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"An absolutely jaw-dropping display of the most exciting, imaginative and inspirational jazz-rock guitar witnessed in years." - Jazzwise
"Perhaps the greatest living guitar virtuoso...Combining astonishing technique with a blissful nuance he exercised an almost supernatural control of his fretboard." - The Times - 4 Stars
Jeff Beck is a true rock legend. From his time with the Yardbirds in the sixties, through the Jeff Beck Group and throughout his solo career his unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of his peers and the adoration of legions of fans. In 2007 Jeff Beck performed a series of concerts at the renowned Ronnie Scott's club in London. They became the must have ticket of the year with a packed audience every night of the famous and the fans. This CD features performances recorded across the different nights and presents the best version of each track.
2008 release. Jeff Beck is a true Rock legend. From his time with the Yardbirds in the '60, through his solo career, his unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of his peers and the adoration of legions of fans. In 2007 Jeff Beck performed a series of concerts at the renowned Ronnie Scott's club in London. They became the must-have ticket of the year with a packed audience every night filled with the famous and the fans. This CD features performances recorded across the different nights and presents what Jeff Beck considers the best version of each track. For these performances, Beck is joined by Tal Wilkenfeld, Vinnie Colaiuta and Jason Rebello. Features classic tracks from across Jeff Beck's career including: 'Beck's Bolero', 'Led Boots', 'Scatterbrain', 'Where Were You', 'Angels (Footsteps)', 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers' and his now iconic version of 'A Day In The Life'. 16 tracks. Eagle.
- Jeff Beck
I bought this as well as the DVD. If I were to choose between the two I would choose the DVD. Its twice as good because of the fact you can watch him play as well as hear. But.... A true fan would get both the CD and DVD. One for home, one for the car. Thats how I am doing it....more info
- Artistry Personified
No matter how many times you hear Jeff play the same song it really doesn't matter because a true artist expresses themselves in the moment. Jeff has a voice on his guitar and that separates the special musicians from everyone else. I just saw him live down under in Brisbane on the 29th Jan 2009 and he essentially played the material on this album. It is a shame that his writing and arranging are so often overlooked as they deserve more credit. This album is a compilation of some of Jeff's finest works and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I think Jeff is getting better as he ages and unlike many professional musicians Jeff maintains the integrity and quality in his work. His band as usual rounds out the sound with virtuosic drumming from Vinnie Colaiuta(used to love him when he played with Zappa). Vinnie just has a rolling light sound and has a vocabulary on the drums that is so varied it is hard to know where all those ideas keep spawning from. Tal Wilkenfeld on bass is excellent but I feel plays a little too softly at times, and Jason Rebello on keyboards has some outstanding solo moments. This is a complete album with no bad tracks. It is not really fair to single out any particular tracks but I like the slower tracks such as Cause We've Ended As Lovers, Nadia, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Bush With The Blues but Beck's Bolero and Scatterbrain are equally lifting. Music does not get much purer with great writing, melody, harmony, playing and arranging. It's all there. The thing with Jeff is you don't even notice his guitar playing you just hear the music. Enjoy :)...more info
- A non-negotiable five stars for this one
After Live at BB King Blues Club and Official Bootleg USA '06, two live releases from Beck that were expensive and varied in quality, it's definitely an early Christmas present to receive a new, reasonably priced, and consistently hot live set from this king of the stings.
The expected tracks are here, and the set list mixes it up enough so that even if you do own the other two live CDs, you're not getting a "re-tread" here.
Beck's post-Yardbirds success...with the possible exception of the first "Jeff Beck Group" featuring Rod Stewart and Ron Wood...has always been brighter in the realm of instrumental albums like Blow by Blow, Wired, and There and Back. On this album, he simply goes with his strengths for an unrelenting 70 minutes...and when you're Jeff Beck, those strengths result in a house full of dropped jaws. Buy it....more info
- Beware! Missing tracks! Go for the DVD instead!
This applies to the CD. The following tunes on the DVD are NOT on the CD or MP3 version of this album (They apparently cut all the "guest appearences").
"People Get Ready" with Joss Stone
"Blanket" with Imogen Heap (This is the video Amazon posted to promote the album. Dispite what the caption says, it's NOT on the CD. It's a free mp3 download though, by all means grab it.)
