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    Personnel: Joe Bonamassa (vocals, guitar); Manolis Karadinis (bouzouki); David Woodford (saxophone); Thanasis Vasilopoulos (clarino); Lee Thornburg (brass); Rick Melick (keyboards); Bogie Bowles, Anton Fig (drums, percussion). Audio Mixer: Kevin Shirley. Recording information: Black Rock Studios, Santorini, Greece; Document Room; The Cave, Malibu, CA. Photographer: Kevin Shirley. Arranger: Lee Thornburg. It's a sign of Joe Bonamassa's increasing profile that he got blues legend B.B. King to guest on his eighth album Black Rock -- and if what you're doing is good enough to rope B.B. in, there's not much reason to change, so Bonamassa doesn't tinker with his formula here, retaining a little of the folky undertow of The Ballad of John Henry, but with its remaining roots in a thick, heavy blues-rock more redolent of '60s London than the '50s Delta. Of course, Bonamassa has never shied away from his love of Brit-blues, even underscoring it with a good streamlined cover of Jeff Beck's "Spanish Boots," but he retains a healthy respect for all manners of classic blues, kicking out a Chicago groove on a cover of Otis Rush's "Three Times a Fool," reaching back to Blind Boy Fuller for "Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind" and ably replicating B.B.'s latter-day soul groove on a horn-smacked cover of Willie Nelson's "Night Life." Bonamassa has an ear for non-blues writers too, cherrypicking Leonard Cohen's "Bird on a Wire" and John Hiatt's "I Know a Place," tying it all together with beefy lead lines, but the provocative moments on Black Rock are all self-penned, whether it's the clattering stomp "When the Fire Hits the Sea," the British folk lilt of "Quarryman's Lament" and "Athens to Athens," or the droning dramatic epic "Blue and Evil." These are easily the most intriguing songs here, suggesting Bonamassa realizes that the familiar covers allow him to stretch out elsewhere, and while it might be interesting hearing him follow this path for a full album, what's here on Black Rock is both satisfying and admirably, if reservedly, ambitious. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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    UPC 804879202325
    Runtime 53 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Blues
    Label J&R Adventures Records
    Producer Kevin Shirley
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Steal Your Heart Away
    • 2. I Know a Place
    • 3. When the Fire Hits the Sea
    • 4. Quarryman's Lament
    • 5. Spanish Boots
    • 6. Bird on a Wire
    • 7. Three Times a Fool
    • 8. Night Life
    • 9. Wandering Earth
    • 10. Look Over Yondrs Wall
    • 11. Athens to Athens
    • 12. Blue and Evil
    • 13. Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Bonamassa, Joe
    Country of Origin United States

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      Our CD arrived quickly in great condition. We are enjoying some new rock/blues from a new young artist. We have always liked the classic rock, but there isn't really anything new. Joe Bonamassa is a good listen, we look forward to seeing him live.

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