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Jeff Beck’s 1969 sophomore album doesn’t have the cataclysmic impact of his debut, but Beck-Ola is nonetheless a pinnacle of heavy British blues rock. Backed by a superlative band — Ronnie Wood on bass, Tony Newman on drums, and Rod Stewart on vocals — Beck unleashes a lethal guitar attack. He makes his axe groan, cry, scream, and belch. Save for Jimi Hendrix, no guitarist of the era was as inspired by electricity and volume. Rather than play it straight, the band gives Beck plenty of sweaty, tumultuous groove. The young Stewart was probably the only vocalist of the time that could measure up to Beck’s overwhelming personality, and he delivers fearless performances throughout the record. The interpretations of Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up” and “Jailhouse Rock” are gloriously outrageous. While Led Zeppelin are now remembered as the unrivaled kings of heavy blues rock, the two extended jams on Beck-Ola —“Ride Pudding” and “Sweet Little Angel”— are as accomplished and ferocious as anything on the first two Zeppelin albums.

Customer Reviews

The Great Old Days

I was thirteen years old in May, 1969 when I went with my older brothers to the Psychedelic Supermarket on Landsdowne Street behind Fenway Park in Boston to see Alvin Lee. A band nobody knew "opened" for Lee. It was Beck, Stewart, Hopkins, et al, and they played the Beck-Ola album through, start to finish. When they were done, they said "that's all we have". We didn't let them leave the stage. They played the album again. We didn't wait around to see Alvin Lee. One of the best rock albums ever made. Period.

Beck-Ola (Cosa Nostra)

Just a glorious mess. This is a supergroup that no one quite noticed: Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Nicky Hopkins, Mick Waller. "Beck-Ola" is one of the best party records ever, with some of Beck's best picking, and Stewart singing rock'n'roll balls to the wall.

Pretty fun - Woody!

Just mastered my ancient vinyl pressing of this to CD. Good stuff. Ron Wood rages on bass!


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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