"Little Brown Bird" with Eric Clapton
"You Need Love" with Eric Clapton
"Rollin' and Tumblin'" with Imogen Heap
That's at least 20 minutes of music, and the most interesting parts of the show.
What you're left with is largely a rehash of Jeff's fusion instrumental tunes from the late '70's and the '80s.
On the other hand, "Blanket" is a great track - It's nice to hear Beck with new material. A whole live album of fresh tunes with Jeff, Imogen, and the great backing band would have been much more interesting.
- Great Listen
I just started listening to Jeff Beck about a year ago. As with all musicians, there is some to like and some to not like, but his playing style is a bit unique which drives a uniqueness in his sound. In other words you kind of know it's him when you hear it and nobody else plays it the way he does. If you've been listening to him for a while, this may be more of the same, but with a guy this talented more is always better than less. If you're starting with this one, then you can't go wrong. After listening to the CD, I had to pick up the DVD as well. ...more info
- one for posterity
Jeff Beck doesn't need to prove how good he is. Watching his interviews you realise why he never reached the stratosphere of his contemporaries like Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, but he has managed to retain his youthful looks in the process. I would have thought it a no-brainer to perform in such intimate surroundings as Ronnie's but it looked like Jeff needed some convincing on that regard. The Stones managed to come out of the god-awful enormodomes they play in and got Scorcese no less to shoot on Shine a Light. This is about as good as it is gonna get for Jeff. For a man of 64 he looks half the age of Keef and poor Jimmy looks like his grandad. All the hits are there and they sound duly freshened up. Stratus, Led Boots and Day in the Life are worth the price of admission E.C gave us his autobiography,Jimmy gave us his one-off Zeppelin concert and Beck here has given a most enjoyable summation of a great career....more info
- Jeff Beck - Performing this week live at Ronnie Scotts
Everyone has a favourite: guitarist that it. Mine has always and forever will be Jeff Beck. The most accomplished instrumentalist that few people have heard of. From the earliest days in the Yardbirds, through his first band with Rod Stewart on Vocals, Ronnie Wood on Bass and Mickey Waller on Drums Beck has laid the foundation for virtually every genre of post Beatles rock. This live recording takes early cuts like Beck's Bolero - (written by Beck and Jimmie Page) and which featured a manic Kieth Moon on the original recording and demonstrates in stark relief where and why Beck's talents lay wringing, wrestling, cajoling and seducing guitar sounds that none have ever been able to emulate. Yes many will claim Hendrix was the innovator - but for those in and around the London Clubs of the mid 60's they will have noticed or even remember nights when Hendrix would watch Beck; some have even recalled Beck and he jamming late into the night.
Once Beck had tired of "plank-spanking" (post Beck, Bogart and Appice), Beck hooked up with George Martin and took on what is now known as Jazz-Rock. Beck plays today fusing jazz, rock and an electro/techo style all his own - and does so with a free rein. Even the Beatles Day in the Life displays a musical understanding which leave most observers breathless - or may be that might be speechless.
This guy is now 64 and is rarely less than astonishing. Guitarists and music lovers alike should listen to this album if only to hear the full vocal range of the electric guitar in the hands of the acknowledged master!...more info
this guy as renown as he is im still new to him this is a great cd with one of the most fantastic trios starting with a 17 year old bassist who i would love to meet in person cute get a look at jeff beck and tal wilkenfeld on the Crossroads guitar festival 2007 two of these songs on this cd are performed on the eric clapton dvd.Crossroads: Eric Clapton Guitar Festival 2007...more info
- Classic Beck!
Well , this is just another great jeff beck performance. He shows all guitarists how it's done . with special guests and great musicians this is one of his best. If you've never seen jeff, now's your chance....more info
- So Good
This album is sooo much fun. One of the best live rock/jazz performances available!! Treat your ears...play it loud. Vinnie Colaiuta-Drums, Jason Rebello-keyboards, and Tal Wilkenfeld-Bass are the perfect complement. A great selection of songs including many favorites like "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" by Stevie Wonder and "Led Boots" by Maxwell Middleton...and a surprise cover of "A Day In The Life" by Lennon/McCartney. If you're already a fan, you'll love this. If you aren't one yet, listen twice, you may become one....more info
- An experienced guitar player
This guitar player goes way back, starting as far as I know with the Yardbyrds in the early sixties. So this musician has a lot of musical history behind him. The title of this album implies that the live performance is more of a quality performance in front of a club audience than a commercial performance in front of a stadium audience. It's a fine piece of art....more info
Jeff at his best. The old and the new getting tore up in the way Only Jeff can do it. Alot of music for the money and it's all top notch. I am scatterbrain......more info
- A Must Have....
