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Born June 24, 1944 in Wallington, Greater London, England Jeff Beck is one of the "Big Three" guitar gods who came from the mid 60's band The Yardbirds (Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page being the other two) Although never quite becoming as popular as his contemporaries, Jeff has maintained considerable respect among guitarists worldwide by diversifying into many different genres. He has experimented with blues rock, heavy metal, and jazz fusion and more recently, dabbled with techno, creating a blend of heavy guitar rock and electronica. He has also been at the forefront of use of guitar effects (as a short series on BBC World Service Radio in 1980, illustrated), and one suggestion that Truth album was the first to feature the Wah Wah (Cry-Baby) pedal extensively.

Starting as a session guitarist in the early 60's, Beck was in a group called The Tridents, before being asked to join the Yardbirds in 1965. Although only recording one album with them it was during his tenure with the Yardbirds that they recorded most of their hits. Beck left the Yardbirds partly for health reasons and partly for his on going problem of not getting along with people in general after 18 months.

In 1967 Beck formed a new band, the Jeff Beck Group, which featured him on lead guitar, Rod Stewart on vocals, Ron Wood on bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano, and Micky Waller on drums. This group produced two albums, Truth in 1968 and Beck-Ola the following year, and are considered the two most influential blues/rock albums. Ths group started the blues/rock format that Led Zeppelin would perfect within a few years - indeed a couple of the members of the future Led Zeppelin were present for the Truth recordings. After Stewart and Wood left the band to join Faces (then The Small Faces), Beck went on to form a second incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group featuring Clive Chapman (bass), Max Middleton (keyboards), Cozy Powell (drums) and Bob Tench (vocals). With this group Beck used the blues as a basis but piled on heavy amounts of R'n'R and R'n'B to the music. They released two albums: Rough and Ready (1971, produced by Jeff Beck) and The Jeff Beck Group (1972, sometimes called the "Orange" album and produced by Steve Cropper). Going Down is perhaps the best remembered song from this era. This was the period when Jeff Beck gained the nickname "The Loner", in particular because of the making and sudden breaking of bands, seemingly when these were just about to break the big time. A major...
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3.31 | 75 ratings
Truth
1968
3.32 | 65 ratings
Beck-Ola
1969
3.29 | 36 ratings
Rough And Ready
1971
3.08 | 43 ratings
Jeff Beck Group
1972
2.63 | 48 ratings
Beck, Bogert, Appice
1973
4.07 | 198 ratings
Blow By Blow
1975
3.85 | 130 ratings
Wired
1976
3.35 | 68 ratings
There And Back
1980
1.83 | 34 ratings
Flash
1985
3.46 | 69 ratings
Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop withTerry Bozzio and Tony Hymas
1989
2.14 | 10 ratings
Frankie's House - Original Soundtrack
1992
2.29 | 7 ratings
Crazy Legs ( with The Big Town Playboys)
1993
3.37 | 53 ratings
Who Else!
1999
3.66 | 42 ratings
You Had It Coming
2001
3.30 | 40 ratings
Jeff
2003
3.09 | 60 ratings
Emotion & Commotion
2010

JEFF BECK Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.97 | 12 ratings
Beck, Bogert and Appice: Live in Japan
1974
3.33 | 41 ratings
Jeff Beck With The Jan Hammer Group: Live
1977
3.78 | 9 ratings
Live At BB King Blues Club
2003
4.34 | 30 ratings
Performing this week....Live at Ronnie Scott's
2008
3.13 | 5 ratings
Live And Exclusive From The Grammy Museum
2010
4.00 | 4 ratings
Rock'n'Roll Party. Honoring Les Paul
2011

JEFF BECK Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.62 | 59 ratings
performing this week...live at Ronnie Scott's
2008
3.67 | 3 ratings
Rock'n'Roll Party. Honoring Les Paul
2011

