Beckology [Explicit Lyrics]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This triple-CD set -- obviously modeled after the four-CD Eric Clapton Crossroads box -- was the first attempt to survey Jeff Beck's entire career. In actual fact, that would be a hopeless task, given the amount of anonymous session work that the guitarist did circa 1964-1966, but Beckology still manages to touch a few unexpected bases, even as it strings together all of the obvious and most of the important sides in Beck's output. Disc one opens with the most alluring part of the entire set, three demo tracks left behind by Beck's 1963-1965 group, the Tridents; the first official releases by this band are of far more than academic interest, presenting a first-rate ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This triple-CD set -- obviously modeled after the four-CD Eric Clapton Crossroads box -- was the first attempt to survey Jeff Beck's entire career. In actual fact, that would be a hopeless task, given the amount of anonymous session work that the guitarist did circa 1964-1966, but Beckology still manages to touch a few unexpected bases, even as it strings together all of the obvious and most of the important sides in Beck's output. Disc one opens with the most alluring part of the entire set, three demo tracks left behind by Beck's 1963-1965 group, the Tridents; the first official releases by this band are of far more than academic interest, presenting a first-rate blues/R&B outfit supercharged by Beck's guitar and Ray Cook's drumming, doing killer Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley material, and even showing off Beck's prowess as a singer. The next 15 tracks represent the core of the Yardbirds' output during Beck's tenure, which lasted from March of 1965 through the summer of 1966 -- anything here could justify a place on a Yardbirds best-of set; the makers have rounded this disc out with four live cuts by the band from the BBC archives, including Beck's extraordinary homage to Elmore James' guitar playing on "The Sun Is Shining" and the unheralded group original "Love Me Like I Love You," and finish the platter with Beck's first three solo single sides, two of which, "Hi Ho Silver Lining" and "Tally Man," comprise the guitarist's brief, achingly beautiful virtuoso digression into trippy psychedelic pop, before he broke through to the more fertile field of what came to be known as heavy metal. Disc two is all of that, made up of the core of his output with the Jeff Beck Group and Beck Bogert & Appice, the latter filled out with a pair of previously unissued tracks: a live version of "Blues Deluxe/BBA Boogie" and "Jizz Whizz." Disc three skips across Beck's instrumental sides off of Blow by Blow, Wired, and There and Back and his tour with the Jan Hammer Group from the later 1970s, and wraps up with ten songs from Flash and Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, sandwiching some key odd singles and Beck's contributions to the soundtracks of the movies Twins and Porky's Revenge. There are flaws in this set, to be sure; originally conceived as a four-disc retrospective, it was reduced to three, over Beck's wishes that some proposed cuts be omitted and Sony Music's timidity over the sales prospect of the four-CD set. But it is a good package within those boundaries, with fairly thorough annotation accompanied by great photos and a Pete Frame family tree, and, above all, excellent tape research -- not only were the right masters i.e., the mono masters used on "Hot House of Omagarashid" and "Lost Woman," but this is also the only CD package to combine the Yardbirds' 1965 catalog material with their 1966 tracks owned by separate parties who will not get together. The mastering of it all is so clean that it put most of the older versions of this material to shame at the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646542422
  • Catalog Number: 65424

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Trouble in Mind (2:16)
  2. 2 Nursery Rhyme (5:49)
  3. 3 Wandering Man Blues (3:27)
  4. 4 Steeled Blues - The Yardbirds (2:36)
  5. 5 Heart Full of Soul - The Yardbirds (2:28)
  6. 6 I'm Not Talking - The Yardbirds (2:31)
  7. 7 I Ain't Done Wrong - The Yardbirds (3:38)
  8. 8 The Train Kept a Rollin' - The Yardbirds (3:24)
  9. 9 I'm a Man - The Yardbirds (2:36)
