Jeff Beck, Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop (1989)
Like almost any “guitar” album from the mid/late 80s (and into the 90s) this is pretty hard to listen to these days without acknowledging that what you’re really doing is clipping the nostalgia ticket. That said, I’m a Jeff Beck fan – I’ll listen to anything (and everything) he does. He doesn’t hit it out of the park every time but I like that he tries to – tries to do something beyond laurel-resting. Most of his contemporaries (I’m not sure he really has peers) had hits to prop them up; they got lazy. Not for Beck. He’s forever searching for ways to translate the sound in his head and is at his best when he’s using the guitar as a lead voice. I bought this on tape at the time it was released, a Jeff Beck fanatic then and there. I used to love Terry Bozzio’s playing at the time too and would listen to this as much for what he did. I find him pretty insufferable these days. You move on even if nostalgia ankle-taps you from time to time. Guitar Shop would always be a worthy vinyl addition for the cover artwork at any rate.
Sample Track: Savoy
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