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BLOW BY BLOW

Jeff Beck

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.06 | 163 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars George Martin THE BEATLES famed producer adds some orchestral arrangements that he is famous for to this record as well as producing it. This record would peak at number 4 on the Billboard charts and would stay there for 25 weeks, becoming a platinum selling album for Mr.Beck. This album was a bit of a departure for Jeff, turning to a more Jazz / Fusion sound and dropping the Rockabilly and Blues sound he was previously known for. Although the song "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" does have some blues moments and is one of my favourites off this record.This song has a pastoral beginning with lazy guitar melodies. Some great solos later in the song.

The first song "You Know What I Mean" is another favourite of mine with some great guitar leads and a funky melody. "She's A Woman" is a Paul McCartney tune where Jeff makes his guitar almost talk, and then later he does make it talk ! Very intricate guitar melodies on this one. "Constipated Duck" reminds me of the "Superstitious" song by Stevie Wonder that Beck played on. Again, intricate and complex guitar by Beck.

"Air Blower" has some great drumming on it. This is an uptempo and catchy song. Nice keyboard melody as the song slows down. "Scatterbrain" is really jazzy, with guitar, drums and keys. "Thelonius" is a Stevie Wonder tune that is quite funky. "Freeway Jam" is another favourite of mine as the guitar is amazing. Some scorching solos on this one. "Diamond Dust" sounds different from the rest. Almost a spacey feel to it at times with violin and orchestration too. The keys are good and there some real jazzy moments in this one too.

If your into guitar music you need to hear this one ! Jeff has this unique way of creating different tones with his guitar. Excellent release !

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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