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Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop With Terry Bozzio & Tony Hymas

Jeff Beck with Terry Bozzio & Tony Hymas

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Album Review

Guitar Shop represents guitar hero Jeff Beck's return to the scene following his 1985 pop/rock-based recording, Flash; an outing that featured his one time lead vocalist, Rod Stewart. Essentially, this 1989 release provides Beck's ardent admirers with a power-packed outing, brimming with memorable melodies, drummer Terry Bozzio's often blistering rock drumming, and keyboardist Tony Hymas' effective synth textures. Here, Beck surges onward in altogether stunning fashion via his quirky lead lines, sweet-tempered slide guitar work, disfigured extended notes and deterministic mode of execution. With "Behind the Veil," the band delves into a reggae groove, featuring Beck's lower register thematic statements and well-placed notes. Otherwise, the ensemble tackles the blues and hard rock motifs amid Beck's crunching chord clusters, animated lines, and soaring heavenward soloing on the lovely and somewhat ethereal ballad titled "Two Rivers." Simply put, this is a wonderfully produced effort and a significant entry into the artist's extensive recorded legacy.

Customer Reviews

amazing

If your a guitarist, and you dont own this,shame on you! If your not,then buy "Where were you" and youll want to learn!! buy the rest of the album for further inspiration. I love Gilmour, Pagey & Slash, but for shear emotional value of a single musical note, jeff Beck aces it for me!!

Jeff Beck : They broke the Mould.....

Jeff Beck, more than ably supported by Hymas and Bozzio, produces a display of guitar skills and techniques here that are almost other-worldly. Anyone who claims to be unmoved by "Stand On It " frankly has no rock guitar in their soul. Reminiscent of the way that emotions were wrenched out of you by Jimi Hendrix's superlative skills Jeff uses every trick to put fire in your belly one minute and soothe the savage breast the next.
I don't think electric guitar gets much better than this.

Excellent playing, but doesn't do it for me

I don't agree with all the previous reveiwers remarks - its excellent, very original well-executed playing, very Jeff Beck, but I personally found myself unmoved. Maybe I should give it more time. Its all a bit abstract for me, I'm afraid and can think of guitarists who convey emotion simply by plugging a guitar into an amplifier, without the need for extreme volume and gain. Larry Carlton comes to mind and I know its not comparing like for like, but is a classic case of each to their own. And I am a guitarist, by the way, with 30 years playing experience - its only 'shame on you' if you just play rock...the guitar is alot more than just that!

Biography

Born: 24 June 1944 in Wallington, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While he was as innovative as Jimmy Page, as tasteful as Eric Clapton, and nearly as visionary as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck never achieved the same commercial success as any of those contemporaries, primarily because of the haphazard way he approached his career. After Rod Stewart left the Jeff Beck Group in 1971, Beck never worked with a charismatic lead singer who could have helped sell his music to a wide audience. Furthermore, he was simply too idiosyncratic, moving from heavy metal to jazz fusion...
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