Sloe Gin

Sloe Gin

by Joe Bonamassa

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Overview

For his seventh studio album, guitar wiz Joe Bonamassa has chosen to work again with producer Kevin Shirley, who produced the highly successful and huge-sounding You & Me for Bonamassa in 2006. This outing, though, is far from a ditto session, with a much more acoustic feel and a greater focus on Bonamassa's singing, which unfortunately has been generally (and unfairly) overshadowed by his guitar playing. Bonamassa has also stepped up his songwriting (four of the 11 tracks here are originals; the rest are blues and hard rock covers) and cut way down on his clichés, delivering in the process his most varied and impressive album yet. The lead track, a version of Chris Whitley's "Ball Peen Hammer," is an atmospheric gem, as is the title tune, a cover of a song written by Bob Ezrin and Michael Kamen that first appeared on Tim Curry's solo debut album in 1978. Bonamassa's singing on both of these is wonderfully nuanced and shows he can do way more than just shout out blues-rockers. Also worth noting is his Dobro work on a fine cover of John Martyn's "Jelly Roll," and then there are the four originals -- "Dirt in My Pocket," "Richmond," "Around the Bend," and the striking "India" -- which show Bonamassa's continued growth and confidence as a songwriter. There are less of those flashy and jaw-dropping guitar leads on Sloe Gin (rest assured, he stretches out a few times on guitar, though), which is mostly a good thing, since it allows his increasing maturity as a writer and singer to shine through. This is a fine album, and one gets the distinct feeling that an even better one may be lurking just around the bend.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2007
Label: Premier Artists
UPC: 0805386028323
catalogNumber: 60283
Rank: 6307

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Bonamassa   Primary Artist
Anton Fig   Percussion,Drums
Carmine Rojas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Rick Melick   Keyboards,Tabla
Bogie Bowles   Drums
Bovaland Symphonic Orchestra   Strings

Technical Credits

John Martyn   Composer
John Mayall   Composer
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Chris Whitley   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Joe Bonamassa   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jeff Bova   Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Ezrin   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Mick Ralphs   Composer
Kevin Shirley   Audio Production
Jim Huff   Composer
Mike Himelstein   Composer
Dennis Friel   Graphic Design,Art Direction,Cover Illustration
Roy Weisman   Executive Producer
Jared Kvitka   Engineer
Rick Melick   Composer

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Sloe Gin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like his good friend Walter Trout, Joe Bonamassa is a virtuoso blues guitarist, as well as a first class song writer, but neither has been able to gain much attention or radio play over the last 20 years. Part of the problem is that there are few blues stations to let people hear the incredible music of such legendary master like Jimmy Thackery, Coco Montoya, Gary Moore, and Walter Trout. The highlights of this new album are "Sloe Gin' and Richmond", but he does a nice job on a few covers as well. His songwriting is finally catching up to his formidable guitar skills, so hopefully this will be his breakthrough album that introduces his work to a wider audience. If you get the chance to hear him live you will understand why his peers consider him to be one of the finest blues guitarists on the planet.