  10. 10 Shapes of Things - The Yardbirds (2:24)
  11. 11 Over, Under, Sideways, Down - The Yardbirds (2:21)
  12. 12 Happenings Ten Years Time Ago - The Yardbirds (2:54)
  13. 13 Hot House of Omagarashid - The Yardbirds (2:39)
  14. 14 Lost Woman - The Yardbirds (3:07)
  15. 15 Rack My Mind - The Yardbirds (3:11)
  16. 16 The Nazz Are Blue - The Yardbirds (3:01)
  17. 17 Psycho Daisies - The Yardbirds (1:48)
  18. 18 Jeff's Boogie - The Yardbirds (2:22)
  19. 19 Too Much Monkey Business - The Yardbirds (2:29)
  20. 20 The Sun Is Shining - The Yardbirds (2:42)
  21. 21 Mister, You're a Better Man Than I - The Yardbirds (3:56)
  22. 22 Love Me Like I Love You - The Yardbirds (2:50)
  23. 23 Hi-Ho Silver Lining (2:52)
  24. 24 Tallyman (2:42)
  25. 25 Beck's Bolero (2:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shapes of Things - Jeff Beck Group (3:17)
  2. 2 I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck Group (4:52)
  3. 3 Rock My Plimsoul - Jeff Beck Group (3:39)
  4. 4 Jailhouse Rock - Jeff Beck Group (3:12)
  5. 5 Plynth (Water Down the Drain) - Jeff Beck Group (3:04)
  6. 6 I've Been Drinking - Jeff Beck Group (3:16)
  7. 7 Definitely Maybe - Jeff Beck Group (5:02)
  8. 8 New Ways Train Train - Jeff Beck Group (5:50)
  9. 9 Going Down - Jeff Beck Group (6:49)
  10. 10 I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You - Jeff Beck Group (2:42)
  11. 11 Superstition - Beck, Bogert & Appice (4:18)
  12. 12 Black Cat Moan - Beck, Bogert & Appice (9:16)
  13. 13 Blues Deluxe/Bba Boogie - Beck, Bogert & Appice (16:41)
  14. 14 Jizz Whizz - Beck, Bogert & Appice (4:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Cause We've Ended as Lovers (5:41)
  2. 2 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (5:26)
  3. 3 Love Is Green (2:28)
  4. 4 Diamond Dust (8:21)
  5. 5 Freeway Jam - Jan Hammer Group (7:22)
  6. 6 The Pump (5:47)
  7. 7 People Get Ready (4:54)
  8. 8 Escape (4:37)
  9. 9 Gets Us All in the End (6:04)
  10. 10 Back on the Streets (3:04)
  11. 11 Wild Thing (4:13)
  12. 12 The Train Kept a Rollin' (3:56)
  13. 13 Sleepwalk (2:16)
  14. 14 The Stumble (3:01)
  15. 15 Big Block (4:06)
  16. 16 Where Were You - Terry Bozzio (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Beck Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Arthur Baker Drums
Beck, Bogert & Appice Track Performer
Jimmy Page Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Rod Stewart Vocals, Track Performer
Ron Wood Bass
The Yardbirds Track Performer
Mo Foster Bass
Jan Hammer Synthesizer, Keyboards, Track Performer
Carmine Appice Drums, Vocals
Madeline Bell Background Vocals
Jimmy Hall Vocals
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Keith Moon Drums
Simon Phillips Drums
Tim Bogert Bass, Vocals
John Paul Jones Bass
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Jim McCarty Drums
Tina B. Background Vocals
Tony Beard Drums
Terry Bozzio Percussion, Drums, Track Performer
Jay Burnett Synthesizer, Synthesizer Bass
Clive Chaman Bass
Dave Charles Drums
Phil Chen Bass
Chris Dreja Bass, Rhythm Guitar
Duane Hitchings Keyboards
Tony Hymas Synthesizer, Keyboards, Track Performer
Karen Lawrence Vocals
John Lucas Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Narada Michael Walden Piano
Max Middleton Piano
Tony Newman Drums
Cozy Powell Drums
Keith Relf Harmonica, Vocals
Peter Richardson Percussion
Paul Samwell-Smith Bass
Fernando Saunders Bass
Richard Scher Keyboards
John Siegler Bass
Curly Smith Synthesizer
Tony Smith Drums
Bob Tench Vocals
John Van Tongeren Keyboards
Mickey Waller Drums
Ray Cook Drums
Sam Phillips Drums
Jeff Beck Group Track Performer
Andrew Roachford Vocals
Jan Hammer Group Track Performer
Paul Lucas Bass, Vocals
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Bass
Clem Catini Drums
Richard Bailey Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Arthur Baker Producer, drum programming
Jeff Beck Producer
Steve Cropper Producer
Dave Edmunds Producer
Jan Hammer Producer
Nile Rodgers Producer
Larry Weiss Composer
George Martin Producer
Ken Scott Producer
Jim McCarty Composer
Simon Napier-Bell Producer
Terry Bozzio Producer
Chris Dreja Composer
Scott English Composer
Tony Hymas Producer
Leif Mases Producer
Mickie Most Producer
Keith Relf Composer
Paul Samwell-Smith Composer, Producer
Alan Shacklock Producer
Jimmy Miller Producer
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