Wired [Remastered]

Wired [Remastered]

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by Jeff Beck
     
 

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Released in 1976, Jeff Beck's Wired contains some of the best jazz-rock fusion of the period. Wired is generally more muscular, albeit less-unique than its predecessor, Blow by Blow. Joining keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Richard Bailey, and producer George Martin from the Blow by Blow sessions are drummer Narada Michael Walden, bassist

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Released in 1976, Jeff Beck's Wired contains some of the best jazz-rock fusion of the period. Wired is generally more muscular, albeit less-unique than its predecessor, Blow by Blow. Joining keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Richard Bailey, and producer George Martin from the Blow by Blow sessions are drummer Narada Michael Walden, bassist Wilbur Bascomb, and keyboardist Jan Hammer. Beck contributed no original material to Wired, instead relying on the considerable talents of his supporting cast. Perhaps this explains why Wired is not as cohesive as Blow by Blow, seemingly more assembled from component parts. Walden's powerful drumming propels much of Wired, particularly Middleton's explosive opener, "Led Boots," where Beck erupts into a stunning solo of volcanic intensity. Walden also contributes four compositions, including the funk-infused "Come Dancing," which adds an unnamed horn section. While Walden's "Sophie" is overly long and marred by Hammer's arena rock clichés, his "Play With Me" is spirited and Hammer's soloing more melodic. Acoustic guitar and piano predominate the closing ballad, "Love Is Green"; Beck's electric solo gracefully massages the quiet timbres. Wired is well balanced by looser, riff-oriented material and Walden's more intricate compositions. Walden and Hammer give Wired a '70s-era jazz-rock flavor that is indicative of their work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Bascomb's throw-down, "Head for Backstage Pass," finds Bailey skillfully navigating the mixed meters while Beck counters with a dazzling, gritty solo. Hammer's "Blue Wind" features an infectious riff over which Beck and Hammer trade heated salvos. As good as "Blue Wind" is, it would have benefited from the Walden/Bascomb rhythm section and a horn arrangement by Martin. One of Wired's finest tracks is an arrangement of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat." Beck's playing is particularly alluring: cleanly ringing tones, weeping bends, and sculpted feedback form a resonant palette. Bailey and Middleton lend supple support. Within a two-year span, the twin towers Blow by Blow and Wired set a standard for instrumental rock that even Beck has found difficult to match. On Wired, with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock's most compelling guitarists is in top form.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Sony Japan
UPC:
4571191050564
catalogNumber:
589
Rank:
143665

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Beck   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Jan Hammer   Synthesizer,Drums
Ed Greene   Drums
Narada Michael Walden   Piano,Drums
Max Middleton   Keyboards,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass
Ed Green   Drums
Richard Bailey   Drums

Technical Credits

Bruce Dickinson   Reissue Producer
Jan Hammer   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Remixing
George Martin   Producer
John Arrias   Engineer
Peter Henderson   Engineer
Dennis MacKay   Engineer
John Berg   Cover Design
Dennis McCay   Engineer
John Mills   Engineer
Lock Huey   Cover Photo
John H.R. Mills   Engineer
Pete Henderson   Engineer
Robert Biro   Cover Design,Back Cover
Andi Clark   Composer

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Wired [Remastered] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Jimmynyehowell More than 1 year ago
If you are reading this, you are probably aware of the reputation and talent of the formidable Jeff Beck. Wired was part of his mid-seventies excursion into what at the time was fusion, a powerful stepchild of jazz, funk, and pyrotechnical rock. Emphasizing hot rhythms on drums, high stepping bass, and wicked keyboards, Beck rides across the top of the sound with his guitar that almost speaks in tongues. Beautiful, moving, eloquent, and concise, this is a terrific and necessary work from a guitarist so brimming with talent that he tried to cover every musical form in the rocklike universe. Put this on your wish list along with Blow by Blow, his previous album and you are set. The only disappointment to this package is the lack of any bonus tracks. False starts, rough tracks, or alternate takes that might provide a peek into the process that resulted in this great work would have been welcome.
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