by Jeff Beck


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/1998
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646542422
catalogNumber: 65424

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Beck   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Arthur Baker   Drums
Beck, Bogert & Appice   Track Performer
Jimmy Page   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Rod Stewart   Vocals,Track Performer
Ronnie Wood   Bass
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   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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