Jeff Beck, Flash (1985)
It’s the worst Jeff Beck album – I’m pretty sure of it – but I had probably the opposite reaction to it when compared with another album from the same year by a guitar hero struggling to be relevant in the 1980s – that being Eric Clapton’s Behind The Sun, which featured on The Vinyl Countdown just the other day. You see I bought Flash as a young, eager Jeff Beck fan and instantly hated it. Sure it was produced by Nile Rodgers and there was that duet with Rod Stewart but it was a nothing-album. With time I’ve grown to enjoy it more – it’s still way down there in terms of Jeff Beck albums but there’s something about Beck being out of his depth and offering these 1980s pop-rock songs. He’s all but disowned it but it was clearly a period he had to work through, I see it as the catalyst for where his career is at now – a final kiss-off to him as the guitarist-sidekick that needed to have vocalists to play off. He’s been soaring ever since. But if they were to have used these songs in a John Carpenter film from the time then they’d be perfect. And there’s some kitsch value about playing the record – as opposed to when I owned the tape and later the CD. There’s something fairly inexplicable at play but music such as this seems thoroughly acceptable when the LP is spinning. It’s allowed. On CD, Mp3 etc it just seems plain wrong.
Sample Track: Ambitious
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