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Blues - Released September 21, 2018 | J&R Adventures

One, two, three! That’s right, three albums in a single year for Joe Bonamassa! Following his collaboration with Beth Hart on Black Coffee and his British Blues Explosion Live, the Gibson man absolves himself of his sins with a thirteenth studio album: Redemption. Here we find a collection of original tracks that, before going around the world, went around countless recording studios! Nashville, Sydney, Las Vegas and Miami all played a part in the creation of this album produced by Kevin Shirley. The album opens with an evil blues-rock influenced by rockabilly styles (Evil Mama), then later on we have a sensually groovy saxophone on Pick Up The Pieces and a melancholy tune on acoustic guitar (Stronger Now In Broken Places), as Bonamassa clears his conscience. With Tom Hambridge, James House, Gary Nicholson, Richard Page and legendary Dion DiMucci, he offers a twelve-track redemption that could stand the test of time. Looking past his technical skill, Joe Bonamassa’s song-writing ability truly shines through on this album. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz

Blues - Released May 18, 2018 | J&R Adventures

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We really do wonder what Joe Bonamasa puts in his morning coffee. The blues-rock workaholic is back, with an ever-growing electric current in his fingers. Once again, he fills the arena with British blues lovers and preaches a sermon that all his sheep never tire of listening to. British Blues Explosion Live bears his name perfectly. It is a bomb that has just been released at Greenwhich Music Time in London, where no less than fourteen tracks have been recorded. While the attention revolves around Bonamasa, he pays tribute to his heroes from Old Blighty, namely Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. He begins with a cover of Beck's Bolero/Rice Pudding, then follows with a sequence of surprises: Plynth by Rod Stewart, Motherless Children by Clapton, Tea For One by Page and Let Me Love You Baby by Willie Dixon! We find here yet more talent from Bonamasa, who knows how to appropriate classics and not to be crushed by the genius of his predecessors. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz

Blues - Released June 27, 2017 | J&R Adventures

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Live at Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening is the 15th live album Joe Bonamassa has released since 2002 but only the second acoustic live set. This means Live at Carnegie Hall, like 2013's An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House before it, stands out from his annual electric extravaganzas, sounding a little more subdued and relaxed than its companions. Bonamassa still spits out a flurry of notes -- that's his signature -- but the acoustic setting softens his aggression, and his band follows suit. The songs aren't so much reinterpreted as given a gentler touch, and in a catalog filled with similar feeling records, that distinction is welcome. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Blues - Released March 22, 2011 | J&R Adventures

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For his second solo album in a year -- not counting his excursion with Black Country Communion -- Joe Bonamassa, the hardest working blues-rock guitarist of the 21st century, strikes up a bit of a smoky Black Keys vibe, signaling that he’s not quite as devoted to the past as he may initially seem. It’s not the only trick he has up his sleeve, either. Appropriately enough for an album entitled Dust Bowl, Bonamassa kicks up some country dirt on this record, enlisting John Hiatt for a duet on the songwriter’s “Tennessee Plates” and bringing Vince Gill in to play on the lazy shuffle “Sweet Rowena.” These are accents to an album that otherwise sticks to Bonamassa’s strong suit of blues in the vein of Cream, Stevie Ray, and Gary Moore, but it’s just enough of a difference to give Dust Bowl a distinctive flavor and suggests that the guitarist’s constant work is pushing him to synthesize his clear influences into something that is uniquely his own. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Blues - Released June 9, 2009 | J&R Adventures

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Despite his statement in the liner notes that "In an era where it is best to play it safe, I chose to take a risk...," there isn't much surprising or risky about young guitarist Joe Bonamassa's fifth studio album. Most of his previous releases have mixed blues covers with his own originals, all played with a rocker's attitude, volume and less-than-subtle approach. This one follows suit and even though he goes on to say that he "wanted to make a blues album, not a rock album that has blues on it," as in the past; it's impossible to claim that he has succeeded with You & Me. That doesn't make this a bad or disappointing disc; quite the contrary, it's a solid blues-rock release and arguably his best work to date. But as early as the second track, an original rocker titled "Bridge to Better Days," Bonamassa takes off on an early Free/Savoy Brown-styled stomper. Things settle down and get more rootsy on the following two slow blues tracks, although a lovely Bonamassa original, "Asking Around for You," adds strings, not exactly a touch most would associate with pure blues. Regardless, it's extremely effective and when the strings return on a nine-and-a-half-minute cover of Led Zeppelin's "Tea for One," it is a spine-tingling experience and possibly this album's finest moment. Drummer Jason Bonham, who is excellent throughout, brings additional authenticity to the song his dad first played on. Bonamassa unplugs for a few mid-disc tracks, including a cover of "Tamp 'Em Up Solid" (oddly credited to Ry Cooder but typically known as a traditional piece, even on Cooder's version). Twelve-year-old harmonica whiz L.D. Miller does his best John Popper imitation on a hyperactive version of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Your Funeral and My Trial" (someone needs to inform the kid that playing lots of notes really fast doesn't mean he has soul), and the instrumental titled "Django" shows that Bonamassa has been listening to Gary Moore's "Parisienne Walkways." It adds up to a quality Bonamassa disc that will please existing fans and might bring some new ones into the fold, but it's also one that doesn't take the chances that he claims might push the guitarist into uncharted territory. ~ Hal Horowitz