All I can say is,if you are a Jeff Beck fan,run,don't walk to get this CD.Jeff has topped himself with these live tracks.When I heard this,I thought I was gonna drop over on the floor,and die happy!
If you ever liked even ONE song by Jeff,you'll love this.I am proud to put this in my media library.Thank you,Jeff Beck!...more info
- You need this!
If you're a Jeff Beck fan this is necessary for your collection. It is well mixed and will blow you away! No one, but no one plays like this. He continues to amaze......more info
- Jeff Beck - Live at Ronnie Scotts
Enjoying the Jeff Beck cd. I'm a huge Jeff Beck fan. I've seen him live 6 times. Two summers ago, I was at the Eric Clapton Guitar Festival and very pleased with this group make-up performance; and they deliver another strong performance on this cd. Highly recommended.
CD purchasing remarks: Service, delivery time, quality and price were excellent....more info
If you like Jeff Beck you will love this. He just keeps getting better....more info
- A Must Have for Your Jeff Beck Archive
The perfect JB set list: rock, blues, jazz, and world music. He doesn't tour very often so this may be the closest you will get to a show. We don't hear much from Page but the other two Yardbird players (EC + JB) just get better and better with age....more info
Jeff Beck is in a league of his own. His musis style is unique and by far one of the best guitar players of all time. This cd captures the true Jeff Beck style of music....more info
- Jeff Beck live at Ronnie Scotts
This is Jeff Becks live recording of his one week stand at Ronnie Scotts intimate jazz club in London. No matter how many superlatives I could come up,it would not be high enough praise for Jeff and this record. This is the same band Jeff put together for the Crossroads concerts in 2007. The band is very well rehearsed and gives Jeff the freedom to explore all possibilities in his songs. To put it bluntly, what Jeff does with the guitar should not be possible. Jeff Beck is the greatest electric guitarist who has ever lived and this record proves that statement. I can hardly wait for the companion DVD to be released in March 2009....more info
- Jeff Beck At His Best
The man is a treasure and here he is, still doing it better then anyone. Backed by a stellar lineup, Jeff rips through some of his best tunes from his huge catalog. With an Australian and Japanese tour planned for 2009, we can only hope we will be hearing more from him in the new year....more info
- A True Guitar God
I've had the pleasure and honor of seeing Mr. Beck perform twice.
Once in 2000 and last week at the new Boston House of Blues.
Both times were just unbelievable,jaw-dropping performances.
This live cd captures his outstanding and out-of-this-world playing.
Backed by the talented Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Jason Rebello on keyboards and last and certainly not least, Tal Wilkenfeld on bass.
Remember Ms. Wilkenfeld's name. This young, 23-year-old from Australia is a very, very talented bass player.
All his great songs are here, from Beck's Bolero to Led Boots, to the Beatle's A Day in the Life, which is just phenominal and my favorite Beck song Where Were You and many more.
