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Kenny Kramme of the Joe Bonamassa Band: May 2005


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A New Day Yesterday Live – CD/DVD Review by Nightwatcher @ Rock N Roll Universe

A New Day Yesterday Live – CD/DVD Review
Review by Nightwatcher
Staff Writer

Rock N Roll Universe

Recorded on December 21st 2001 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, before a packed club on the last date of a 60 date tour in support of his debut album, 'A New Day Yesterday Live' is the aural counterpart to the superb DVD that was included in Bonamassa's 'So, It's Like That' limited edition release, minus three tracks that were on the DVD. Even without the final three, this is one of the finest sets of bluesy rock ever committed to disc.

Do you want fiery rock guitar? Well that's what you're going to get on this release, and then some.

From the opening power chords that open the "Jam (Intro)" you can tell this ain't going to be any type of sedentary release. Purists will probably hate this, but what do they know. (this is the 21st century baby) After hearing Joe smoke through cover versions of Rory Gallagher's "Cradle Rock", Clapton's "Steppin' Out"(where sorry Eric but you've been owned here, as the intensity of this blows away the original) segueing into Jeff Beck's "Rice Pudding", you'll soon agree this fully puts Bonamassa into the "guitar hero" category.

One of the things that sets him apart (besides talent) from the myriad of the SRV clones on the scene is his unabashed love for British heavy blues. Who else on the blues scene today is covering Free, Tull, and Rory Gallagher all in the same set? None that I can think of, and it's a refreshing relief from all the Albert and B.B. covers you usually hear on blues discs. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but they've been covered to death, and once again, this IS the 21st century.

Now lest you think this is purely a wank fest, there's alot more going for this than just hot guitar work. For instance Joe's strong vocals, which are some of the most powerful I've had the pleaure of hearing in the scene. Also, besides the great covers, which also include smoking versions of Free's "Walk In My Shadows", Tull's "A New Day Yesterday" and a soulful hard blues version of Warren Haynes' "If Heartaches Were Nickels", there's the fantastic original compositions, such as "Miss You Hate You", ( which by all rights should've been a hit when it was released, and is featured in a much harder edged version here) the terrific "Colour & Shape" and "Trouble Waiting"

Then there's the rest of the band. In bassist Eric Czar and drummer Kenny Kramme, Bonamassa has found perfect symmetry, and together they add up to an excellent rhythm section. For a power trio they create a sound bigger than most bands twice their size, yet within the format they're lethal, lean, streamlined, full of power and grace. Like the classic trios like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mountain and Cream, they play off each other, creating a sound that's more than the sum of its collective parts.Both Czar and Kramme are allowed solos which thankfully never become the slightest bit boring, showcasing each member's considerable talents tastefully.

As previously stated, this is almost the complete show filmed for posterity on the now out of print DVD, featuring the first 11 songs up until the encore, with Joe's covers of "Are You Experienced" (plus guitar solo) and Blind Faith's "Had To Cry Today" excised presumably to allow this to fit onto a single disc. I'd have gladly paid for a double disc to have all the songs, but considering all that is included, this simply is one of the hottest live blues albums you're ever likely to hear. If you've ever been in the least bit hesitant in picking up any of his previous releases, and have yet to experience the spectacle of Joe Bonamassa's spectacular fretwork, now's your chance to find out in all its glory. A truly magical night, which thankfully was preserved both on tape and video, this is one for the ages, and a performance that's sure to be talked about in years to come as one of the all time greats. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up now, you won't be disappointed. Turn it up LOUD, but don't be surprised if the paint starts peeling off your walls. If you're a fan of heavy blues rock this is essential listening. 5/5
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