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Jeff Beck With the Jan Hammer Group Live

Jeff Beck with The Jan Hammer Group

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This 1977 live document captures Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer on tour together in support of the previous year’s collaboration, Wired. Even as he got deeper into jazz fusion, Beck couldn’t completely let go of his R&B dreams, and “Earth (Still Our Only Home)” and “Full Moon Boogie” are Stevie Wonder-esque romps that feature vocals from drummer Tony Smith and mononymous synth player Freeman. But the band’s primary duty is providing a roiling groove over which Beck allows his instrument to squeal and careen, as on “Freeway Jam.” On the more understated side of things, “She’s a Woman” is a great example of Beck’s ability to “sing” through his guitar. Because this is essentially a prog-rock concert album from 1977, the most definitive track is “Darkness/Earth In Search of a Sun.” Admittedly, it’s indulgent, and even a bit silly, but there’s really nothing more fun than hearing Beck and Hammer use sound effects to build the song from lonely astral soundtrack into explosive funk eruption.

Customer Reviews

true creativity

Listening to the first track you can really hear how advanced their musical explorations were. You must ask yourself, "Are they car horns or guitar/moog synth's?" You listen and decide. Rock/fusion at its best... Music like this is hard to find. To many people are only satisfied witht the popular songs. We need more music like Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer can create. I aslo recommend Billy Cobhams "spectrum" cd for more of the twisted sounds that are ready for you to enjoy.

A Ground Breaking Album

I bought this in 1977 on vinyl and still believe it is one of the best live albums ever recorded, this was a meld of blues, rock and salsa-synthesiser. The one thing I always take away from this album is hearing the fun they had playing on stage together. Free flowing jams that were so tight and controlled that you wondered if they were written out note for note. Though Jeff Beck was a household name Jan Hammer was a somewhat unknown, but this album certainly helped him move onto bigger things including the Miami Vice soundtrack. Though I never owned an 8-track player, this was an album made for cruising in your Pontiac with the windows down and the music blasting and on hot summer day.

pop music gets low-blowed with this Album.

This is not just another rock album, with a few screaming guitar solos, catchy melodies and thats it. This is very technical, advanced music. Jeff Beck is playing with the legendary Jan Hammer, a Berklee grad and a phenom on keyboards. The grooves, the speed, the effects, the chords, they all come together to wow your ear and mind. 7 tracks of awesomeness, that come to an amazing climax in Scatterbrain. This album is definatley worth a few of your hard earned clams. you will not be regretful. Maybe this will serve as a bridge for some into the world of jazz fusion.

Biography

Born: June 24, 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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