Joe Bonamassa Releases New Album - British Blues Explosion Live - Spring 2018

On Friday 18th May, two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues rock guitar icon, Joe Bonamassa, releases British Blues Explosion Live, available on CD/DVD/Blu-Ray & 3LP (black/red, white & blue). 

One thing that is quite interesting about the music Joe Bonamassa chooses to release is that it isn’t just about studio albums. Joe has remained thoughtful and considerate to the needs of his fans throughout his career by ensuring that there is cohesion and a strong connection between his music on record and live performances. They aren’t mutually exclusive. For example, Joe has so far released a staggering 15 live albums all of which bookmark a particular place in his career or celebrate the magic of a particular tour. So what fans are able to enjoy are firstly the studio album, the exhilaration of attending a live performance and then being able to have a live record to collectively provide a trio of delights. Whilst having photographs or even a T-shirt from the shows are a great keepsake in our view the best souvenir is being able to own the performance itself, and what we get from Joe Bonamassa is an unwavering commitment to quality and the delivery of the very best packages.

A salute to the British Blues Explosion, featuring the unbelievable music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, Joe pays tribute to his British Blues heroes during a short but very sweet tour of Britain. This show was recorded at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London on July 7, 2016.

What this live recording beautifully captures is what it really meant to be at this event in person, on what was a gorgeous summers day. Not only that but I think it actually serves as a reminder of what the ideal summers day should be: kicking back with a cold drink in the hot sun watching one of the world’s best blues rock guitarists doing what he does best. As the temperatures start to escalate in the UK in May, it’s perhaps the perfect time to release such a special package. 

Just taking a moment to focus on the additional experiences the DVD and Blu-ray offer, the beautiful setting, together with the most gorgeous sweeping camera angles – with some great occasional aerial shots – make this a particularly enjoyable live affair. There is also some quite amazing bonus content such as Joe performing "Taxman" Live at the Cavern Club, Joe being honoured with a "Brick In The Wall", the British Blues Explosion Explained by Mick Wall, as well as a photo gallery of the British Blues Explosion UK Tour.

Overall this is a great package and the perfect souvenir from a very special tour. Check out the taster in Joe’s performance of SWLABR below and see for yourself.