Author: Pete Sargeant

Joe Bonamassa – Live At The Greek Theatre

Joe Bonamassa Live At The Greek Theatre (Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group) This release completes the circle on Joe’s tribute projects for the moment but with the more recent Brit Blues nod presumably to come – we saw Kevin Shirley running around filming at the Greenwich show – and in CD and DVD/Blu-Ray format. This is not a release I have had the chance to speak to Joe about, though I did hear many of the numbers included here at various Bonamassa gigs in London and The South. The band assembled for this LA show has the cracking rhythm section...

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Tony Wright – Walnut Dash

Tony Wright Walnut Dash (Independent) When I go to see a live show, I feel better connected to the act if he ?she makes some sort of effort to announce the songs clearly, explain origins of songs and generally chat to the crowd. If the artist(s) can be funny, so much the better. Wright’s new studio album songs really come to life when he performs them and the record sounds better once you have taken in a live show. We had seen him fronting Terrorvision and Glenn had secured a very warm interview with Tony so a journey up...

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Dave Hanson – Almost Horizontal

Dave Hanson  Almost Horizontal (Six String Social Records) “Dave Hanson’s “Almost Horizontal” is a breakthrough album in many ways. Combining blues and melodic changes in its song structures, the record has a a futuristic sense about it. This is the direction music SHOULD be going: fresh, innovative and haunting. Hanson is an original, one from whom I hope to hear more music as his inspiration grows!” Mick Martin  –  Mick Martin’s Blues Party – KXJZ – Sacramento USA   When he was in the Dunwells, Hanson brought a Mike Campbell touch to the band’s arrangements and occasional solos and...

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The Beatles – Live At Hollywood Bowl

The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl (Apple Records) The trouble with previous versions of these shows in 1964 and 1965 – official or not – is that the screaming of hysterical female fans buried the actual music. Now that the tapes have been worked upon and by Giles Martin son of George Martin no less we can all pretty much hear what nobody including the band on stage could ever hear before – the music. They were a kick-ass rock’n’roll band sounding much closer to the spirited performances heard on early BBC radio shows, the drums and bass...

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Eric Clapton: Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale

Eric Clapton Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale (Reprise/Bushbranch Records – Warners) When the buzz about JJ Cale first started, he brought his band over from the US to play in Victoria in London. The show started with a row of musicians getting into the groove. Eventually one stepped up to a mike and began to growl..so THAT was JJ! The set flowed along, real foot-tapping stuff. A slight bearded figure moved in the background and plugged in a Strat. I leaned over to my partner of the time and whispered. She loudly and scornfully exclaimed...

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