I've been saying it for about a decade, and I'll say it again: Joe Bonamassa has good taste. Just consider his gear choices, his note choices and the fact that he hangs and records with Stevie Ray Vaughan's former bandmates (Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans).
He's also a man who truly appreciates the "big three" of blues-based British rock—Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. In fact, on his latest live album/DVD, British Blues Explosion Live, Bonamassa breathes a bit of fire into a slew of classic tunes originally recorded by the mighty three.
For instance, check out his just-posted performance of "Let Me Love You Baby," a bruising, blues-ing tune that originally appeared on Jeff Beck's debut solo album, Truth, which was released in the summer of 1968. The song, not to be confused with the Buddy Guy tune of the same name, was originally sung by Rod Stewart and features a particularly catchy guitar hook—at least for a I-IV-V album track. You can hear Beck's original version of the song (which he wrote) at the bottom of this story.
The performance was shot and recorded during Bonamassa's July 7, 2016, show at Greenwich Music Time at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, part of his "British blues explosion" tour of the U.K.
"If it weren't for certain British musicians of the early Sixties, the blues may very well never have exploded into rock music as we know it today, and indeed may have passed into history," Bonamassa said in a press release.
British Blues Explosion Live will be released May 18 via J&R Adventures. For more information, visit jbonamassa.com.
British Blues Explosion Live Track List:
1. Beck's Bolero/Rice Pudding
2. Mainline Florida
3. Boogie with Stu
4. Let Me Love You Baby
5. Plynth (Water Down the Drain)
6. Spanish Boots
7. Double Crossing Time
8. Motherless Children
10. Tea for One/I Can't Quit You Baby
11. Little Girl
13. Black Winter/Django
14. How Many More Times