Joe Bonamassa
Live From the Royal Albert Hall

  2 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

2012 EU issue on 180gm vinyl LP - One of the World's Greatest Guitar Players! Simply Wonderful, Full of Great Guitar Playing, Solid Singing!In May ’09, he played to a sold out crowd at London’s Royal Albert Hall, arguably the mo...

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Release date: 18-11-2012

2012 EU issue vinyl LP edition, pressed on 180gm vinyl-One of the World's Greatest Guitar Players! Simply Wonderful, Full of Great Guitar Playing, Solid Singing! In May ’09, he played to a sold out crowd at London’s Royal Albert Hall, arguably the most prestigious concert venue in the world. During the show, Bonamassa’s hero, Eric Clapton, joined him on stage for a joint-performance of Clapton’s hit “Further On Up The Road.” London’s The Independent said about the show, “The man has arrived, and there’s no turning back.”- with printed inner sleeves in gatefold sleeve.

Tracks:
A1     Django     
A2     The Ballad Of John Henry     
A3     So It's Like That     
A4     Last Kiss     
A5     So Many Roads     
A6     Stop!     

B1     Further On Up The Road     
B2     Woke Up Dreaming     
B3     High Water Everywhere     
B4     Sloe Gin     
B5     Lonesome Road Blues     

C1     Happier Times     
C2     Your Funeral My Trial     
C3     Blues Deluxe     
C4     Story Of A Quarryman     
C5     The Great Flood     

D1     Just Got Paid     
D2     Mountain Time     
D3     Asking Around For You

As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational.

In May ’09, he played to a sold out crowd at London’s Royal Albert Hall, arguably the most prestigious concert venue in the world. During the show, Bonamassa’s hero, Eric Clapton, joined him on stage for a joint-performance of Clapton’s hit “Further On Up The Road.” London’s The Independent said about the show, “The man has arrived, and there’s no turning back.”

In 2009, Joe was awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the U.K.’s prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards and Classic Rock magazine has said, “They’re calling him the future of blues, but they’re wrong – Joe Bonamassa is the present; so fresh and of his time that he almost defines it.” He was also named Best Blues Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards for the third consecutive year. Guitar Player writer Matt Blackett has said, “He’s an old soul, and that comes through in his bends, vibrato, singing voice, and note choices, which – with each passing year – get more restrained and refined.”

2009 also marked Bonamassa’s twentieth year as a professional musician, an extraordinary timeline for a young artist just into his ’30s. A child prodigy, Bonamassa was finessing Stevie Ray Vaughan licks when he was seven and by the time he was ten, had caught B.B. King’s ear. After first hearing him play, King said, “This kid’s potential is unbelievable. He hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface. He’s one of a kind.” By age 12, Bonamassa was opening shows for the blues icon and went on to tour with venerable acts including Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman.

Bonamassa circles the globe playing an average of 200 shows a year, and his mind-blowing guitar wizardry and electrifying stage presence are selling out progressively larger venues all the time. The OC Register’s Robert Kinsler has written, “Whether in a club or outdoors at a festival, something magnetic happens when Bonamassa steps to the front of the stage, leans his head back and simply lets loose.”

"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... 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." - Steve Leggett, allmusic.com


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.
-All Music Guide

Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Provogue
Originally released: 2009
This release: 2012
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