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Jeff Beck: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

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As is readily apparent during the interval with Mycah Chevalier, Phaze II Jazz, Brian Christopher, Gwendolyn Collins, Sydni Marie, Kimberly Lewis, Kal-el Gross's Billy F. Gibbons, there's a special affection between guitarists, so if there is a crowning achievement to this show, it may lie in those moments Beck and the ageless bluesman Buddy Guy share the stage on "Let Me Love You." Or that might be the case if it weren't for this rendition of "A Day in the Life:" originally recorded as part of a tribute to the late Sir George Martin, producer (of a select few Beck records as well as the Fab Four), Jeff imbues The Beatles' song with a deep abiding dignity, as if it was composed specifically for milestones like this one he's recognizing.

Live at the Hollywood Bowl radiates exactly that kind of significance from all involved, so it's only natural Alan Light's essay in the accompanying booklet nearly overflows with the excitement of an observer who couldn't predict what was next to come. But then that's the sensation that has arisen over the fifty years of Jeff Beck's career and this unique performance is a direct reflection of his artistic adventures.

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