If you've ever seen Jeff in concert this a great keepsake and reminder of how great a guitarist he is and if you haven't this will make you want to go out and catch him live.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were sitting in this audience for this display of sheer musicianship. Jeff shows the worlds once again that he is truly his own man when it comes to playing guitar. No one sounds like him. ...more info
- Performance and Recording Outstanding
The same Jeff Beck "back-up band" is together on EC Crossroads and I did not think they could top their performance there. From the very first song on this DVD I was stunned at the sound recording quality. All four musicians are in top form and obviously having a great time. Vinnie proves once again that he is one of the greatest drummers, ever. Without a doubt, one of the best DVD purchases I've ever made....more info
- Just Amazing
The preceding reviews speak volumes concerning why all people who love good music ought to buy this DVD. Jeff Beck is untouchable here. But, more importantly for me (an old guitar enthusiast now in his sunset years), all these players are obviously having a great time. This DVD will not, as so many of my other great music concerts do, end up collecting dust on my shelf after one or two plays. Enjoy this one, over and over again!...more info
A must have for any Jeff Beck fan or Guitar efficianado. Jeff proves again and again why "He is the Man". I purchased the video and CD. The DVD includes some awsome performances along with Eric Clapton and Imogen Heap. Take note of the famous musicians in the crowd. (plant page etc.)Jeff Beck seldom releases video footages of His performances...take advantage! As Clapton described Beck, He pulls the music out of His guitar. This DVD will give you a birds eye view of the master at work. ...more info
- Review of Jeff Beck's Live at Ronnie Scotts
Bloody ripper album. Great to hear Jeff in full flight in a live setting and get a taste of just how subtle, nuanced, and rip-snortin' he is live without any studio smoke 'n mirrors. Mind you, he has a reputation for using minimal special effects within or without the studio. It's all in the fingers. What control. What expression. Christ this guy can play. The consumate Euro rock guitarist. So damn good, he can't seem to play in a normal rock format - i.e. with singer in tow. Of course he kinda made the transition to jazz-rock but has remained essentially in the rock camp playing what would have to be described as "instrumental rock" rather than "jazz rock". Thank god he didn't get into wanky spiritualism and paradoxalism such as afflicted the jazz rockers - e.g. "return to ... forever", "visions of the emerald ... beyond", etc, etc. Of course all these guys were in thrall to Jimminy "Cricket" Hendrix and wanted to get a taste of unleashing that kind of sonic power. Jeff might have been a bit in thrall to the Jimster himself. But Jeff was there right at the start right along with Jimminy, Eric, Green, Page, etc. He was, perhaps more than any other Euro guitarist, the main guy to create the language of rock guitar. And more than any other, he took it somewhere else. Check out Nadia for a taste of what Jeff can do with micro-tones. Great to hear some of the old material getting a workout. Only disappointment I guess is a lack of new stuff. Be good to hear some great new tunes in the hands of the maestro. Interesting to speculate on what the Stones might have sounded like had Jeff joined at the time instead of Ronnie. I don't imagine he would have stuck around forever but it would have been fun to hear a couple of Stones disks with Jeff slashing and burning along with the riff-maester....more info
- Beck still kickin' it
I saw Beck in '07 with some old h.s. buddies and we were amazed that not only does he play better now than ever, but that he makes it look so effortless. He used to make it at least look hard. He was really one of my favorite artists during the "Blow by Blow" - "Wired" period. I also wore out "Truth" and I still listen to "Rough and Ready," which is a great, albeit underrated LP. I didn't care as much for his "machine" period. We are going back to see him tonight in Oakland (4/23/09). Will report. ...more info
- A Must Have For Beck Fans
I don't have the time to break this thing down track by track, but suffice it to say, GET THIS! It's not without a few missed notes by Beck and Tal, but the spontaneity(sp?)is wonderful. The rich production and "in your face" sound has me pleased. Some old tunes, some newer ones, and a couple covers. I only wish they would have done "Stand On It", but you can't have it all. For a thrill, check out the you tube videos of these perfomances to actually see the man work his magic, and a great backing band. Or do like me and get the dvd. Folks, Jeff IS the most interesting rock guitarist and has been forever, but he's getting up there in age.(you wouldn't be able to tell here, though) Someday he may hang it up for good. Buy this and the dvd now....more info
- Best Guitarist
With apologies to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck is the best guitarist alive. He is an apex shredder. He bends strings with abandon. He elicits tones with the whammy bar that no one else can duplicate. His sound is original, distictive and instantly recognizable. If you enjoy this CD, I suggest that you also get JEFF BECK LIVE AT B.B. KING. Both of these represent what lead guitar playing is all about!...more info
- A must-buy for any guitar lover
The Guv'nor does it again.
Beck has been consistently the most interesting and original guitar player in rock since his Yardbirds days, though sometimes held back by lacklustre material. Whereas many of his peers have been resting on their past glories, Beck has been on a constant and continuous development path, even reinventing the way he plays his guitar. He now stands in a category by himself, coaxing impossible sounds from his guitar that give a vocal quality to what he plays.
The tracks on the CD cover a lot of ground in Beck's career and a lot of musical ground: rock, blues, jazz, fusion, reggae etc.. all meld into a musical whole and are made his own. He is aptly supported by his amazing regular band, Vinne Colaiuta, Tal Wilkenfield and Jason Rebello.
Very highly recommended. You'll be hard pressed to find a more original musician anywhere....more info