There is no doubt the The Bluesfest at The Albert Hall 2014 has spawned a range of top quality BBC recordings that allow fans of artists to hear them live in their own rooms. Having a live album is still no substitute for going out and seeing the artists you admire in a venue; this album once again shows what a superb blues guitar player Ben is and should raise his profile further.
Ben’s distinctive voice and approach to the lyrics make him stand out from the crowd when combined with his tasty lead breaks on guitar which fizz with rock tinged blues, this is not the ‘sitting on the front porch’ sort of blues. It is a British interpretation of electric blues that has been in the ascendency since the 1960’s. His version of Otis Redding’s Mr Pitiful and Freddie King’s Have You Ever Loved A Women are good illustrations where the silence of the audience is a testament to the quality of the guitar solo that holds your attentions as he sets his stall out with versions that have his own style embedded into the arrangements. Ben definitely adds layers of tones to every track with twirls of funk and soul as musical strands underlying the sound he produces. These tones are further embellished by the rhythm section, Craig Bacon on Drums and Matt Beable on bass they understand what is required on every track ensuring that the vocals and guitar have centre stage, confident in the knowledge without their bedrock of tone the sound would be hollow, so deftly demonstrated on It doesn’t Have To Be That Way.
The album has eight live tracks that span the years Ben has been touring Europe & U.K so gives a real flavour of the style and approach to the blues Ben will deliver to a live audience anywhere whether a gig or festival; though with a live set you hear more tracks so more of a delight. Plus a bonus of a studio track Starting All Over Again, with Wayne Proctor on drums & Bob Fridzema on keys, these two quality artists are normally associated with King King, and Steve Amadeo on bass leaving you spell-bound and wanting to hear more of Ben Poole and his band.
Ben Poole and his band are touring Europe and U.K. – TOUR DATES
Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT doodle paws out of TEN ….
2. Let’s Go Upstairs
3. Love Nobody No More
4. (I Know) I’m Losing You
5. Mr Pitiful
6. It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way
7. Leave It On
8. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
Bonus Studio Track
9. Starting All Over Again