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Jeff Beck in Cologne

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Jeff Beck Group E-Werk Cologne, Germany May 29, 2014 Sometimes a man's reputation proceeds him. Such was the case tonight, where an overflow crowd of 2,000 fans arrived early, and crammed into a steamy bunker of bricks to hear Jeff Beck's wonderous wails to the electric wind. With general admission ticket prices around an 80 buck exchange rate, it was good indication of respect. The price of admission proved to be merited, about twenty licks in. Luckily for hundreds of fans, sensational sounds were the primary pleasure, ...

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Jeff Beck: Denver, April 15, 2011

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Jeff BeckParamount TheatreDenver, ColoradoApril 15, 2011 Jazz-rock fusion originally came from the jazz side,Miles Davis and his sidemen-turned-leaders--Weather Report, Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra--but a few practitioners came at it from the rock side, emphasizing the rock angle a little more than the jazz guys. Jeff Beck is one of those. Maybe “rock-jazz" is a good name. Getting his start in the 1960s blues-rock scene with the Yardbirds, he went on to form the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart on vocals and later Bob Tench as the lead singer. Even in those days ...

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Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

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Jeff Beck's Emotion & Commotion is designed to nurture the guitarist's growing visibility of the last ten years, and may well serve that purpose, even if it only scratches the surface of his genius.

The presence of orchestration on many of these tracks is admirable for its ambition, but is not a novel concept within Beck's discography. The Beatles' producer George Martin, who worked with this idiosyncratic musician for three albums, forged some judicious arrangements on Blow by Blow (Epic, 1975), but those sparse tracks are a far cry from the grandeur of “Nessun Dorma" here. A gorgeous opening, “Corpus ...

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Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

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Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion Atco Records 2010

Of the three artists who emerged as “guitar gods" on the British rock scene of the 1960s--all three coming up through the same group, The Yardbirds--Jeff Beck is, more than perennial favorites Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, the one who has taken the most risks throughout his career. They don't always work, either; on the other hand, his performance at the Ronnie Lane ARMS concert in 1983 may have been less than a resounding success, but the guitarist deserved major props for going out ...

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Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck at Madison Square Garden

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Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck Madison Square Garden New York, New York February 19th, 2010

Eric Clapton was the perfect host during his appearance with Jeff Beck February 19th at Madison Square Garden. The man once likened to God could not have been more gracious had he played a more formal role of master of ceremonies. In his deference to Beck, Slowhand seemed intent on giving El Becko, his successor in The Yardbirds back in 1965, a chance to strut his stuff on one of the biggest stages in the world.

To ...

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Jeff Beck: Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's

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Jeff Beck Performing This Week...Live at Ronnie Scott's Eagle Vision 2009

Not appreciably different, at least in terms of additional quantity of material, this DVD counterpart to the previously released audio CD of Jeff Beck Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's is nevertheless revelatory on its own terms. And it's not the interviews with the iconoclastic British guitarist, who comes across equally thoughtful and self- effacing (not to mention effusive in his praise of the venue, the audience and the critics) or his band that provides the insights, but the presence ...

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Jeff Beck: Performing This Week ... Live at Ronnie Scott's

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Jeff BeckPerforming This Week ... Live at Ronnie Scott's Eagle Vision2009It's becoming increasingly common to release concert performances concurrently in both CD and DVD format--satisfying for those who want to experience the visuals but also appealing to fans who want the audio to be available more readily outside the confines of their living room. Yet it's often superfluous. Watching the performance once is worthwhile, but additional viewings rarely reveal a whole lot more. The audio is almost always preferable, because at the end of the day, the music's the thing. A notable ...

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Jeff Beck: Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's

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Of the trifecta of British “guitar gods" that emerged in the late-'60s--Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page--Beck is the one who, regardless of style, has best embodied the spirit of jazz. His performances are always chancy propositions because he's always been about taking great risks, and they don't always work. Whether or not Beck's shows are totally successful, they're always worth the ride because he makes complete exposure the very lifeblood of his music. When Beck is on--as he clearly was during the week from which Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's was culled--there are few who can ...

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Jeff Beck: Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's

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Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's, recorded during a 2007 run at the renowned London club, is Jeff Beck's first release on the Eagle label after a long-standing tenure on Epic Records. It's an understatement to say it bodes well for the continued vigor of the man who replaced Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds.

Recent setlists haven't varied dramatically on Beck's last few tours, and the length of performances here never exceeds six minutes, so this isn't exactly a laboratory exercise in improvisation. But this seventy-minute cd isn't merely a cross-section of Jeff Beck's career suggesting his embrace of ...

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Jeff Beck: Live, Remastered And Expanded

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Jeff Beck is the most explosive guitarist of his generation. Since he first stepped into the spotlight as a replacement for Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds, he has played with an impulsive, unorthodox logic all his own. It's an approach he has continued to hone through pioneering forays in the realm of jazz-rock fusion, as presented by Blow By Blow, Wired and later collaborations with Jan Hammer and Beatles' producer George Martin.

Today, at the age of 62, Beck continues to be a source of inspiration for air guitarists far and wide. His two stints on the road ...

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Jeff Beck: Live at BB King's Blues Club

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Jeff Beck Live at BB King's Blues Club Sony Music/Epic 2004

Leave it to Jeff Beck to make a brand new recording available only online within six months of his last studio release. Live is an erratic but nevertheless brilliant piece of work by an erratic and brilliant artist.

Recorded last September at BB King's House of Blues in New York, this CD constitutes a reunion of Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop trio. Playing with keyboardist Tony Hymas and drumming monster Terry Bozzio, the iconoclastic British guitar icon revisits, albeit somewhat ...

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Jeff Beck: Jeff

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Ever since his days with The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck has positioned himself as an experimentalist with the electric guitar. Through his pioneering days as a heavy rocker (Truth, Beck-Ola) as well as his groundbreaking fusion efforts (Blow by Blow, Wired), the iconoclastic Brit has displayed almost a tangible hunger to find new sounds. Little surprise then that he's been exploring the electronica terrain for his last three projects, including the recently released Jeff.

Beck has left much of the technical side of these projects to various co-producers and studio whizzkids, here including, but not limited to, Andy ...

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Jeff Beck: Jeff

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Ever since his days with the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck has positioned himself as an experimentalist with the electric guitar. Through his pioneering days as a heavy rocker ( Truth, Beck-Ola ) as well as his groundbreaking fusion efforts ( Blow by Blow, Wired ), the iconoclastic Brit has displayed almost a tangible hunger to find new sounds. Little surprise then that he's been exploring the electronica terrain for his last three projects, including the recently released Jeff.

Here Beck & Co. incorporate rather than compartmentalize the musical and instrumental themes. Hearing “So What,” and “Pork-U-Pine" must be similar to riding ...

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Jeff Beck: Truth & Beck-Ola

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Next to Hendrix, Clapton, and Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck stands as something of an underdog in the pantheon of guitar gods. But these early solo efforts, now reissued by Epic, remain classics of the quirkiest kind. On 1968’s Truth we hear a 23-year-old Rod Stewart wailing the blues, giving Robert Plant a run for his money. And we hear Beck displaying some of the most sonically radical guitar work of the era. The affinity with Jimmy Page is quite striking. In particular, the vocal/guitar call-and-response episodes on “Let Me Love You" and “Rock My Plimsoul" predate Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon ...



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