Title - 'A New Day Now'
Artist - Joe Bonamassa
For those not in the know, twenty years ago, Joe Bonamassa took the music world by storm when he released his debut solo album A New Day Yesterday (which itself was titled after a Jethro Tull song written by Ian Anderson in 1969).
Though he’d already been on the scene for years as a child prodigy and even opened for B.B. King at the age of 12, the album launched a career that, two decades later, has seen Bonamassa rise to the top of his field - with most recently being named Guitar World’s #1 top blues guitarist in the world.
Today, the blues-rock titan announces a revamped version to be released on August 7th, 2020 via J&R Adventures, entitled A New Day Now, that has been completely re-sung by Bonamassa and remixed and remastered by long-time producer Kevin Shirley.
1. 'Cradle Rock'
2. 'Walk In My Shadow'
3. 'A New Day Yesterday'
4. 'I Know Where I Belong'
5. 'Miss You, Hate You'
6. 'Nuthin' I Wouldn't Do (For A Woman Like You)'
7. 'Colour And Shape'
8. 'Headaches To Heartbreaks'
9. 'Trouble Waiting'
10. 'If Heartaches Were Nickels'
11. 'Current Situation'
12. 'Don't Burn Down That Bridge'
13. 'Hey Mona' [Bonus Track]
14. 'I Want You' [Bonus Track]
15. 'Line Of Denial' [Bonus Track]
This quite magnificent album opens with the lead single, the soaring vocals of Rory Gallagher's 'Cradle Rock' (which also now comes complete with a new guitar outro), and backs that up seamlessly with the Free's 'Walk In My Shadow,' the quintessentially Jethro Tull's 'A New Day Yesterday,' the earnest blues rocker 'I Know Where I Belong,' and then the self-penned, low slung magnificence of 'Miss You, Hate You.'
Next up we get one of my own personal favorites off this still-brilliant album, a funky rendition of the Al Cooper song 'Nuthin' I Wouldn't Do (For A Woman Like You),' which is backed by another original composition, the mid-tempo, melodic rocker 'Colour And Shape,' the raw blues sound of 'Headaches To Heartbreaks,' and then both the one-two blues punch of the high tempo 'Trouble Waiting' and a stunningly deep, clawingly vocalized take of Warren Haynes' 'If Heartaches Were Nickels.'
The original album then rounds out with another Bonamassa original, 'Current Situation,' and then a searing version of Albert King’s 'Don't Burn Down That Bridge,' with the incredibly rare bonus tracks (all of which were recorded with Stevie Van Zandt producing) being the gently frenetic, early STP-esque 'Hey Mona,' the vibrant 'I Want You,' coming to a close on the drum-led beauty 'Line Of Denial.'
In truth, there are phrases that sound straight from Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. Indeed, not only can Bonamassa play in the same style as all of these distinctive guitar voices, he also has his own unique sound - which he uses to great effect.
Furthermore, his technical mastery really is something to behold at every given musical turn here. Simply magnificent.
In custom Bonamassa fashion, Joe has shared a personal message to fans, straight from his “Nerdville” home. “The reason we went back and remixed it, and re-sang it, and pulled from the original masters was because I never felt like I deserved a guy like Tom Dowd to produce my first album,” he confesses.
“I was an infant as far as being an artist. Tom saw a little pebble in a stream, that could travel down and eventually become this nugget of gold, if you want to call it that, and he had a vision for me that I didn’t see. I appreciate that and I wanted to pay tribute to him as a man who mentored me through that time. I hope you guys enjoy it.”
Official Purchase Link
Joe Bonamassa @ Facebook
Joe Bonamassa @ Twitter
Joe Bonamassa @ Instagram
Joe Bonamassa @ YouTube