JEFF BECK Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.05 | 2 ratings
The Best of Beckology
1992
3.52 | 4 ratings
Best of Beck
1995
2.51 | 3 ratings
The Best Of Jeff Beck - Featuring Rod Stewart
1995

JEFF BECK Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 2 ratings
Beckology: The Sampler
1991

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 Who Else! by BECK, JEFF album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.37 | 53 ratings

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Who Else!
Jeff Beck Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars Released in 1999, "Who Else!" was Jeff Beck's first major release in 10 years and you can really tell that a lot had changed! Gone are the jazz fusion blows of yore and the synth big band sound of "Guitar Shop", here is Jeff Beck ready for a new century.

The album introduces a completely new style for Beck, a fusion of rock instrumentation and technique with the structure, style and production of techno and electronica music. As a result of the drastic stylistic differences, the album sounds quite fresh but unfortunately it play out quite as well as his 70's and 80's output. The album's first 4 songs are very strong, with styles ranging from electronica rock to blues to Eastern world fusion but the second half of the album slows down to longer, slower trance-style pieces like "Space For The Papa" and "Hip-Notica". Of these trance instrumentals, "Angel (Footsteps)" is probably the most interesting but really they're all a little insipid. The album rounds itself out with two more ballad-like pieces, the oriental "Declan" and the spacey "Another Place".

"Who Else!" was a very experimental album for Jeff Beck and, while having its good moments, is one that would be refined a little more with his next release, "You Had It Coming"; good but non-essential.

 You Had It Coming by BECK, JEFF album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.66 | 42 ratings

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You Had It Coming
Jeff Beck Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars In a similar vein as his previous release "Who Else", Jeff Beck once again strays from his jazz fusion roots to deliver an eclectic hard rock/pseudo-techno setlist.

Jeff Beck is one of the great creative minds of our time and it certainly shows on this record. The album's ten tracks draw from various different musical styles, from blues to electronica to metal, but are all united by a common electronic production and use of techno song structure and effects. The album is completely instrumental save for the 12-bar number "Rollin' And Tumblin'", which features vocals from Imogen Heap. The end result isn't especially progressive but it's definitely worth a listen. "You Had It Coming" will appeal mostly to fans of guitar wizards like Satriani, Vai, Johnson, etc, who will love its good use of instrumental effects and strong soloing. My only qualm with the album is that, while it's satisfying while you listen to it, doesn't really stick with you afterwards, with the exception of the exceptional uptempo ballad "Nadia", one of Beck's most touching guitar performances. A solid but non-essential release.

 Wired by BECK, JEFF album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.85 | 130 ratings

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Wired
Jeff Beck Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

4 stars The second of Jeff Beck's solo fusion albums, "Wired" makes a great follow-up to his stellar debut. There are definitely same changes this time around, though. The album's structure is tighter, with less of the free-flowing segues on "Blow By Blow" and, as the name suggests, delivers a more rock-inspired, electrical performance. The line-up on this album is entirely different, with only Beck remaining. Jan Hammer takes on Max Middleton's spot on the keys, Narada Michael-Walden takes to the drummer's stool and Wilbur Bascomb plays the bottom end. Though a very different line-up, the chemistry between the four is obvious and the finished product, while not quite as wonderful as "Blow By Blow", is a solid jazz rock album.

Side one delivers a killer set; "Led Boots" kicks it off with its raucous funky drum beat and heavy, fuzzy keyboards and guitar quickly set the album's tone as a heavier, more hard-hitting Jeff Beck album. "Come Dancing" continues the funk and "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" show off Jeff's fretboard wizardry in a slow blues standard setting. "Head For Backstage Pass" ends side one energetically, with a grooving bass solo and fun interplay between the four.

Side two opens with the uptempo rock song "Blue Wind", which is a vehicle for extended guitar and synth soloing and features tight drum performances by Jan Hammer. "Sophie" and "Play With Me" are weaker tracks but still good fusion fare and "Love Is Green" ends the album with an acoustic guitar and piano duet.

