The Jeff Beck Group, Beck-Ola (1969)
So I first heard Plynth and Rice Pudding via a Jeff Beck tape, a compilation. I bought into Jeff Beck as part of the myth around the three great British guitarists that all played in The Yardbirds. I was an Eric Clapton fan first, and then got onto Beck and Page and the one that’s stayed with me longest – meant the most – is Beck. He’s the guy that is still searching, still seeking out a sound, still trying, and still finding things. His exploratory voice – and that way he has of being the lead voice, a singer through the guitar, is constantly inspiring. He’s one of the few from his era that has kept up with modern times guitar-wise. And I’ll always find something new in his playing – and always the great stuff from the past sits there ready for re-examination too. The Jeff Beck Group stuff – you listen to these early records now and wonder why a bigger deal wasn’t made. Well, even if you don’t, there’s still plenty of magic here. So good.
Sample Track: Spanish Boots
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