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Emotion & Commotion

Jeff Beck

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Jeff Beck may be the most commercially under-appreciated guitarist of his generation. While his fellow guitarists in the Yardbirds, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, both reaped the rewards of FM radio and SRO arena tours, Beck has often played the sideman to great artists. Yet, there isn’t a guitarist alive who doesn’t appreciate Beck’s incredible tone, his immaculate sense of timing and his unpredictable solos that always add an adventurous drama to whatever he touches. 2003’s Jeff toyed with electronica, but 2010’s Emotion & Commotion shifts back towards the blues, jazz, rock and Beck’s own unpredictable brand of cover material. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” and Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow” are the better known tunes given the Beck treatment. Joss Stone adds vocals to “Spell” and her co-write on “There’s No Other Me.” Producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn make this a BIG sounding album, but it all comes down to Beck’s impeccable guitar lyricism, as warm and exciting as it gets.

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Nothing like it anywhere

I've bought many dozens of albums on itunes, and I've never been motivated to actually review an album. But I've been listening to Emotion and Commotion for a week on NPR, and it's just mesmerizing. The hooks are modern and beautiful (though still far more jazz fusion than rock, and pretty mellow overall, don't expect a burner), and the interaction with the orchestra fits the tone of Beck's guitar perfectly, as he's one of the few players who really could replace a violin, given his unique technique and vibrato. After decades of playing, Jeff Beck is arguably a better guitarist today than in his so-called "prime". More unique guitar work than anything else you will hear out of other current players (Derek Trucks is one of the few others whose guitar playing itself is instantly recognizable, but there aren't many). That's why Jeff Beck is always in the discussion for best rock guitarist in history. Don't be surprised to see this album up for a Grammy award, and if it wins it will deserve it.

Some of the best work he has done in over 40 years! A master guitarist!

Jeff Beck breaks to mold again by playing a variety of songs ranging from classical to rock. His guitar literally sounds like a singing voice. He just keeps getting better as the years go by which is not typical for a guitarist who is almost 66 years old now. Saw Beck and Clapton at Madison Square Garden and although Clapton is still great, he is no longer in the same league as Jeff Beck. Buy this CD! You won't be dissapointed. His guitar work is as clean as ever and always distinctive in every way. The 64 piece orchestra also adds something really special as well.

Jeff Beck - All Bow Down!

Back when Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan)came out, I had to know. Who is that guitar player? I found out it was Jeff Beck. Who? You know. The guy who replaced Eric in the Yardbirds. This guy can coax sounds out of a Strat that most people must think is a new effects pedal. Where do I get it? You don't. Over the years he has never let me down on any of his "albums." From "People Get Ready" to "Freeway Jam" to "Beck's Bolero" to "A Day in the Life." My personal favorite is "Beck, Bogart and Appice." God Bless you Jeff. I saw Jeff recently with his superb backing band. His show was so good I traveled to the next venue to see it again. Loved Tal. But Jeff mesmerized the audience with his brilliant guitar playing. Also, great job in recruiting some great singers with soul. This is another great Jeff Beck album. Get it. If you get it.

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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Emotion & Commotion, Jeff Beck
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Apr 09, 2010

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