"Wired" would go on to set the structure for Jeff Beck's next album, "There And Back" and is certainly the stronger of the two. It's no "Blow By Blow", but it still offers great listening for guitar and fusion lovers.

 Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop withTerry Bozzio and Tony Hymas by BECK, JEFF album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.46 | 69 ratings

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Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop withTerry Bozzio and Tony Hymas
Jeff Beck Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars 3.5 stars really

After "Flash", "Guitar Shop" definitely shows Jeff Beck back in his element and shows a drastic increase in musical quality. The album isn't a return to his jazz fusion heyday, however; it instead shows a movement towards more straightforward rock sounds.

Musically, much of the album combines funk, big band and hard rock sounds with flashy 80's-sounding keyboards and heavy drumming and Jeff Beck's six string musings sprinkled on top. These songs are somewhat reminiscent of Steve Vai or Joe Satriani's 80's and early 90's rock work, though with a much heavier focus on keyboards. "Sling Shot", for example, wouldn't sound too out of place on "Alien Love Secrets". My favourite of the rock tracks is "Savoy", a funkier song that reminds me mildly of the theme song from Home Improvement (Huu-eeh?)

However, there are three tracks that take on a much different vibe and will appeal a lot more to prog and jazz fusion fans. The first is "Behind The Veil", a softer, reggae groove with atmospheric guitars similar to "The Pump" off of "There And Back". The other two are even more spacey and light in true Beck fashion. "Two Rivers" is a soft, slow-moving ballad and "Where Were You", my favourite track from "Guitar Shop", is a chilling, percussion-less guitar solo piece with light keyboard accompaniment.

Altogether, "Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop" is very good but non-essential listening for prog fans, though fans of Jeff Beck and other solo guitarists will definitely want to pick this one up. I give it 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 due to the limited prog-like content.

 There And Back by BECK, JEFF album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.35 | 68 ratings

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There And Back
Jeff Beck Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars The third and final of Jeff Beck's solo fusion albums, "There And Back" is probably the bronze winner of the three. After "Wired", the material on this album seems a little formulaic. It opens with "Star Cycle", a funky, Jan Hammer- led fusion song (think "Led Boots") which is not bad in itself - it's quite good, actually - it's just not new enough to be stellar. The next two songs follow in the same footsteps, mellower fusion tracks with simple melodies that are good vehicles for jamming. Good, and especially the guitars - Beck is in fine form through the whole album - but not masterpieces. Side one ends with one of my favourites from the album, "The Pump". A slower, more ballad-like song that focuses more on the guitar is an excellent platform for Beck to deliver an emotional fastball; his playing is very atmospheric and quite beautiful. Definitely a top-notch accessible fusion number.

As with "Wired", side two opens with an uptempo rock-oriented track. "El Becko" is more cut-and-dry rock and roll than "Blue Wind" was on the last album but it's still a strong track with plenty of interplay between guitar and piano. "The Golden Road" drags along at a near-comatose pace before the next spectacular track picks up the pace again. "Space Boogie" is a marvelous virtuoso performance especially in the rhythm section. Written in 7/8 at breakneck speeds, it's mildly reminiscent of "Scatterbrain" from "Blow By Blow" but it's still fresh and original and makes for one great song before the album draws to a close in "Wired" fashion with the sparse, spacey "The Final Peace".

A three star rating is fair for this album; Jeff Beck fans will likely gain a lot more from it but that should be expected. For anyone who isn't a devout follower they'll hear some pleasant jazz fusion and a couple of high quality but not necessarily memorable moments.

