Beacon Theatre: Live from New York

Beacon Theatre: Live from New York

by Joe BonamassaJoe Bonamassa


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Joe Bonamassa is a guitar hero and a road dog -- the blues-rock crusher plays up to 200 shows a year, and it's significant that of the 15 albums he released between 2000 and 2012, four of them were live sets. When Bonamassa played the Beacon Theatre in New York City in November 2011, the marquee declared it "the guitar event of the year," and something that important would certainly merit another live album, wouldn't it? Beacon Theatre: Live from New York is a hefty two-disc set that features plenty of Bonamassa's trademark guitar work, at once precise and bombastic and firmly rooted in the traditions of British blues, and for this show he had Paul Rodgers on hand to lend appropriately swaggering lead vocals to a pair of Free covers, "Fire and Water" and "Walk in My Shadows." Two other guest singers pop up on this set: John Hiatt, whose craggy tone lends a welcome bit of texture to versions of two of his tunes, "Down Around My Place" and "I Know a Place," and Beth Hart, who has collaborated with Bonamassa in the past and lends her voice to spirited versions of "Sinner's Prayer" and "I'll Take Care of You." There's no arguing the technical skill of Bonamassa and his band (Carmine Rojas on bass, Rick Melick on keys, and Tal Bergman on drums), who perform with the accuracy of a Swiss watch, but some might question his taste -- there's nothing the least bit subtle about Bonamassa's big, burly sound, and the emotional shadings of these songs are pretty much trampled into the dirt by the end of disc one, while the presence of the guest stars unfortunately reminds listeners that Bonamassa's vocals are not on a par with his skills on the fretboard. But if you're already a convert, Beacon Theatre: Live from New York finds Bonamassa playing with all his might for a crowd who are clearly digging what he has to offer, and if, like many of his fans, you're convinced he sounds stronger and more powerful on-stage, this album will tide you over nicely until he next rolls into your area.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
Label: J&R Adventures
UPC: 0804879354871
catalogNumber: 935487
Rank: 5372


Disc 1

  1. 72nd St. Subway Blues (Intro)
  2. Slow Train
  3. Cradle Rock
  4. When The Fire Hits The Sea
  5. Midnight Blues
  6. Dust Bowl
  7. The River
  8. I'll Take Care Of You
  9. Sinner's Prayer
  10. You Better Watch Yourself
  11. Steal Your Heart Away

Disc 2

  1. Bird On A Wire
  2. Down Around My Place
  3. I Know A Place
  4. Blue And Evil
  5. Walk In My Shadows
  6. Fire And Water
  7. Mountain Time
  8. Young Man Blues
  9. If Heartaches Were Nickels

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Bonamassa   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
John Hiatt   Guest Appearance
Paul Rodgers   Guest Appearance
Tal Bergman   Percussion
Carmine Rojas   Bass
Beth Hart   Guest Appearance
Rick Melick   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Lowell Fulson   Composer
Lloyd Glenn   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Rory Gallagher   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Gary Moore   Composer
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Andy Fraser   Composer
Paul Kossoff   Composer
Warren Haynes   Composer
Bobby Parker   Composer
Joe Bonamassa   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Simon Kirke   Composer
Kevin Shirley   Composer,Producer
Peter Noble   Public Relations
Bob Held   Composer
Walter Jacobs   Composer
Jonathan Smith   Monitor Engineer
Roy Weisman   Executive Producer
Mike Hickey   Guitar Techician
Jared Kvitka   Engineer
Michael Jensen   Public Relations
Colin Moody   Stage Manager,Bass Technician
Clancy Fraser   Tour Manager
Will Taylor   Public Relations
Neil O'Brien   Booking
Erin Cook   Public Relations
Eric Roa   System Engineer,Pro-Tools
Pete Sangha   Booking
Thomas Jeffries   Drum Technician

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