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Following two albums of jazz and soul covers, guitarist Joe Bonamassa and singer Beth Hart took to the road in with a "Blues Rock Revue". Live In Amsterdam is a Live Album and Concert Film documenting a 2013 show at the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam. The majority of both albums are featured, along with Hart's "Baddest Blues".


Tracklist:

  1. "Amsterdam, Amsterdam!" - 1:46
  2. "Them There Eyes" - 3:00
  3. "Sinner's Prayer" - 4:22
  4. "Can't Let Go" - 5:12
  5. "For My Friends" - 4:34
  6. "Close To My Fire" - 5:30
  7. "Rhymes" - 5:06
  8. "Something's Got A Hold On Me" - 6:19
  9. "Your Heart Is As Black As Night" - 5:20
  10. "Chocolate Jesus" - 2:30
  11. "Baddest Blues" - 5:10
  12. "Someday After A While (You'll Be Sorry)" - 6:04
  13. "Well, Well" - 4:51
  14. "If I Tell You I Love You" - 3:51
  15. "See Saw" - 3:19
  16. "Strange Fruit" - 5:58
  17. "Miss Lady" - 7:19
  18. "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" - 7:54
  19. "Nutbush City Limits" - 3:50
  20. "I'd Rather Go Blind" - 10:02
  21. "Antwerp Jam" - 5:26
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Live In Amsterdam demonstrates the following tropes:

  • Album Intro Track: "Amsterdam, Amsterdam!"
  • Award-Bait Song: Hart and Bonamassa both play for high drama on several songs - two albums worth of (mostly) acknowledged soul classics probably means leaning that way anyway - but special attention goes to the ten-minute "I'd Rather Go Blind".
  • Blues Rock/Soul
  • Book-Ends: The opening "Amsterdam, Amsterdam!" and concluding "Antwerp Jam" are jam sessions on the same riff.
  • Cover Album: Aside from a short Album Intro Track and a jam session at the end, Hart's "Baddest Blues" is the only original in the set.
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: Bonamassa and the band open "Strange Fruit" with two minutes of a slightly creepy instrumental line before the vocals start up.
  • Epic Rocking: "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" (7:54) and "I'd Rather Go Blind" (10:02) are the late showstoppers.
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  • Face on the Cover: The duo is featured on the album cover, performing.
  • Genre Throwback: This is a sixties soul-rock revue in The New '10s, with most of the song selection reflecting that era. Bonamassa expressly refers to it as an attempt to capture "a bygone era of reaction and spontaneity"
  • Improv: Hart alternates between coming up with lyrics and Scatting during "Antwerp Jam".
  • Let's Duet: Noticably averted - though he has a great deal of experience singing, Bonamassa doesn't contribute any vocals here.
  • Live Album
  • Rearrange the Song: A natural consequence of playing a few vocal jazz numbers as rock songs. The two Melody Gardot songs are also slightly tweaked from the album here, played without a string section by necessity.
  • Something Blues: "Baddest Blues"

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