The Jeff Beck Group (Remastered) Jeff Beck Group
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- 1Ice Cream Cakes05:38
- 2Glad All Over02:56
- 3Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You04:57
- 4Sugar Cane04:06
- 5I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You02:41
- 6Going Down06:49
- 7I Gotta Have a Song03:26
- 9Definitely Maybe05:01
Info for The Jeff Beck Group (Remastered)
'Beck's sense of dynamics, harmonics and innovative phrasing are astonishing.' Originally released in 1972, Jeff Beck Group was the fourth and final studio album for the legendary group. The band fully exploits the wildly unique instrumentation of Beck, a classical/jazz oriented pianist in Max Middleton, the soul/groove of Clive Chaman on bass, Cozy Powell's steady drumming and the expressive vocals of Bob Tench. This innovative music was way ahead of its time. The album features some of the most inspired lead playing of Beck's career.
Beck's guitar arrangements and performances are quite unlike anything from that era, a master pushing the creative envelope. His command of both right and left-hand techniques is truly awesome. The tracks feature multi-layered electric guitars, electric sitars, Beck's wah-wah touch, inspirational slide playing and two-hand tapping all beautifully performed and mixed. The tones he gets out of his guitar are unlike anything he had ever done.
The mid-tempo guitar driven blues of 'Ice Cream Cakes' is the perfect album opener. The irresistible groove of 'Goin' Down' has good slide and lead playing. 'Glad All Over' is one of his all time best songs with sharp leads and great piano lines. The funky and jazzy 'Sugar Cane' flat-out rocks, and 'Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You' is a soulful Bob Dylan cover. Another cover, Don Nix's classic 'Going Down' has nice vocals by Tench and Middleton's gospel-tinged intro is absolutely perfect. 'Highways' is a slow blues song driven by Beck's amazing use of power chords and strange and exotic leads. Two instrumentals are featured on Jeff Beck Group, the quite lovely Ashford and Simpson tune, 'I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You' and 'Definitely Maybe,' one of his Beck's known songs, features a beautiful slide guitar and an emotional melody line accompanied by gorgeous harmonies.
Jeff Beck Group is a Jeff Beck showcase and one of the finest pieces of blues/rock in the history of the genre. Jeff Beck's truly inspired and creative playing is extraordinarily fluid and plain genius in a class of the top echelon of guitarists.
„Should you ever find yourself in the mood to be bored comatose, simply hop on the next jet to Hollywood, where this writer will gladly spend an afternoon with you explaining why — on the basis of the soon-to-be-mentioned's irrepressible musical eccentricity, exquisite taste for the hilariously incongruous, and expertise at producing some of the lewdest noises ever enjoyed by teenage ears — he considers Jeff Beck a peerless rock and roll guitarist, as good in his own way as are Robin Trower and Ralph Oswald in their own ways.
The mystery (and tragedy) of the recent Beck is his election to showcase his brilliantly idiosyncratic instrumental style in the context of a band upon which he himself has imposed severe stylistic restrictions.
This album, and the group in general, is usually terrific when Beck's guitar-playing is in the spotlight. When either Bob Tench's vocals or Max Middleton's usually pleasant but seldom arresting and never-smoothly-integrated jazz piano are basking therein, Jeff Beck Group's music is mostly just dull — commonplace and predictable.
Despite his mastery of a particular vibrato-laden style of R & B vocalizing, Tench never comes across as more than competent — and uninteresting. Employing the identical intonation on everything that's placed in front of him — be it Dylan's 'Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You' or the venerable 'Goin' Down' (here curiously credited to Don Nix) — he wears quite poorly. I, for one, would almost prefer to hear Beck himself doing the singing in his charmingly wobbly and adolescent yelp (previously displayed to best advantage on the irresistibly horrific 'Hi Ho Silver Lining').
One might reasonably have expected Steve Cropper, as producer, to have nudged the Group into a mellifluous Stax groove — whence Beck's sudden flights to the outskirts of outrage might have been Nirvana itself — but no such good fortune. Truth be told, the record doesn't even sound — in the basic sense — appreciably better than Rough And Ready. Thus, another zero for Cropper as a producer of white Epic heavy/hard-and country-rockers.
To venture an opinion whose unpopularity may well exceed that of any other in the history of rock criticism, Beck may well have been best off in the hands of the dreaded Mickie Most. Which is not to imply that shameful ignominies like 'Love Is Blue' should be Beck's lot, but rather that Most's self-proclaimed genius for detecting hit material almost invariably resulted in embarrassing musical situations from which Beck extricated himself with usually quite stunning and cogent guitar work. Better that Beck should be slicing up someone's silly idea of hit single material than struggling to redeem the out-dated ploddings of his own crew of yes-men.
