Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Don't Explain

180 Gram Vinyl LP Record

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Don’t Explain is the first studio album by American Blues musicians Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, released in September 2011 via J&R Adventures / Provogue Records.

Beth Hart’s studio albums have rarely given the singer a backing band that’s capable of matching her ferocious, uninhibited performances, but Don’t Explain, a collaboration with acclaimed guitarist Joe Bonamassa and his touring band, attempts to rectify that problem. The classic soul sides that Hart and Bonamassa have chosen to cover give the album a ragged, rough-edged vibe, and most of the songs are strong enough to stand up to Bonamassa’s hard-rock reinterpretations and Hart’s live-wire vocal turns.

Hart’s album-opening rendition of Ray Charles’s “Sinner’s Prayer” is a full-on bloodletting, as Hart begs desperately for forgiveness. She’s no less evocative on a blistering take on Bill Withers’s “For My Friend”, and Bonamassa’s aggressive, jagged guitar riffs match Hart’s power at every turn.

On the album’s centerpiece, an eight-minute version of Etta James’s “I’d Rather Go Blind”, producer Kevin Shirley wisely downplays Hart and Bonamassa’s go-for-broke performances, obscuring both the vocal and lead guitar tracks behind some lush Stax-style string arrangements for the first few moments of the song. When Hart’s gut-wrenching delivery and Bonamassa’s slow-handed guitar work finally burst through in the mix, the track transforms from a smoldering slow-burn into a jaw-dropping emotional release.

Not all of the tracks are quite so heavy or, as on the Billie Holiday title, effective. Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way”, makes for the album’s most conventional and safest choice; set against the surprising but perfectly on-point inclusion of Tom Waits’s “Chocolate Jesus”, which finds Hart at her most blatantly ribald.

Don’t Explain proves that Hart makes for a simply peerless frontwoman. Not all of the songs on the album match the visceral impact of her own brutally honest material, but that’s perhaps a matter of setting unfair standards. It’s Hart’s interpretive skill and her choice of a first-rate collaborator in Bonamassa that make Don’t Explain a worthwhile project that finally allows Hart to front a band worthy of her phenomenal voice.

 Check out the tracks: “Chocolate Jesus”; “For My Friends” and “I’d Rather Go Blind”.

This LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with a printed inner sleeve, is pressed in Europe.







Original Artist



Sinner’s Prayer

Ray Charles



Chocolate Jesus

Tom Waits



Your Heart Is As Black As Night

Melody Gardot



For My Friend

Bill Withers



Don’t Explain

Billie Holiday



I’d Rather Go Blind

Etta James



Something’s Got A Hold On Me

Etta James



I’ll Take Care Of You

Bobby Bland



Well, Well

Delaney Bramblett & Bonnie Bramblett



Ain’t No Way

Aretha Franklin


SKU 8712725735014
Record Label Provogue Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number PRD 7350 1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 27 September 2011
Original Release Date (Year) 27 September 2011
Barcode # 8712725735014
Shipping Weight 0.2950kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Inner Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Blues
Genre Blues Rock

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