Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

by Joe Bonamassa


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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2010
Label: Premier Artists
UPC: 0804879234029
catalogNumber: 92340
Rank: 11540

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Bonamassa   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Anton Fig   Drums
Paul Jones   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Carmine Rojas   Bass Guitar
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Rick Melick   Keyboards,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Bogie Bowles   Drums
Mike Feltham   Trombone
Sean Freeman   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Charley Patton   Composer
Rod Stewart   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Joe Bonamassa   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Bruce Brody   Composer
Billy Gibbons   Composer
Bill Ham   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Paul Marshall   Composer
Don Robey   Composer
Kevin Shirley   Producer
Lee Thornburg   Brass Arrangment
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Aaron Lakner   Drum Technician,Monitor Technician
Mike Himelstein   Composer
Robert Bosmans   Composer
Etienne Lefebvre   Composer
Dennis Friel   Graphic Design
Roy Weisman   Executive Producer
Britannia Row   Engineer
Scot McFadyen   Director
Dave Pattenden   Video Producer
Erin Podbereski   Public Relations
Michael Jensen   Public Relations
Sam Dunn   Director
Robert Ezrin   Composer
Dave Pate   Guitar Techician,Stage Manager
Gregg Sutton   Composer
Joe M. Veasey   Composer
Colin Moody   Bass Technician
Warren Cracknell   Tour Manager
Saul Skourtarides   Monitor Engineer

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Scuzz More than 1 year ago
An excellent guitarist who performs the vocals is hard to find and this guy does both great. A very good live CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The DVD is excellent. The CD is also very enjoyable. What a fantastic musician! The one star rating must be a mistake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mcstump57 More than 1 year ago
Joe just gets BETTER n BETTER, This will knock your socks off !!!