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Had To Cry Today

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Acclaimed guitarist Joe Bonamassa will release his most ambitious CD to date, Had to Cry Today, on August 24, 2004. Following the success of his 2003 release, Blues Deluxe, a tribute album to the blues greats who influenced him most, Bonamassa's latest CD further defines the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter as a force to be reckoned with - from his heartfelt & inspiring vocals to his seamless fusion of blues, rock & country. Incorporating influences of Chicago, Delta & British blues into original material, the influences of Had To Cry Today read like a Who's Who of blues. From the 40s & 50s music of B.B. King, Muddy Waters & Buddy Guy to the English invasion of the Yardbirds, Clapton & Cream, Had To Cry Today deftly elaborates on the many faces of modern music's most influential genre.

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Guitar hero Bonamassa may have dropped the "Smokin'" prefix from his performing name that he carried as a teenager, but he still specializes in superheated fret work. And for him, the faster it is, the better. Bonamassa sought to showcase the "heavier side of blues" on his fourth studio recording, emphasizing the approach used by the classic English blues-rockers. And he does just that with a hyperactive "Travellin' South" that Ten Years After would have been proud to claim and a hard-edged remake of the B.B. King hit "Never Make Your Move Too Soon". The title track, a Blind Faith favorite, is transformed into a frenetic live jam while Lowell Fulson's "Reconsider Baby", a staple of Bonamassa's live show, is given an extended workout and features some of his most potent blues licks. Sometimes Bonamassa is in too much of a hurry for his own good, but his penchant for speed works especially well on a couple of instrumentals. He races through "Revenge of the 10 Gallon Hat", a country-flavored tribute to mentor Danny Gatton, and the rapid-fire, Al Di Meola-influenced closer "Faux Mantini." --Michael Point
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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J&R Adventures
  • ASIN: B0002MHDKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Terry on October 8, 2004
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The guitar gods have graced Mr. Bonamassa with lightning in his fingertips. The former child prodigy delves into blues, soul, rock and country on "Had To Cry Today". Whatever the genre, Joe proves conclusively that he's all over it. "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" and "Reconsider Baby" just freakin sizzle. You take a tight band and a deft mixture of covers and original material and the guitar that roared and you've got yourself a major type listening experience. The scary thing is, Joe's just getting started.
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After last years "Blues Deluxe", I wondered in which direction Joe Bonamassa would chose to go with his next CD. "Blues Deluxe" was an excellent set of songs that spun Joe's take on his Blues, and hardly ever left my CD player. It quickly became my favorite CD of last year. Excellent original songs, plus well chosen covers, along with top notch production and musicianship brought together a CD that would be hard to top.

However, on the brand new release "Had To Cry Today", Joe Bonamassa and the band have uped the ante, and have created a wonderful set of classic rock music. Again, sticking to the formula of mixing a few covers, with some excellent original material, Joe stretches his musical muscles here, fusing Blues inspired rock and acoustic blues. Joe's singing is in excellent form here, and much more soulfull and confident than ever.

"Never Make Your Move Too Soon", "Travellin' South", "Reconsider Baby", and the title track in particular "Had To Cry Today", a barnstorming staple of the bands live show, are excellent covers in that familiar blues territory that Joe and the band do so well, yet sounding heavier, more inspired and in your face than ever before.

Joe lets loose on 2 instrumentals here, that not only shows his virtuosity and talent, but also his diversity. Joe's finding more notes out of the air than ever before. "Revenge of the 10 Gallon Hat", is Joe's ode to the late Danny Gatton. Joe country picks with the best of them here, and if you didn't know better, you'd swear it's Mr. Gatton himself. "Faux Mantini" ends the CD, with an explosive display of acoustic guitar playing in the realm of Al DiMeola, that is at once shocking to hear. How can he play that fast, and still be musical?
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I was waiting for the follow-up of Blues Deluxe impatiently, hoping that Joe would have followed the same route: playing the blues. Unfortunately this is not the case. The new one is a sort of hybrid, a lot from his first two albums and just a little bit from his last one, and from my point of view, his best. I wouldn't like to be misunderstood: I love it. However I prefer Joe when he plays straight-ahead blues rather than hard rock-blues. Nevertheless the guitar playing is breath taking and also his singing has improved. It is just a bit too much on the "heavy" side for my taste. I personally believe that instead of looking for speed, or number of notes played in a second, or volume, our hero should start thinking about the emotion you can transmit, and the tension you can create, just not playing a note rather than filling the musical intervals with too many. He is still young and I am still confident that he will be, one day, one of the greatest blues guitar players. Looking forward for the next one, I am afraid that I can rate this album only 4 stars.
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A great one to choose from his past recordings. Prefer it over Dustbowl one only because I like the more bluesy choices included on this on like "Down by the River" and "Just Around the Bend". He really can sing the blues--great vocals. Someday would love to see some of those songs appear again on a new CD with his vocals enhanced--if you could imagine--with another singer (a.k.a. Bonnie Raitt, etc.). Love the Joe Man as he and his music inspires us all! A true giver to the arts and young musicians.
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I cannot tell you how good this is in this little review box. You can't box in Bonamassa! If you like Guitar Driven Rock, Blues, Blues Rock, Jazz - all from a very young guy who not only writes his lyrics but also his music and it's actually good - you want this.This guy is the most under-rated musician you have never heard of. When you hear this (hopefully through real speakers - not amped up bass boosters from hell) you will hear music - like it's the first time. I accidentally found him and bought 2 CDs.
Then I went to a used CD shop and bought the rest of his entire catalog (new & unopened) including the 2 CDs with Beth Hart and his first rock band's CD and his other pet project Rock Candy Funk Party. Then I found the DVD concerts and then the blu rays concerts. I'm tellin' you "Get up off-a that thing".........and buy ALL OF IT. You WILL thank me.....
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Album sounds better with each listen. Can tell Joe put some effort into this album. Too bad not better known, have liked all of his work. Joe's vocals are excellant and so as is typical the guitar playing. Joe is one of the best there is, if do you not know him buy this album and get introduced. Joe mixes Blues, country and Classic Rock together. You can hear a little of each in certain tracks. The highlights include Had To Cry Today {yes this is Blind Faith's song nicely redone}, Around The Bend and When the Sun Goes Down. I miss some the harder, edgier tracks that have been on previous albums; this album is in my opinion a mellower effort. But, as I previously said it gets better with every listen. Not a weak track and the order flows. Joe and company paid attention to the details here, the more you listen the more you appreciate and understand the album's overall depth. A high quality effort 4 1/2 stars. As good of an album as I've heard in 18 months, seriously.
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