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Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa's BluRay release, Joe Bonamassa Live From The Royal Albert Hall, a stunning live set. The film, released on May 19th by Bonamassa's record company J&R Adventures, captures the intensity and excitement of the May 2009 show that marked Bonamassa s headlining debut at arguably the most prestigious concert venue in the world. May 4, 2009 was a day 20 years in the making, says Bonamassa. I have never been so honored in my life. It was truly larger than the sum of its parts.
At the Hall, Bonamassa had the added honor of being joined onstage by the legendary Eric Clapton. The Guitar Buzz calls it, A must-have BluRay release for any Joe Bonamassa fan and frankly, any person who plays the guitar and appreciates instrumental mastery at work. Joe Bonamassa is to the guitar what Liberace was to the piano. He's a 6-string maestro. And Brian D. Holland writes in Guitar International, It s not only a momentous occasion for Joe Bonamassa, it s one for bluesrock in general.
This live set, which features a twelve-camera high definition, surround sound shoot produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith) and an exclusive interview and behind-the-scenes footage with Bonamassa, presents that magical night in full for posterity, and for all the fans that couldn t be among the roughly 5,000 concertgoers filling the seats.
Bonamassa performs with a combination of searing excellence and showmanship that underlined exactly why he has risen to the top of the most punishing circuit in popular music today.
"Live From The Royal Albert Hall is Joe Bonamassa's third live album. The performance took place in May 2009.
The second I heard this album it gave me goosebumps. All of Bonamassa's albums are great, but there is nothing better than hearing him live. Live From The Royal Albert Hall opens up with "Django" and then the "Ballad of John Henry." The album is essentially a best of to this point of Joe's career prior to Black Rock.
The 19 song set list does include a few songs not on any of Bonamassa's studio albums such as "Just Got Paid," which is also on Live From Nowhere in Particular. The other track is "Further On Up the Road" featuring Eric Clapton, which is fantastic.
My only gripe with the album is the audio quality doesn't seem to be on par with Live From Nowhere in Particular. I'm not sure if it's how the album was mixed, but you need to turn the volume up a little louder. All in all it's a great album and one any Bonamassa or blues fan should own." -BluesRockReview.blogspot
"My review copy of Joe Bonamassa's "Live at Royal Albert Hall" DVD arrived 10 days ago and I have been so addicted to watching it (over and over) that I have not taken the time to sit down and write about it.
There's a ton of Joe Bonamassa video footage on YouTube (thanks to Joe's very liberal "video-recording-with-your-digital-camera-is-allowed-at-my-concerts" policy). Unfortunately, much of it lacks in cinematography and sound quality and will only appeal to die-hard JB fans... like me.
With the release of the "Live at Royal Albert Hall" DVD, we FINALLY have a professional quality, 5.1DTS Sound recording of the Joe Bonamassa concert experience. Believe me when I say... you have never seen anything like this before.
The band members have completely changed since the last DVD (3 years ago) and for this concert there was an added horn section and a 2nd drummer, Anton Fig, who played in perfect sync with Joe's regular drummer, Bogie Bowles.
The "dual drummer" show was like a concert within a concert.
I could honestly recommend that you buy this DVD for the drum playing alone... but as good as the drum playing is, that's not the best part. You simply do not want to miss Joe Bonamassa playing live at the Royal Albert Hall with Eric Clapton and Paul Jones on what was clearly the best night of his entire life. This show was the realization of his childhood dream.
The DVD starts with an interview with Joe, his parents and his sister. They share how Joe got started playing the guitar at age four, and why playing the RAH was so important to him. There is a great deal of "backstage footage" to enjoy of Joe and the band getting ready... and then... the concert begins!
The set-list is mostly from "The Ballad of John Henry" CD with a few additions that Joe plays on his current tour, and a spattering of all time classics - can you say "Mountain Time"?" -TheguitarBuzz
Personnel: Joe Bonamassa (vocals, guitar); Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Paul Jones (harmonica); Sean Freeman (saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet); Mike Feltham (trombone); Rick Melick (keyboards, tambourine, background vocals); Carmine Rojas (bass guitar); Bogie Bowles, Anton Fig (drums).
Audio Mixer: Kevin Shirley.
Liner Note Author: Joe Bonamassa.
Recording information: Royal Albert Hall.
Directors: Scot McFadyen; Sam Dunn.
Editor: Lisa Grootenboer.
Photographer: Christine Goodwin .
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. ~ Steve Leggett
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