its quality and cohesiveness I'm glad it was made available for all. Seeing Tina live is a magical experience. She can capture a crowd completely with just her voice and her acoustic guitar. "Walls" featuring Helgi Jonsson is a stand out track and one of my favorites of her huge catalog.

Living Proof
Living Proof
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5.0 out of 5 stars A BLUES MASTER, May 29, 2012
This review is from: Living Proof (MP3 Music)
A fiery, passionate performance from a man truly "74 Years Young." Buddy's personality shows through on every track. He wails on his guitar with ferocity in the first track and definitely gets the listener's attention. There are plenty of scorchers to follow. His vocal chops are still well intact. His wry humor really shines through on "Key Don't Fit" "Let the Door Knob Hit Ya" and "Guess What." "Stay Around a Little Longer" with BB King and "Everybody's Got to Go" are truly touching. This album demonstrates why Buddy is one of the most influential blues artists. The songs are autobiographical and indicative of a man looking back on his life, however hearing the vitality and gusto of this recording it's apparent that it's not the last chapter.

El Camino
El Camino
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Album, May 28, 2012
This review is from: El Camino (Audio CD)
I frankly wasn't sure about this album upon first listen. However I did not put it on the shelf. I continued to listen and by the 2nd or 3rd round I had changed my mind. I found the songs and beats became infectious. Blues undertones, garage rock guitar and driving drums. Really a solid album. Stand out tracks for me: Gold on the Ceiling, Little Black Submarines, Sister.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, Original, Creative, May 28, 2012
This review is from: Blunderbuss (Audio CD)
Jack White clearly operates on his own wave length and has a highly artistic and independent musical sense. This is one of the most original albums I've heard in awhile. There is an undercurrent of old school soul and blues yet it almost feels like listening to something futuristic at the same time. Eccentric yet full of emotion. I especially enjoy the songs with a strong use of piano. The use of the pedal steel on the title track is particularly beautiful. Other songs display a more raw power. I enjoy every song on the album. Stand out tracks for me are Missing Pieces, Blunderbuss, Hypocritical Kiss, Weep Themselves to Sleep, Trash Tongue Talker.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Addicting, May 28, 2012
Creative, lush arrangements. Seems Noel is now free to think and create out of the box. Great lyrical artistry. Noel crafts classic songs and extremely addictive melodies. If I Had a Gun, Broken Arrow and Stop the Clocks are stand out tracks.

Pressure & Time
Pressure & Time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Energy Rock with Great Grooves, May 28, 2012
This review is from: Pressure & Time (Audio CD)
Driving, intense and unrelenting. Raw and aggressive sound. Bluesy. Swaggering. Fresh. Throwback to 60's and 70's rock but with a modern edge. Jay Buchanan has a fantastic set of pipes - very impressive vocals. Outstanding band. Stellar release. Who says rock is dead?

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