Best yet, of course, that he should hook up with a personage or personages whose talents of conception and composition correspond with his own genius as a guitarist.“ (John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone)
Jeff Beck, guitar
Bobby Tench, vocals
Clive Chaman, bass
Max Middleton, keyboards
Cozy Powell, drums
Recorded January 1972 at TMI Studios Memphis, Tennessee
Produced by Steve Cropper
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Beck grew up in Wallington, England. His mother’s piano playing and the family’s radio tuned to everything from dance to classical made sure Beck was surrounded by music from a young age. Today he is recognized as a groundbreaking artist who’s inimitable combination of primal shredding and cool perfectionism has left and indelible mark on everything from hard rock and jazz fusion to rockabilly and techno during the past 40-plus years.
After famously replacing Eric Clapton as the Yardbirds’ lead guitarist in 1965, Beck went on to form The Jeff Beck Group, which featured Rod Stewart on vocals and Ron Wood on bass. Their two albums - “Truth” (1968) and “Beck-Ola” (1969) – would become musical touchstones for hard rockers in the years to come.
Constantly evolving Beck’s next move would be to form a power trio with bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, which released “Beck, Bogert and Appice” (1973), once again shattering people’s preconceptions of what a rock guitarist was supposed to sound like.
Music has always shared space with Jeff’s love of hot rods. After the success “Blow By Blow” and “Wired,” Beck began devoting more time to his fleet of cars, but 1985’s “Flash” kept him in the spotlight as he earned the Best Rock Instrumental Grammy - for the song “Escape.” A second Grammy came with “Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop with Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas”, and a third for “Dirty Mind” from the “You Had It Coming” album in 2001.
Touring has always been a big part of Jeff’s career, his live shows and virtuoso solos becoming something of legend. His playing style continues to break new ground and reflect the eclectic musical mix that is his trademark. The list of people that he plays with similarly reflects his commitment to the best of the best, and his week's residency at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club saw Jeff joined by the likes of Joss Stone, Imogen Heap, old mates The Big Town Playboys and another long time pal, Eric Clapton. The phenomenal performances were recorded in high definition for DVD and Blu-Ray entitled ‘Jeff Beck: Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s’, and has now gone Platinum.
In April 2009 Jeff was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in his own right, and from thereon the year was non-stop for Jeff. Guesting with Stevie Wonder at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts at Madison Square Gardens, another world tour, picking up a nomination for a 5th Grammy for the track ‘A Day In The Life’, and entering the studio with producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn to work on his first studio album in nearly seven years.
2010 is set to be another huge year for Jeff, and one which introduces his new band. Jason Rebello remains on keyboards, but on bass Jeff brings Rhonda Smith to the stage. Rhonda was the legendary Prince’s bassist of choice for ten years before joining Jeff. On drums the famed musician and Grammy Award winning Producer Narada Michael Walden steps in to the fold. After performing at the Grammy Awards ceremony on January 31st, the band’s concert debut is in February when Jeff plays a series of exclusive shows with Eric Clapton in London, New York, Toronto and Montreal. After the shows with Clapton, Jeff embarks on a major world tour to support his new studio album ‘Emotion & Commotion’.
2010 is set to be another huge year for Jeff, and one which introduces his new band. Jason Rebello remains on keyboards, but on bass Jeff brings Rhonda Smith to the stage. Rhonda was the legendary Prince’s bassist of choice for ten years before joining Jeff. On drums the famed musician and Grammy Award winning Producer Narada Michael Walden steps in to the fold.
Jeff won his 5th Grammy and performed a tribute to the late Les Paul at Grammy Awards ceremony on January 31st. The band’s concert debut was in February when Jeff played a series of exclusive shows with Eric Clapton in London, New York, Toronto and Montreal. In March , Jeff embarked on a major world tour to support his new studio album ‘Emotion & Commotion’.
In June, Jeff played 2 dates at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York, with The Imelda May Band and some special guests in Tribute to the late Les Paul. The shows were a huge success with some of the world’s greatest guitarists in attendance watching the astonishing talent of Jeff Beck.
After a busy year of touring the world promoting his album Emotion & Commotion, Jeff has been nominated for 5 categories at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
At the February 2011 Grammy Awards, Jeff won Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Hammerhead” and Best Pop Instrumental performance for “Nessun Dorma”, both from Emotion & Commotion. This marks only the second time an artist has won Grammys in both of these categories in the same year. The first time was in 2006 by guitar legend and Beck mentor Les Paul. Beck also won for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Imagine,” his collaboration with Herbie Hancock.
Jeff toured his Rock ‘n’ Roll Party in the US for 10 dates 2011 with The Imelda May Band, before joining Jason Rebello, Rhonda Smith and Narada Michael Walden to tour several dates in the US before they came to Europe for the month of June.
In July 2011 Jeff received an Honorary Fellow from the University of the Arts of London in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Music.
The University of Sussex honored Jeff with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music in July 2011.
Jeff featured on the track 'Do To Me', for Trombone Shorty’s new album release ‘For True’ that was released in September 2011.
Jeff joined Steven Tyler on stage when he opened the show for the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September 2011.
After finishing his Emotion and Commotion Tour in Canada and North America in October 2011, Jeff received the Living Legend Award from Classic Rock Magazine.
Jeff’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul Album has been nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.
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