Jeff Beck: Performing This Week - Live At Ronnie Scott'sClosed Captioning
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About the Movie
Jeff Beck's series of concerts at the renound Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London's Soho became the must have ticket of the year with a packed audience every night of the fans and the famous filling the intimate venue. With a set-list that features classic tracks from across his career, an absolutely stunning backing band and special guest appearances by Joss Stone, Imogen Heap and Eric Clapton. This video captures for the time the unique experience of Jeff Beck live in concert.
Disclaimer: Always a Jeff Beck fan. Here's the thing: When you take chances like Beck does during his live performances, they don't always work. Most often they do in his case, but not always. In this case, he bats a thousand! How nice to have a band like this one -- and with guests like the unforgettable Imogen Heap, it's just one pleasant surprise after another.
For the most part this set is well suited to the venue. The band evidently understood that coming in. Witness the interview in the extras where Beck describes the problems of shoehorning an arena infrastructure into a 250-seat club. All the advance work to right-size the sound paid huge dividends, allowing -- even daring -- the listener to enjoy the same intimacy with each instrument usually reserved for a more polished studio release.
My only gripe with this set is really just a personal issue I have with the current arrangement of Scatterbrain, which was one of my favorite cuts from Blow by Blow. It's his song and so his choice, but I do not care for the Mahavishnu-ish manic tempo, even though Beck implies that was the original intent for the song. I still like it better the old way.
The camera work is generally pretty good. Once in awhile the edit shows the "wrong" view but not often. Most of the time, the camera is right where I would have liked my eyes to be if I were there. The audience shots are just right. There is one cutaway to someone in the audience reacting to a Beckism that was priceless.
This is the performance and setting that was missing from the Beck catalog. Doing something like an Unplugged would have been all wrong. And kudos to JB for giving us an almost behind the scenes look at his magic. I loved the way Vinnie put it in the interview. Addressing the temptation for the lesser guitarist to think, Oh that's how he does it...I could do that, he explained that that is analogous watching Nureyev and then throwing your hips out trying. Hahaha.
In a league of his own.
I am not saying Jeff Beck is the best electric guitar player there is. I am just saying there is no one better. Tal Willkenfeld is just a terrific bass player. "Rollin' and Tumblin'" with Imogene Heap is the highlight for me.
Jeff Beck delivers a killer performance at Ronnie Scotts in London. I watch this concert alot and it keeps getting better everytime. Jeff's band is great too. However Beck is awesome on this. You need this if your a fan of great guitar playing.