What does it sound like?:
In 2016, Jeff Beck celebrated fifty years as one of the world’s most revered guitarists, and where better to do it than at the Hollywood Bowl. This two cd set captures Beck and a handful of special guests running through a selection of old favourites, plus a few tracks from his latest album, the underrated Loudhailer. Intriguing though the newer songs are, the audience is really here for some old, and Beck duly obliges with Heart Full of Soul and For Your Love, swiftly followed by Beck’s Bolero and Rice Pudding. The highlight of the show for me though is the five songs performed with old sparring partner Jan Hammer, and then going straight into Big Block. Beck shows he really is peerless with his effortless playing in this segment of the show – breathtaking stuff indeed!
The second half of the show is heavy on the special guests. Buddy Guy sits in on Let Me Love You, while ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons performs Rough Boy, a rather surprising choice from their repertoire for me. We then get a rather overexcited Steven Tyler on Train Kept A’Rollin’ and Shape Of Things, before the now usual closing take on A Day In The Life. The curtain finally falls after a spirited all-star version of Purple Rain.
What does it all *mean*?
What better way to celebrate your legacy over the last five decades than with a career retrospective set like this – a must for Beck fans, just a slight shame from a personal viewpoint that there was no room for any Beck, Bogart & Appice material.
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A history lesson in the art of sublime guitar playing.
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