 Flash by BECK, JEFF album cover Studio Album, 1985
1.83 | 34 ratings

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Flash
Jeff Beck Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

1 stars This is a rather disappointing album from the Jeff Beck I've grown to know and love. It is absolutely nothing like his instrumental fusion albums of the 70's and is quite a lackluster accumulation of talent given that it features such stars as Rod Stewart, Jan Hammer, Jimmy Hall and Carmen Appice. Aside from two or three tracks, it is little more than 80's pop rock with Jeff Beck playing on it. I've come to terms with one of the pop tracks, "Gets Us All In The End", which is a comically typical 80's power ballad that can be fun to sing along to. There is only one song that I'd consider strong, which is the first instrumental, "Escape". If you don't have any qualms with 80's-sounding production and drum machines, then it comes across as a very atmospheric guitar-driven piece that wouldn't sound out of place on "There And Back" or "Guitar Shop". To reiterate, if you're a fan of the progressive rock and jazz fusion, this album would not be for you. If you're a fan of Jeff Beck, this album would not be for you. If you fit into either of those two categories, however, give "Escape" a listen and consider downloading the individual song on iTunes; the whole album just isn't worth an investment from anyone.
 Blow By Blow by BECK, JEFF album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.07 | 198 ratings

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Blow By Blow
Jeff Beck Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

5 stars This album was my introduction into the world of jazz fusion and what a way to unravel a genre! "Blow By Blow" is the first solo effort by Jeff Beck and quite possibly his finest work. Together with a superstar team of talented musicians and production and arrangement talent by GEORGE MARTIN, "Blow By Blow" is 45 minutes of virtuosic jazz fusion bliss. The album's mood fluctuates over the course of listening, with funk and blues rockers like "You Know What I Mean" and "Freeway Jam" counteracting soulful and mystical ballads like "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" and "Diamond Dust". However, Beck and the crew are always sure to expand both intelligently and sensitively on musical ideas, blending and balancing technical marvel and emotion into a seamless musical experience, letting the varied styles of the album work to complement each other.

As far as a "track-by-track", there isn't a single track on the album that I'd consider weak, only "well-done" as opposed to "masterfully executed". "She's A Woman", a Lennon-McCartney co-pen, is one of the most inventive Beatles covers I've ever heard and Stevie Wonder's collaborations to the album are great showcases of the songwriting and playing talents of all those involved. The true masterpiece of the album (after great difficulty making the decision) in my opinion would go to the side 1 closer, "Scatterbrain". After a segue from "Air Blower", this track doesn't hesitate to get going right out of the gate and doesn't back down until the side ends. Richard Bailey's drum work is top-notch, the breakneck 9/8 performance is tight from the entire group and George Martin's arrangements do the song great justice. Don't be alarmed, however; the song isn't just a muddled sea of overblown virtuosity, it contains many great musical moments and is a fascinating, profound listen while not a challenging, inaccessible one.

"Blow By Blow" is a special delight for all of those who love jazz fusion, virtuoso guitar performances in general or just anyone looking for a soothing yet interesting album to listen to. A must-have!

 You Had It Coming by BECK, JEFF album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.66 | 42 ratings

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You Had It Coming
Jeff Beck Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars That explains the crowd!

I suppose Jeff Beck was inducted into PA"s files, in his "Blow by Blow" jazzy/funky/fusion?, era, and yes maybe Rock. I couldn't think of a less Jazz/Fusion Jeff Beck record, after the Jazz period, than this one, my favorite Jeff Beck record by the way.

"You Had It Coming" 2001, is touched by those kind of muses that turn every single note into something magnificent. Each song holds its own personality, but it is also perfectly "understood" as a whole concept.

Instead of going on a song by song description, which somehow is always futile, I'll try to explain what goes on in this beauty.

For starters, as mentioned it is flawless, if by that we understand, no mili-second is wasted. Jeff Beck since his Yardbrds' years, always stood apart when it comes to guitar "sound effects' that could enhance his aspirations as a composer or as an extraordinary performer. (I myself, admire Jeff Beck the guitar player, not necessarily Jeff Beck the composer, to set things into perspective), therefore another major attribute this project holds is the most refined and trend-setting guitar effects you can imagine, in the hands of a virtuoso of course. Next we have the primary part, of any album, that I will recommend as "masterwork" , I have listened to this album since it was released, at least 50 times, and it still holds my enthusiasm, as the same day a friend presented it to me. It has not aged, opposite to that it gets better and still trend-setting!!

