Musical palate cleanser: Guitar Hero

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but yesterday’s Zombies reference seems to have struck a chord (see what I did there?) with some of you, so here goes.

Jeff Beck is sort of the forgotten guitar god of the sixties.  That’s a shame, because he hasn’t lost a step, as you’re about to hear.  Beck’s been out on tour with his “Rock and Roll Party” show honoring the late, great Les Paul.  It’s a mix of Paul’s music and rockabilly and it’s damned good.  Good enough that you get to sample three clips.

Start with this version of “Sitting On Top Of The World”, sung by Imelda May.  And listen to Beck when he kicks in at about the 0:45 mark.

Then listen to what the two of them do with this remake of “(Remember) Walking In The Sand”.

Finally, Beck and Brian Setzer take on some Eddie Cochran.

Tasty, tasty stuff.

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16 responses to “Musical palate cleanser: Guitar Hero

  1. The Original Cynical in Athens

    So refreshing to see a hipster girl without tattoos.

    That 2nd song is badass. Thanks for the links.

  2. Mike

    Very, very nice. Love the mix between rock and roll and big band

  3. Prov

    Pretty cool that Beck is reviving the Les and Mary sound. They are a woefully underappreciated act; especially by my generation (under 40).

  4. Chuck

    Not sure I’d call Imelda May ‘hipster’ – more retro, really, and tats would be inconsistent with her act. Still, she has a set of pipes, look and attitude that stirs the nether regions, iykwim. :)

  5. After a bit of gin, a buddy of mine and I nearly had to take it outside when I forced him to confront that Beck had beaten Zeppelin to the punch with Truth and Beck-o-la (and that Rod Stewart and the Faces might warrant some of the attention he’d been giving the Stones).

    I know he’s suffered a few self-inflicted career wounds by being such a control freak, but Beck’s high points are as high as anyone’s. A truly exceptional player.

    Thanks for posting this. Been wondering what he was up to lately.

  6. DavetheDawg

    I’m 25% cooler just for listening to this.

  7. Russ

    Jeff Beck (as opposed to “Beck”) has always been a guitar god. I think he chose early on to go the instrumentalist route, which is cool, but much less financially lucrative.

    I’ve seen him on the telly at Ronnie Scott’s place. The young lady he has playing bass with him is pretty amazing, too.

  8. NRBQ

    Saw him at Chastain last summer (with that ungodly lady bass player formerly with Prince).

    He was DEVASTATING (and I’ve seen most of the greats).

    Link to poor video of a tune called Big Block that brings Beck-Ola back to mind:

  9. Mohammar

    My old school Beck warning alert for incoming air-to-surface

  10. Huck

    Everybody Please keep it coming. This is why we have computers!

  11. diving duck

    I’m a college student who really got into the classic rock n roll scene. Filled my ipod with Page, Clapton, Alman, and Hendrix supergroups. The only thing I know about Beck is he is well respected among the other rockstars and he was in the Yardbirds for a minute. While I don’t doubt his talent, he didn’t create anything that would stand the test of time.