First of all, I don’t think that I’m in any position to say that a cd is good or bad. It is only my humble opinion that has as much value as the next man’s. Having recorded a couple of cd’s myself that I also produced, financed, etc. I think I have a better idea than some concerning what it takes to get that silvery disc onto the shelves in your local store. When I read about the recording process (the cd has been recorded in several different countries and locations), that it has been done while maintaining a hectic tour schedule, I must give a lot of credit to Joe for pulling this off! Touring and recording are on their own already very strenuous, hectic, and time consuming, doing them simultaneously you are either very brave or just plain crazy…
As I’m writing this review I’m still getting used to the new sounds and songs that Joe put on this cd that I’ve got now for about a week or so… In general I think that it is a very nice cd with solid guitar-work that you can expect from our master Bonamassa. Somehow though I missed that moment where I dropped everything I was doing to give all of my attention to the music.
In addition to that, I do not have a single song yet of that album that I would love to dedicate a video lesson to. Now that’s weird because the songs are good, the guitars are good but something’s missing for me I guess…
I realized that songs like “Story of A Quarryman”, “Ballad of John Henry”, and others have a very recognizable guitar-riff that just about anyone can play. (Making them up is a different story all together) On this cd the only song that has that quality is Heartbreaker. Some songs do not have that quality because of how they’re mixed and produced. Sometimes there’s so much going on that you kind of missing the essence. This made me realize that I listen to this cd in 2 different ways:
- I listen to the music in general, is it a nice song, does it touch me,…
- I listen to hear if I can use it in my lessons
So the music is great but apparently point 2 is also important to me I guess which to my ears is missing.
So what did I really like? Well, the intro of Slow Train is very cool! The drummer plays with brushes and imitates a locomotive and does it so well that it’s almost scary!
On Tennessee plates I love the vibe and the vocals of guest John Hiatt.
The Last Matador Of Bayonne is a great blues/rock ballad with a solo that he could have stretched to give and extra minute or 2 for the build up but what a sound! Definitely one of my favorites of this album!
André van Berlo – Yourguitarworkshop.com
My Favourite TracksThe Last Matador Of Bayonne Great vibe and solo
The Meaning Of The Blues
Black Lung Heartache
What I Love
- Awesome intro of Slow Train (especially drums mimicking a train)
- Great vibe and vocals (John Hiatt) on Tennesse Plates
- Great solo on The Last Matador of Bayonne
Not So Much
- Not really any awesome recognisable guitar riffs
- Production seems too slick
I think that every Joe Bonamassa enthusiast will have a blast with this cd but I don’t think that their top 5 of “Joe Bonamassa all-time favorites” will change due to this release.