Here we go! From Electronica Hard Metal Rock, to high strung Rockabilly, to his guitar experiments and explorations (explotations) filled with sexual nitty gritty inuendos, to his famous "space-boogies", to his dexterity with the acoustic sister, to extremely touching electric guitar symphonic pieces (to call them somehow). Whew!! (the whole album lasts less than 40 minutes, which also explains why there is no place for fillers or gaps.)

So we get the best of Jeff Beck, as performer but also Jeff Beck's best, songwriting wise. And of course with its usual extreme dossages of highlights of peak beauty to down to the bottom pits emotions. With the "greasy, rebelious, misfit" attitude this fellow is well known for.

*****5 PA stars, in accordance that more than prog or jazz or rock, this is simply a Jeff Beck's masterpiece!

 Flash by BECK, JEFF album cover Studio Album, 1985
1.83 | 34 ratings

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Flash
Jeff Beck Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

1 stars Another album which suffers a lot from the eighties typical production, a production style which was very characteristic of a lot of albums produced during that decade, a decade of "artificial sounds", drum machines, excess in the use of synthesised sounds, reverb, and a "plastic sound", if a thing like that could be defined in some way. A lot of albums from that decade sound like very "sophisticated" things, with more emphasis in how the musicians looked at that time using the fads in their clothes and hairdos more than in the music authenticity. Look, posing and image above musical quality.

Well. This album unfortunately is another typical "product" of that decade. Jeff Beck obviously dislikes this album, and I can understand why. He said that this album was more a record company product and that the time of the recording of this album was a very unhappy time for him. Apart from his very good guitar playing, which is very much recognizable from him, this album does not sound as a Jeff Beck album. The only song which deserves a good commentary is "People Get Ready", a song from 1965 composed by Curtis Mayfield and originally recorded by him with the band "The Impressions". A song Beck recorded for this album with Rod Stewart on lead vocals, which, despite the very eighties drums sound, still shines by far as the best track on this album. The rest of the songs, most of them composed and produced by Nile Rodgers (at that time one of the most sought after record producers, and one of the founders of the Disco band "Chic" in the seventies, one of the few Disco bands which I like from that musical era) really sound more suitable for "Chic" than for Beck. Other tracks sound like recorded by some Arena Rock bands with a lead singer which sounds a lot like GTR`s Max Bacon or the lead singer from the band "Europe" (whose name I don`t remember now).

Another very good musician from the sixties and seventies who unfortunately had to listen to the "fad whims" of some of the record company executives of the eighties, and found his work marred by them.

 Blow By Blow by BECK, JEFF album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.07 | 198 ratings

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Blow By Blow
Jeff Beck Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Argonaught

5 stars It's interesting how those things work: I have known (and had) the Blow By Blow record for a long time, and I always liked it, but haven't listened to it in a while. And now I understand why: there is a huge scratch on Side B, which prevented me from playing it, so it has been a kind of "half-album" for me .. until now.

I bought the Blow By Blow for $0.50 at the flea market, because the cover was in remarkably good shape for a 40 year old paper item. Brought it home, cleaned it up, and played - probably, for the first time in X years - both sides. I and I saw that it was good :) .. very good indeed.

The side A has some of the best fusion material there was in the 1970s - joyful, energetic, well-played and well-timed. All the right attributes.

Now, the newly (re-)diiscovered Side B, apart from from syrupy B1, turned out to be the same great quality fusion and SIde A, QED.

I guess this is more one of those stories about the musical serendipities that all of us are fortunate enough to discover, as long as we keep our minds open, and remember to visit flea markets once in a while.

*5 stars confirmed*

Thanks to Garion81 for the artist addition. and to Dick Heath for the last updates

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