15 Songs, 1 Hour 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gary Clark Jr. is one of the most popular and most deserving bluesman working the genre in 2014. Often when somebody reaches Clark’s level of recognition, there’s a temptation to branch out into pop or rock, and Clark has indeed injected his playing with touches of hip-hop and soul, sparingly. But he largely sticks to the electric blues here on this expansive live album. Recorded during an 18-month tour in 2013 and 2014, Live deserves to be the crown jewel in the Texas guitar wizard’s catalog. The blues has always been a live music, meant to be heard in bars and clubs worldwide, with the players improvising on the basic framework until they find a way to somewhere new. The vintage soul groove of “Things Are Changin’” provides a change of pace after the intense blues workouts of Lowell Fulson’s “Three O’Clock Blues” and Robert Petway’s “Catfish Blues.” The medley of Albert Collins’ “If You Love Me Like You Say” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone from the Sun” provides 10 minutes of blazing inspiration, while Collins’ “If Trouble Was Money” is yet another highlight. 

Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gary Clark Jr. is one of the most popular and most deserving bluesman working the genre in 2014. Often when somebody reaches Clark’s level of recognition, there’s a temptation to branch out into pop or rock, and Clark has indeed injected his playing with touches of hip-hop and soul, sparingly. But he largely sticks to the electric blues here on this expansive live album. Recorded during an 18-month tour in 2013 and 2014, Live deserves to be the crown jewel in the Texas guitar wizard’s catalog. The blues has always been a live music, meant to be heard in bars and clubs worldwide, with the players improvising on the basic framework until they find a way to somewhere new. The vintage soul groove of “Things Are Changin’” provides a change of pace after the intense blues workouts of Lowell Fulson’s “Three O’Clock Blues” and Robert Petway’s “Catfish Blues.” The medley of Albert Collins’ “If You Love Me Like You Say” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone from the Sun” provides 10 minutes of blazing inspiration, while Collins’ “If Trouble Was Money” is yet another highlight. 

Mastered for iTunes
TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
213 Ratings

213 Ratings

Faunce13 ,

Young Gun

I saw GC JR. Live a couple of years ago and Instantly saw Clapton and SRVs succesor. Blak and Blu was very good but doesnt display the masterful talent that is meant to be seen and heard live!!

Over the Bar ,

Mixed Bag

I've been listening to GC jr for years now but I keep ending up a little disappointed with his releases. I started with the EP which was full of promise. My favorite is a Daytrotter session where it seems to be just him and the band in off the cuff casual session. He really shines like that. The iTunes mix is also good. Blak and Blu came with a lot of hype but it comes across as over produced and not really representative of the real GC Jr. So with all that in mind, I figured the live release would be the definitive take. It sounds so stadium to me with the vocals on the louder songs distorting. I like the blues standards the best but I tend not to like the longer jammed out stuff. I'm still searching for what I think this guy's huge potential is. I'm afraid I missed it - you probably need to see him in a small theater or club and hear the room. Given his popularity, that will be hard to pull off anymore. And maybe he needs to stop releasing Bright Lights over and over again. But I'm probably being harsh - it's all still really epic despite my comments.

Total Putz ,

Great Album

Great Album. Like listening to slow, jamming blues in a dive bar in Mississippi at 3 AM..

Hey ITunes, this is Alternative???!!! I swear, the ITunes staff wouldn't know Blues if it kicked them in the butt...

More By Gary Clark Jr.

You May Also Like