Emotion & Commotion

Emotion & Commotion

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by Jeff Beck
     
 

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For his first studio album in seven years, Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Beck returns with an eclectic mix of tracks that find the guitar virtuoso accompanied by a handpicked cast of talented musicians, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra. Rhino unleashes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer s restless genius with Emotion & Commotion. Beck

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For his first studio album in seven years, Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Beck returns with an eclectic mix of tracks that find the guitar virtuoso accompanied by a handpicked cast of talented musicians, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra. Rhino unleashes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer s restless genius with Emotion & Commotion. Beck recorded Emotion & Commotion late last year at Sarm Studios in London with award-winning producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn. To create the album s diverse sound, Beck used a number of musicians, including appearances by frequent collaborators Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Jason Rebello (keyboards), and Tal Wilkenfeld (bass). The album also includes contributions from a trio of singers: Imelda May ('Lilac Wine'), Olivia Safe ('Elegy For Dunkirk'), and Grammy-winner Joss Stone ('I Put A Spell On You' and 'There s No Other Me'). To complement the innovative tones he coaxes from his guitar, Beck recorded with a 64-piece orchestra on songs that range from Puccini s immortal aria 'Nessun Dorma' and Elegy For Dunkirk from the film Atonement to 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' from The Wizard Of Oz and Jeff Buckley s interpretation of 'Corpus Christi Carol.' Beck says the idea of pairing his guitar with an orchestra evolved from the version of Gustav Mahler s Symphony No. 5 he recorded a few years ago. 'It turned out amazingly well, but I didn t want to commit to an entire album of classical music. What appealed to me instead was the idea of bringing together these seemingly contradictory sounds on different kinds of nonclassical music.' In addition to the orchestral pieces, Emotion & Commotion showcases a number of original compositions. For 'Hammerhead,' Beck fires the rocker s opening salvo through his wah-wah pedal before falling into a deep groove carved out by the rhythm section and horn arrangement. At the opposite end of the sonic spectrum, the airy arrangement that elevates 'Never Alone' provides a wide-angle soundscape for Beck s imagination to freely explore the high-flying melody. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2010
Label:
Atco
UPC:
0081227981105
catalogNumber:
523695
Rank:
26199

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Beck   Primary Artist
Jason Rebello   Keyboards
Chris Bruce   Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Clive Deamer   Drums
Earl Harvin   Drums
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Pino Palladino   Bass
Steve Sidwell   Conductor
Pete Murray   Keyboards
Joss Stone   Vocals
Tal Wilkenfeld   Bass
Imelda May   Vocals
Olivia Safe   Vocals
Alessia Mattalia   Drums
Joss Sidwell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Benjamin Britten   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Jeff Beck   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Jason Rebello   Composer,Programming,Lyricist
Harold Arlen   Composer
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Alan Branch   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Composer,Lyricist
Trevor Horn   Executive Producer
Steve Lipson   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Tim Weidner   Engineer
Niall Acott   Engineer
Renato Simoni   Composer
Giuseppe Adami   Composer
Pete Murray   keyboard arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Joss Stone   Composer,Lyricist
Dario Marianelli   Composer
Graham Archer   Engineer
Steve Price   Engineer
Sam Farr   Engineer
James H. Shelton   Composer,Lyricist
Edd Hartwell   Engineer
Kazuyo Horie   Digital Manipulation

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Emotion & Commotion 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ET-72 More than 1 year ago
It's been decades since I bought a Jeff Beck record. My last one could possibly be "Blow by Blow." See, I told you it's been a long time. But, on "Emotion and Commotion" Beck establishes himself as one of the world's great rock guitarists. He is equally comfortable playing a slow, soulful tune like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" as he is ripping through many of the other songs on the record. One of the songs even has a full orchestra playing. A guitarist as maestro. Now, that is something you don't hear every day. His guitar weeps, loves, hammers, and cries. The name is apt for the varying moods Beck puts the listener in as you enjoy this collection. I whole-heartedly recommend this album.
Casablues More than 1 year ago
The artistry displayed on this album continues to show why Jeff Beck is rock's premier guitarist. From the mournful "Corpus Christi Carol" to the rollicking "There's No Other Me", Beck wrings the emotion from his guitar in a way that even non-guitarists can appreciate. In addition to the usual instrumental gems (including a stunning take on "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"), his collaborations with vocalists Joss Stone ("I Put a Spell on You" and "There's No Other Me") and newcomer Imelda May ("Lilac Wine") are highlights as well. The inclusion of a full orchestra on several cuts harkens back to Beck's Blow by Blow album. Emotion and Commotion is a fully realized and wonderfully executed album that shows Jeff Beck at the top of his game.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
How many ways can I say brilliant? Phenomonal. Perfection. Genius. This CD is all those synonyms and more! A blend of funk, mellow rock, and mind-melting blues that I will never grow tired of hearing. Buy it. Experience Beck's brilliance.
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Sleepwalkers More than 1 year ago
Beck's new album sounds as if he was unable to focus on a specific style of music and so basically decided to throw ideas for three very distinct projects into one release. The four pieces - Benjamin Britten's Corpus Christi Carol, Harold Arlen's Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Giacomo Puccini's Nessun Dorma and Dario Marianelli's Elegy For Dunkirk - consisting of Beck performing solo guitar with the orchestra are simply majestic. By the way, Beck also had recorded the pensive Adagietto from Gustav Mahler's 5th Symphony, yet opted not to include it for some reason. I admit that I am extremely partial to the instrumental tracks including contributions from his recent lineup of drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Tal Wilkenfeld and keyboardist Jason Rebello. Since I admit to holding a firm preconception that this musical direction should have dominated the album, my preference leans towards the aggressive stomp of 'Hammerhead', the grace and finesse of 'Never Alone' and the shuffle funk groove of 'Serene' (which includes some very tasteful bass licks from Wilkenfeld). Unfortunately, the vocal tracks leave me somewhat cold. Why rehash a tired blues number such as 'I Put A Spell On You' in 2010? And then why allow Joss Stone to caterwaul some utter nonsense all over the fierce funk of 'There Is No Other Me'? I am not completely sure of the accuracy, but I was informed that the track was initially built from an instrumental idea titled Pristine Delusion and I really wish that it had remained as such. Another frustrating aspect of this particular piece is how it fades out abruptly just as the band finally starts to kick into high gear. Beck and Imelda May's take on Jeff Buckley's 'Lilac Wine' is appropriately relaxed, but I feel that it does not actually gel with the rest of the material. It seems that the two also recorded Howlin Wolf's 'Poor Boy', which will be included on the Japanese version of the album. Beck also recorded an instrumental version of 'Cry Me A River', which will be included on the Japanese version as well. So for those who prefer that Beck keep on playing the blues, then I suppose that could be recommended as another option for purchase. For those such as I who find themselves most impressed by Beck when he cuts loose with his daring and dazzling blend of jazz/rock fusion, they are most likely not going to be so fully satisfied with the overall content of this release.