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Bonamassa never does things by halves and this concert was no exception.

This release, which is also available on triple vinyl, double CD and Blu Ray, is Joe Bonamassa's tribute to three great Bluesmen – Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King. Recorded live at The Greek in LA in 2015 at the end of the Three Kings tour, Bonamassa takes a set-list full of Blues classics and adds his own style to these songs whilst remaining faithful to the original.

Kicking off in swinging style with a polished rendition of 'See See Baby', Bonamassa runs through Blues standards including 'Going Down', with a confident vocal and singing guitar driving proceedings along, as well as 'Born Under A Bad Sign' and 'Let The Good Times Roll'. Bonamassa is supported by an eleven-piece band, including three backing singers, giving this concert a full and classy sound with Reese Wynans tickling the ivories and Kirk Fletcher taking on some of the guitar solo duties.

One of the highlights was Bonamassa's cover of the Albert King masterpiece 'Oh Pretty Woman'. The virtuoso's fluid playing is without doubt some of the best in the business, something his late friend and mentor B.B. King would have been proud to have seen.

Bonamassa never does things by halves and this concert was no exception as not only did he keep to the original song arrangements but, thanks to a plethora of instruments to hand, he played guitars as used by the songs creators including a Gibson ES, Les Paul, Flying V and several different Fender Strats, lending even more credibility to the already great sound. Of course, quite apart from the Blues master's fret-board skills, he is also an excellent singer with a warm and soulful tone which comes across so well here, particularly when he pulls it all out of the bag for 'Angel Of Mercy'.

The tambourine tapping Gospel sound of 'Ole Time Religion' through to the smooth execution of 'Hummingbird' and the show finale 'Riding With The Kings' (what better way to end this evening?) all show what an amazing showman Bonamassa is. He has an ability to know just when to let a note ring out and let his guitar's bell-like tone sing without sounding too showy.

If you love traditional guitar Blues, then this release will please you. Going on the evidence presented here, perhaps Joe Bonamassa should be made an honouree King!

Paul Sabin

Watch Joe Bonamassa perform 'Let The Good Times Rol' from 'Live At The Greek Theatre':

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