Jeff

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
You've got to give him credit: Jeff Beck, guitar deity of the 1960s, has kept up with the times. Jeff builds on the musical trend that began with Beck's 1999 album Who Else! and continued with 2001's You Had It Coming: surrounding the hotshot picker with a techno-rock wall-of-sound that is less about band chemistry than the interaction of Beck and his producers. That the guitarist remains the center of attention is a testament to his still-fecund creativity and sheer technical flash. The fact that vocals are incidental at best also keeps the spotlight firmly on the man of the hour. Beck was always a daring player, and such tracks as "Grease Monkey," "Hot Rod ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
You've got to give him credit: Jeff Beck, guitar deity of the 1960s, has kept up with the times. Jeff builds on the musical trend that began with Beck's 1999 album Who Else! and continued with 2001's You Had It Coming: surrounding the hotshot picker with a techno-rock wall-of-sound that is less about band chemistry than the interaction of Beck and his producers. That the guitarist remains the center of attention is a testament to his still-fecund creativity and sheer technical flash. The fact that vocals are incidental at best also keeps the spotlight firmly on the man of the hour. Beck was always a daring player, and such tracks as "Grease Monkey," "Hot Rod Honeymoon," and "Plan B" burst with careening lines and the kind of on-the-edge fretwork that has characterized his playing since his days with the Yardbirds in the mid-1960s. But the tender side of this six-string stinger is also on display on the more contemplative "Bulgaria" and "Why Lord Oh Why." Contemporary studio wizardry may have changed the context of Beck's work, but this new sonic atmosphere has inspired this evolving rock icon.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
"If the voice don't say it, the guitar will play it," raps Saffron on "Pork-U-Pine," the third track on Jeff Beck's minimally titled Jeff. And he does. Beck teams with producer Andy Wright, the man responsible for his more complete immersion into electronic backdrops on his last outing, You Had It Coming. This time the transition is complete. Beck used electronica first on Who Else!, moved a little more into the fire on You Had It Coming, and here merges his full-on Beck-Ola guitar heaviness with the sounds of contemporary spazz-out big beats and noise. Beck and Wright employ Apollo 440 on "Grease Monkey" and "Hot Rod Honeymoon," and use a number of vocalists, including the wondrously gifted Nancy Sorrell, on a host of tracks, as well as the London Session Orchestra on others such as "Seasons," where hip-hop, breakbeats, and old-school Tangerine Dream sequencing meet the guitarist's deep blues and funk-drenched guitar stylings. As for atmospherics, David Torn aka producer Splattercell offers a shape-shifting mix of glitch tracks on "Plan B" for Beck to wax on both acoustically and electrically, and make them weigh a ton. But it's on cuts like "Trouble Man," a purely instrumental big drum and guitar skronk workout, where Beck truly shines here. With a rhythm section of Dean Garcia and Steve Barney -- and Tony Hymas appears as well -- Beck goes completely overboard: the volume screams and the sheer crunch of his riffs and solos split the rhythm tracks in two, then four, and finally eight, as he turns single-string runs into commentaries on everything from heavy metal to East Indian classical music. The industrial crank and burn of "Grease Monkey" is an outing fraught with danger for the guitarist, who has to whirl away inside a maelstrom of deeply funky noise -- and Beck rides the top of the wave into dirty drum hell and comes out wailing. For those who feel they need a dose of Beck's rootsier and bluesier playing, there is one, but the context is mentally unglued. "Hot Rod Honeymoon" is a drum and bass sprint with Beck playing both slide and Texas-style blues à la Albert Collins, letting the strings bite into the beats. The vocals are a bit cheesy, but the entire track is so huge it's easy to overlook them. "Line Dancing With Monkeys" has a splintered Delta riff at its core, but it mutates, shifts, changes shape, and becomes the kind of spooky blues that cannot be made with conventional instruments. His turnarounds into the myopic rhythms provide a kind of menacing foil to their increasing insistence in the mix. Before gabber-style drum and bass threaten to break out of the box, Beck's elongated bent-note solos tame them. "JB's Blues" is the oddest thing here because it's so ordinary; it feels like it belongs on an updated Blow By Blow. In all this is some of the most emotionally charged and ferocious playing of Beck's career. Within the context of contemporary beatronica, Beck flourishes. He find a worthy opponent to tame in the machines, and his ever-present funkiness is allowed to express far more excess than restraint. This is as fine a modern guitar record as you are ever going to hear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972318721
  • Catalog Number: 723187
  • Sales rank: 26,088

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So What (4:19)
  2. 2 Plan B (4:49)
  3. 3 Pork-U-Pine (4:06)
  4. 4 Seasons (3:48)
  5. 5 Trouble Man (3:34)
  6. 6 Grease Monkey (3:34)
  7. 7 Hot Rod Honeymoon (3:33)
  8. 8 Line Dancing With Monkeys (5:18)
  9. 9 JB's Blues (4:20)
  10. 10 Pay Me No Mind (3:18)
  11. 11 My Thing (4:10)
  12. 12 Bulgaria (2:00)
  13. 13 Why Lord Oh Why? (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Beck Primary Artist
Saffron Vocals
Apollo 440 Musician
Dean Garcia Musician
Tony Hymas Musician
The London Session Orchestra Musician
Andy Wright Vocals
Beached Boys Vocals
Ronni Ancona Vocals
Steve Barney Musician
Nancy Sorrell Vocals
Baylen Leonard Vocals
Technical Credits
Jeff Beck Arranger, Producer
David Torn Contributor
Apollo 440 Producer, Engineer
David Coleman Art Direction
David Daoud Coleman Art Direction
Dean Garcia Producer, Engineer
John Hudson Engineer
Will Malone Orchestral Arrangements
Andy Wright Arranger, Producer, Engineer
4:40 Producer, Engineer
Jamie Maher Engineer
James Brown Engineer
Dave Bloor Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Guitarist of the Ages

    Jeff Beck just keeps going strong. In my opinion, the "Best Gutarist", a virtual magician among a long list guitar leaders(but on the very short list of all time greats)ie.Alvin Lee, Jimi, Eric. Truth,Beck Ola,BBA and work with Jan Hammer are notable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jeff is Jeff

    If your a Jeff Beck fan, reviews should mean "0" to you. Jeff Beck is and always will be one of the top "3" musicians of all time. This CD should be added to the collection of Jeff Beck material you already have. I have them all and have never been dissapointed. Buy it and enjoy a true professional.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    21st Century Guitar from a Virtuoso

    Jeff Beck is a consummate artist. His unique tone, revolutionary approach to his instrument and musical vision have led him to utilize the world of "electronica" as a backdrop for his invention. While this may be met with chagrin from those who are waiting for another Truth, or Blow By Blow, much like Miles Davis, Jeff Beck at age 60 is a restless artist in pursuit of his craft not to be limited by his past. The guitar work on this album is often astounding, and the tunes are quite good. Of the trio of electronica albums Beck has made beginning with 1999's Who Else and continuong with You Had it Coming in 2001, Beck seams most comfortable on this one. Get this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    no fossils here

    You want nostalgia, listen to the Beach Boys...name me another 59 year old who is trying to sound as fresh as this album...sorry this doesn't fit into "classic rock" or any other classification and won't get any radio airplay but at the end of the day, even though several cuts don't work, and there is no "Good Bye Pork Pie Hat" guitar freak out, it is still a new approach to guitar music ca. 2003. What more can you ask from an artist?

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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