Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group - 2018
Recorded on May 4th, 2018, Beth Hart's 23 song show-stopping performance at London's Royal Albert Hall is chronicled in this DVD release.
Ranging from quiet jazz inflected to ballsy full throated rock and roll vocals, Hart and her outstanding band (guitarist Jon Nichols, drummer Bill Ransom and bassist Bob Marinelli) are an incredible foursome to watch.
The show starts out with Hart wandering the aisles of the venue singing "As Long As I Have A Song" before hitting the stage in full to run through a wide ranging cross section of her catalog of songs. From the blues of "Baddest Blues" to the almost gospel/rock and roll of "Spirit of God" to the downright rocking out on "Waterfalls", Hart holds the audience spellbound throughout the concert.
Having seen her on tour for the first time in 2017 and being blown away by how emotionally powerful her performance was, I can really appreciate what the British audience had to be feeling.
There was a dash of humor with "The Ugliest House on The Block" and the confessional of "Spiders In My Bed". In fact, when Hart is indulging in the more confessional side of her songwriting, that is when some of her most powerful music is on display. Songs like "Take It Easy On Me", "Mama This One's For You", "My California" and the beautifully alluring "Leave The Light On" grab you and tend to fill you with emotions even though the stories behind those songs aren't your own.
The DVD comes with a behind the scenes video as well as an interview with Beth Hart. There is also a 2 disc CD release out of the performance as well. That is the exact same track listing as the DVD for those that wonder if the songs are the same.
Much like her Live At Paradiso concert film release, Live At Royal Albert Hall captures Beth Hart at a particular place and time in her career. It's the peak of where she finds herself as an artist and performer at that time and much like that previous live release, this DVD is a shining, sparkling encapsulation of an artist in full bloom!
Rating: 5 Stars!