Jeff Beck – Beck-Ola

And now we switch to the gorgeous guitar wizardry of Jeff Beck. There’s something about these great guitar players… If you’ve ever picked up the instrument and tried to play, you know they are on a level you can’t even imagine, so much feel and expression. Jeff Beck is one of those players.

I don’t have anywhere near all of his albums, but Truth, the first solo album (prior to Beck-Ola) is one I know I need to get! I did have a used copy here, on LP, but it was not playable. Gah.

What can I say about this record other than it’s a pure classic? My old LP copy sounds just right, warm and perfect. Even the title is a play on the Rock-Ola jukebox name, the same kind my Mom had when we were kids. The music is as classic blues rock as you can get. And the players here! Not only do you get Jeff Beck, but Rod Stewart on vocals, Nicky Hopkins and Ronnie Wood (heard of the Stones?) on keys and bass guitar (!), respectively, and Tony Newman (played with a ton, including Bowie, Harrison, Clapton, on many others) on drums. Talk about an all-star cast. Man, Ronnie on that bass, stellar.

You really need to read THIS for a short history – imagine them at Woodstock! – but the Faces are an acceptable alternative by every measure, eh?

To say I love this good rockin’, good lovin’ album is an understatement. They get more done in this half hour play-length than some bands accomplish their whole career.

Pure classic.

 

 

Posted on 2021-01-22, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I know this Beck more than the other Beck. I will keep these short so I can comment on them all. So many good cuts here. Yeah Wood’s bass is very cool.

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  2. You are right, great guitar players make it look so easy and I know first hand it is so hard. My fingers struggle to move in those positions and these guys dance around the frets like Fred Astaire.

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    • I’ve “played” (I’m a hack) for over 20 years and I’m nowhere close to that. It’s hours spent, honestly. My usual 5-30 minutes here and there can’t beat their multiple hours daily for decades. For guitar, it really is that 10,000 hours thing, I figure. And even then you could spend the time and not be as great as some, there’s an in-born feel as well.

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  3. Good album, I guess this was before Jeff Beck used to show up at hotel rooms.

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  4. Crackin’ album. This and Truth are essential, I reckon. I got heavily into a fair few Jeff Beck albums over the last year and a bit. The fusion stuff that I had sorta ignored thinking it wasn’t for me just absolutely blew my mind.

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