Blues - Released August 7, 2014 | J&R Adventures

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Blues - Released May 19, 2014 | J&R Adventures

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Joe Bonamassa's Tour de Force: Live in London video series presents four concerts recorded in the U.K. that feature the famed New York guitarist and his band in various settings that document his career. Each of the four DVDs is loosely themed and includes music that Bonamassa had recorded but seldom if ever played live. Though the track lists may be similar, various themes change up the arrangements night to night. This date is the culmination of the London tour. It's considered the greatest-hits night and is divergent from the other evenings in that the gig is half acoustic/half electric. Standouts on the first part of the evening include "Palm Trees, Helicopters and Gasoline," an unplugged reading of Tom Waits' "Jockey Full of Bourbon," and "From the Valley." The electric highlights are "Mountain Time," "Dust Bowl," and "Sloe Gin." Also included on the disc is behind-the-scenes and interview footage.

Blues - Released June 9, 2009 | J&R Adventures

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Named after the early Jethro Tull classic, which he expertly covers here in a jaw-dropping performance, A New Day Yesterday is a fine debut by guitar ace Joe Bonamassa. And though his record company tried to ride the coattails of teenage guitar prodigies like Kenny Wayne Shepard and Jonny Lang and position him (misguidedly and much too late) as a straight-up prodigal blues kid, Bonamassa is really much more than a traditional bluesman. Rather, as best exemplified by the Jethro Tull number cited above, his bluesy take on Free's "Walk in My Shadows," or his hard boogie romp through Al Kooper's "Nuthin' I Wouldn't Do (For a Woman Like You)," this excellent debut places the guitarist's influences as much in classic '70s hard rock as in the blues. Along with his deceptively age-wearied vocals (he was only 22 at the time of this recording), this unusual combination translates into the aggressive, soulful crunch heard on Bonamassa's many original compositions. Among these, the jolting double whammy of "Miss You, Hate You" and "Colour and the Shape" (note the Anglicized spelling) are the most obvious standouts, but the guitarist also makes the Warren Haynes-penned "If Heartaches Were Nickels" his own with a tense, riveting performance. All in all, a promising debut. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Pop/Rock - Released June 14, 2011 | J&R Adventures

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Blues - Released October 2, 2015 | J&R Adventures

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Blues - Released May 19, 2014 | J&R Adventures

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Joe Bonamassa's Tour de Force: Live in London video series presents four concerts recorded in the U.K. that feature the famed New York guitarist and his band in various settings that document his career. Each of the four DVDs is loosely themed and includes music that Bonamassa had recorded but seldom if ever played live. Though the track lists may be similar, various themes change up the arrangements night to night. This volume marks the tour's first evening. As such, it features a brief acoustic set, followed by the guitarist and a rhythm section at their loosest and most improvisatory, in full jam mode. Highlights include "Your Funeral My Trial," "Story of a Quarryman," "The River," and a sprawling reading of Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced." Also included on the disc is behind-the-scenes and interview footage.

Blues - Released June 9, 2009 | J&R Adventures

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Something of an odd release, A New Day Yesterday Live documents the final date of a 60-day jaunt during blues guitar prodigy Joe Bonamassa's 2001 tour in support of his major-label debut bearing the same title, and (this is the odd part), released just a few months earlier. Just why his record company felt the need for it, then, is up for grabs (more promotion...thinking Bonamassa's virtuosity came across stronger in a live setting...who knows?), but what's clear is that the young guitarist's trio lacked nothing in terms of on-stage presence and performing tightness as compared to what was heard on said studio album. Their kinetic reinventions of oft-overlooked '70s rock classics such as Free's "Walk in My Shadows" and Jethro Tull's "A New Day Yesterday" instantly distinguish Bonamassa from teenage blues competitors such as the overly Stevie Ray Vaughan-reliant Kenny Wayne Shepherd or the more purist (and technically less dazzling) Jonny Lang, and his better-conceived originals ("Colour & Shape," the wonderful "Miss You Hate You") stand up under any circumstance -- but again, so what? Didn't listeners just buy their studio versions a few months ago? Yes, there's the additional benefit of extended jamming and incendiary guitar soloing to expand upon their themes, but suffice to say that this set need only be sought out by Bonamassa fanatics, or, in the event that they've yet to hear the studio version, first timers, too -- why not? ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

Blues - Released May 19, 2014 | J&R Adventures

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Blues - Released May 19, 2014 | J&R Adventures

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Joe Bonamassa's Tour de Force: Live in London video series presents four concerts recorded in the U.K. that feature the famed New York guitarist and his band in various settings that document his career. Each of the four DVDs is loosely themed and includes music that Bonamassa had recorded but seldom if ever played live. Though the track lists may be similar, various themes change up the arrangements night to night. This date, the third in the series, is subtitled on his website as Rock 'n' Roll Night. That said, it contains a brief solo acoustic set followed by the blazing rock & roll show. Highlights of the evening include his cover of Tom Waits' "Jockey Full of Bourbon," "When the Fire Hits the Sea," and a scorching "John Henry." Also included here is behind-the-scenes and interview footage.

Pop/Rock - Released March 23, 2010 | J&R Adventures

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Blues - Released June 28, 2018 | J&R Adventures

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Blues - Released March 20, 2018 | J&R Adventures

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Rock - Released October 24, 2000 | Epic - 550 Music - Okeh

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