Black Rock

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2010
  • Label: Premier Artists
  • UPC: 804879202325
  • Catalog Number: 92023
  • Sales rank: 22,004

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Bonamassa Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Anton Fig Percussion, Drums
B.B. King Guest Appearance
Carmine Rojas Bass
Lee Thornburg Brass
David Woodford Saxophone
Manolis Karadinis Bouzouki
Rick Melick Keyboards
Bogie Bowles Percussion, Drums
Thanasis Vasilopoulos Clarino
Technical Credits
Blind Boy Fuller Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Leonard Cohen Composer
Jeff Beck Composer
John Hiatt Composer
Rod Stewart Composer
Ron Wood Composer
Bobby Parker Composer
Joe Bonamassa Composer, Executive Producer
Walt Breeland Composer
Paul Buskirk Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Otis Rush Composer
Kevin Shirley Producer
Lee Thornburg Arranger
Denis Caribaux Engineer
Roy Weisman Executive Producer
James Clark Composer
Jared Kvitka Engineer
Dave Pate Guitar Techician
Aaron "Hambone" Lanker Drum Technician, Merchandising
"Bitter Dave" Pate Guitar Techician
Colin Moody Bass Technician
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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    Steal your heart away is a great song and Joe has made it better

    Steal your heart away is a great song and Joe has made it better. BB
    King is the icing on the cake for this CD.

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    Posted March 29, 2010

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