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Nov
06

Jeff Beck “Blow by Blow”

Why would a guy in the Yardbirds live until 1975 and make a record of SMOOTH JAZZ? Did Jimmy Page drive him that crazy? I guess it must have been hard watching those assholes in Led Zeppelin put out like five awesome records by this time. Well, anyway, at least it’s better than BECK. Here’s the good thing: the back cover photo is very cool, he looks good. Look at the KINK in the guitar cord! Then look at the cover illustration, which copies the back cover photo exactly, though somewhat expressionistically. There is NO kink in the guitar cord. That says EVERYTHING.

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4 Responses to “Jeff Beck “Blow by Blow””


  1. November 14, 2006 at 11:45 am

    I’m pretty sure my dad has this record. I think I probably listened to it a couple times, or at least overheard him play it. I never got into his solo stuff at all, and I”m not really sure what exactly he contributed to the Yardbirds, though I do like the Yardbirds a lot. I’m pretty certain he intentionally invented the entire genre of wanky guitar solo. He also is among that special club of british rock stars with bad hair, which also includes the likes of Rod Stewart, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, et al.

  2. November 16, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    They use lemon juice in their hair– that’s how they do it!
    Jeff Beck was Keith Busch’s favorite guitarist of all time. I could never quite figure out what it was he liked about him so much, I think something rather subtle.
    Well, anyway, Jeff Beck has best part in the movie BLOW UP, in the scene where the Yardbirds are playing, Jimmy Page is doing an insane guitar part, but Jeff Beck’s amp is shorting out, and he starts slamming his guitar into it and then just smashes his guitar. Keith implied that that had something to do with Jeff going crazy because Jimmy was better, or maybe he was just faster. Or maybe it was more coke. But it would have been more poetic if Jeff Beck became a monk or somthing, rather than doing this album of jazz-rock FUSION.

  3. November 17, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    Yeah, I always heard about him doing that in that scene in Blow Up, it was kind of legendary. When I finally saw it, it wasn’t nearly as dramatic as you’d imagine. It kind of just makes him look like a pathetic twat being all overly pissed off at his crappy equipment instead of actually doing something cool like harnessing the sound of the feedback and making his guitar sound cool and smashing things because he’s swept away in the moment and things are sounding amazing – or something. Instead he looks like a spoiled brat.

  4. November 21, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    I think that is how Antonioni intended it, for him to be spoiled and self-involved and the fans to be riduculous and the photographer to not really give a shit about any of it. So Jeff Beck is essentially playing an actor here– I’m not sure he was really a guitar smasher at all. I’m kind of wondering now what Jeff Beck did between the Yardbirds and this album, and between this album and now. I have no idea where to find out any of that information. Oh, yeah, the world wide web.


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