Joe Bonamassa Live From New York Beacon Theater
Studio: J&R Adventures, LLC
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Review Date: September 23, 2012
Back in March when the concert DVD, Joe Bonamassa Beacon Theater Live From New York , was released, I basically said, “Love it. Buy it. Now!” For the CD soundtrack of that DVD, it’s obvious that I’m going to say the same exact thing.
And, just as I said in that review, I’ll say in this review of the CD, the guitar prodigy knocks it out of the park yet again with a tremendous delivery of 20 tunes – 6 of them with a little help from his friends Beth Hart (I’ll Take Care of You and Sinner’s Prayer), John Hiatt (Down Around My Place and I Know A Place), and Paul Rodgers (Fire and Water and Walk In My Shadow) and all of them great. The only number that’s not on this CD that is on the DVD is the second bonus track on the DVD, Woke Up Dreaming, which is a crying shame but nowhere near a deal breaker.
Just like the DVD, the CD starts out with playing an acoustic guitar in a New York subway, trying to earn some money without much success. The next number is then from inside the beautiful and iconic Beacon Theater where the real show begins with an incredible deliver of Slow Train from Joe’s latest CD, Bust Bowl. Just as with the DVD, from the opening note on, you will be mesmerized. Of course, the all-time Boomerocity favorite tune, Mountain Time, is performed on this CD – this time with a great little blues riff added towards the end of the solo. I imagine guitarists the world over will be mimicking that lick (or try to) as a result.
So, I’ve said all of that to say this: Love it. Buy it. Now! Oh, and start saving your pennies, selling your aluminum cans for the latest CD, Afterglow, that Joe’s other band, Black Country Communion, releases next month. Boomerocity already has a copy and let’s just say you’re gonna wanna buy it, too! Stay tuned!
Written by Randy Patterson