Official video for Black Coffee from the Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa album Black Coffee.
Traditionally, Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa present their own versions of classic recordings mainly from the 1960s and 1970s.
Their first album “Do not Explain” (2011) contained covers of among others Ray Charles, Tom Waits, Melody Gardot, Billy Holiday, Etta James and Aretha Franklin.
The album “Seesaw” (2013) brought interpretations of songs from the repertoire of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miles, Tina Turner, Slackwax, Melody Gardot and Nina Simone.
For “Black Coffee” their prepared own versions of recordings of Edgar Winter, Ray Charles, Etta James, Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee.
The title track “Black Coffee” is an interpretation of the classic song, from 1972, of Ike and Tina Turner.
Here are the songs list of the “Black Coffee” album:
- “Give It Everything You Got”
- “Damn Your Eyes”
- “Black Coffee”
- “Lullaby Of The Leaves”
- “Why Don’t You Do Right”
- “Sitting On Top Of The World”
- “Soul On Fire”
- “Baby I Love You” (bonus track).
How did the musical collaboration between Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa come about?
It was a few years ago in Amsterdam: the guitarist, fascinated by Beth’s performance, asked her husband, and also the manager, whether there was a chance to cooperate with Hart. Bonamassa wanted to jam a bit with the expressive singer and – in case of success – record the material. We know the rest of this story very well. Its subsequent chapters, albums “Don’t Explain” and “Seesaw” were appreciated by critics and fans, and the second one was also nominated for a Grammy.
Black Coffee comes from Ike and Tina Turner’s album – Feel Good from 1972, but the arrangement of the song is more reminiscent of a cover of this song performed by Humble Pie in 1973. The guitar parts here are almost identical to the Hart and Bonamassa versions. Regardless of these musical/historical references, however, it is simply thrilling, getting you on your feet better than the strongest coffee, a track that needed refreshing, and for this great job, Hart and Bonamassa deserve great praise.