|Joe Bonamassa Ranked|
The guitarist Sputnik has never heard of ranked...
This is one of the best blues albums of the last 20 years. Joe Bonamassa nailed home his talent with this album. It has everything from rock, slow blues, country and just out and out classic blues. This album is Joe at the very peak of his ability, and contains some of the most stunning solos I've ever heard.
Top track: No Love on the Street
A slight change in sound from Joe, but still bursting with quality. It has a slower feel to it and leans more towards rock. The use of more traditional american instruments also makes it stand out above Joe's other albums.
Top track: Quarryman's Lament
Parhaps Bonamassa's most famous album. Again he mixes the line between blues and rock with such songs as Dirt in my Pocket and One of These Days. This is Joe for the first time finding his 'own' sound in my opinion. The album does fade in the second half, perhaps due to the quality of the first few songs.
Top track: Sloe Gin
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Live From The Royal Albert Hall
This may be a live album, but it's just so damn good I had to add it.
Top Track: Just got Paid
You & Me
A solid album that has some of Joe's best 'shreading' so to speak. The solos on Bridge to Better Days and So Many Roads are some of the best Joe's ever done. But again like Sloe Gin, this album suffers ever so slightly from a weak second half.
Top Track: Asking Around for You
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Joe's collaboration with singer Beth Hart. This is more about Beth's stunning voice rather than Joe's guitar playing, which takes a back seat throughout most of the album. Still total quality.
Top Track: I'd Rather Go Blind
The Ballad of John Henry
Probably Joe's most rock n' roll album. This is regarded as one of his best, but I'm not a big fan of it. Most of the songs are solid, but rather repetitive. The introduction of classical strings on some songs is interesting though.
Top Track: Jockey Full of Bourbon
Joe's most famous album. And some may ask why it's not higher up the list. Again it is a solid album, but it does not 'feel' like a Bonamassa album. He is trying to hard too sound like his blues heroes in my opinion. As a stand alone album it is good, but compared to what Joe can do on a guitar I think it lacks something.
Top Track: Blues Deluxe
A New Day Yesterday
Good debut album. But much like Blues Delxue, it's sounds like an artist going through the motions of what a blues album should song like. Very little of Joe's true sound comes out on this album.
Top Track: If Heartaches Were Nickels
Driving Towards The Daylight
Joe's latest album is a disappointment. Only because it is the follow up album to the amazing Dust Bowl. It has great tracks, and the introduction of trumpets and other new sounds, yet he fails to build apon his previous album. This could have been better.
Top Track: New Coat of Paint
Had To Cry Today
Very smiliar to A New Day Yesterday. Solid blues album. Nothing more, nothing less.
Top Track: The River
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So, It's Like That
Joe's only bad album? Songs are too bland, and is far from blues. Not sure why he decided to take this direction, but thankfully managed to get back on track with his later albums.
Top Track: Pain and Sorrow