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Don't Explain (2011)

Artist: Beth Hart
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Format: CD
Sku: 223722101
UPC: 804879313915
UPC 14: 00804879313915
Release Date: 9/27/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sinner's Prayer ~ Joe Bonamassa/Beth Hart
2. Chocolate Jesus ~ Joe Bonamassa/Beth Hart
3. Your Heart is As Black As Night ~ Joe Bonamassa/Beth Hart
4. For My Friends ~ Joe Bonamassa/Beth Hart
5. Don't Explain ~ Joe Bonamassa/Beth Hart
6. I'd Rather Go Blind ~ Joe Bonamassa/Beth Hart
7. Something's Got a Hold On Me ~ Joe Bonamassa/Beth Hart
8. I'll Take Care of You ~ Joe Bonamassa/Beth Hart
9. Well, Well ~ Joe Bonamassa/Beth Hart
10. Ain't No Way ~ Joe Bonamassa/Beth Hart

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Joe Bonamassa (vocals, guitar); Beth Hart (vocals, piano); Blondie Chaplin (guitar); Arlan Scheirbaum (keyboards); Carmine Rojas (bass guitar); Anton Fig (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Kevin Shirley.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Laura Grover; Beth Hart.
Muze PNote Recording information: Village Recorders, West L.A.
Muze PNote Photographer: Mike Prior.
Muze PNote Fans of guitar master Joe Bonamassa will be delighted that 2011 was such a prolific year in his career. First came the fine, rootsy Dust Bowl, then 2, the second chapter in his Black Country Communion project's catalog. Don't Explain, a collection of soul, blues, and jazz-oriented covers in collaboration with vocal firebrand Beth Hart marks his third entry this year. The ten-song set of blues and soul is a logical extension of her vocal contribution to "No Love on the Street" from Dust Bowl. Opening is a thoroughly raucous contemporary blues reading of Ray Charles' "Sinner's Prayer," followed by a quirky version of Tom Waits' "Chocolate Jesus," and an unusual cover of contemporary jazz-pop singer/songwriter Melody Gardot's "You Heart Is as Black as Night." On this cut, a string orchestra adds a touch of perversity; it offers the impression of a femme fatale singing a Brecht-Weill number in a smoky cabaret in front of a moody string orchestra, buoyed by a brooding electric blues quintet. "For My Friends," a Bill Withers' tune, is a big, nasty, jagged blues number that keeps the funky groove intact. The title track, a number closely associated with Billie Holiday, falls flat. Hart tries too hard to employ Holiday's phrasing, the string orchestrations are overblown, and Bonamassa's crew is too reverent. This formula also mars the remake of Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way" that closes the set. Far better are readings of Etta James' signatories "I'd Rather Go Blind," and "Something's Got a Hold on Me." Hart's emotive, throaty delivery is perfectly suited to both songs, and she resists trying to ape James' phrasing. Since they follow one another directly, the musical difference between them also showcase's Hart's diverse abilities. The former is a soul burner, the latter a gospel blues. Bonamassa and band accent her every phrase with requisite rowdiness, sting, and grit. The pair's only vocal collaboration is a burning read of Delaney & Bonnie's "Well, Well." With Anton Fig's breaks and rim shots underscoring Arlan Scheirbaum's electric piano fills, Bonamassa's burning leads, the chunky, rhythmic foundation from guitarist Blondie Chaplin, and Carmine Rojas' bassline, Hart and the lead guitarist trade whip-smart call and response vocals with enough raw country-soul to bring the song to a new audience. While not a perfect recording, Don't Explain is a good one, whose strengths are numerous enough to warrant a second go round. ~Thom Jurek

Producer: Kevin Shirley

Engineer: Vanessa Parr; Jared Kvitka; James McCullagh; Ghian Wright

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Associated Artists and Works

Live in Amsterdam ~ Hart, Beth

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/27/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : PRAR931391
Music Label Name Label : J&R Adventures
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00804879313915

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Hart,Beth
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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