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Wired

Jeff Beck

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For the follow-up to 1975’s landmark Blow By Blow, Jeff Beck teamed up with fusion keyboardist Jan Hammer to tackle a diverse selection of material. Overseen by Beatles studio guru George Martin, Wired exists at a crossroads of ‘70s funk, fusion, and instrumental rock. In some moments it appeals to fans of Weather Report; in others Funkadelic or Stevie Wonder. One thing is certain: Hammer’s prior experience playing against John McLaughlin in Mahavishnu Orchestra made him a perfect match for Beck’s mercurial expertise. Their chemistry really comes out in the tightly interwoven funk of “Led Boots” and “Blue Wind,” but Hammer also knows when to lay back and let Beck’s lyrical side take center stage. The album ends with a stripped-down, piano-backed ballad entitled “Love Is Green,” but a bluesy, late-night reading of Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” is the album’s crown jewel.

Customer Reviews

Classic Rock Guitar Fusion

Funk. Jazz. Soul. Rock. And a look at the guitar instrumentation of the future. A must for all guitar players. An album you can study. His control of subtle amp feedback in select spots is masterful, bringing to mind Hendrix' feedback control during his live 'Machine Gun' at Fillmore East. Beck in the seventies was a Jazz Fusion pioneer of guitar. It's no wonder the great fusion bassist Stanley Clarke named a song for Beck on one of his albums. What's truly amazing about Jeff Beck is his continued output will into this millennium. His last 3 albums of electronica infused rock are excellent. 'Wired' is a great glimpse of a passionate musician having a blast with his instrument.

Incredible

This album has some of the best guitar work that I have ever heard in my life. Although Beck never achieved the household name fame of his colleagues and fellow Yardbird era friends such as Clapton and Paige, he is still just as talented if not even more. You are not a fan of classic rock or guitar in general if you have not heard Jeff Beck or at least heard of him.

DRUMS TOO!!

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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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