Musical palate cleanser, a giant passes edition


Jeff Beck, one of the most skilled, admired and influential guitarists in rock history, died on Tuesday at a hospital near his home at Riverhall, a rural estate in southern England. He was 78.

The cause was bacterial meningitis, Melissa Dragich, his publicist, said.

Skilled and influential is right.

Along the way, Mr. Beck helped either pioneer or amplify important technical innovations on his instrument. He elaborated the use of distortion and feedback effects, earlier explored by Pete Townshend; intensified the effect of bending notes on the guitar; and widened the range of expression that could be coaxed from devices attached to the guitar like the whammy bar.

Drawing on such techniques, Mr. Beck could weaponize his strings to hit like a stun gun or caress them to express what felt like a kiss. His work had humor, too, with licks that could cackle and leads that could tease.

And two great quotes from the article that sum up the man:

“Everybody respects Jeff,” Mr. Page said in a 2018 documentary titled “Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story.” “He’s an extraordinary musician. He’s having a conversation with you when he’s playing.”

“I’ve never made the big time, mercifully,” Mr. Beck told Rolling Stone in 2018. “When you look around and see who has made it huge, it’s a really rotten place to be.”

So many great songs, but I’ll pick this one, because its melancholic tone seems appropriate.

Also, this.

Rest in peace, brother.



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11 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, a giant passes edition

  1. Bobby T

    I was hooked the first time I heard Over, Under, Sideways, Down.


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  2. Sunny beach…lost another legend, always too soon…R.I.P

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  3. Terry McCullers

    Saw Jeff a few years back. Man that dude was way way ahead of the times with his guitar. RIP

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  4. Opelikadawg

    I wish I could go back in time and see him and Jimmy Page play with The Yardbirds.

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  5. Russ

    Yeah, this one sucks. I have always been a Jeff Beck fan, back to his Yardbird days. The man was a maestro.


  6. Roswell Dawg

    Saw his band from Truth in March 1969 at the Alexandria Roller Rink, in Alexandria VA. Band included Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Nicky Hopkins and Mickey Waller. Jethro Tull opened for them. Blew my freaking mind.

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  7. WON

    A friend of mine in Louisiana used to arrange music for a local high school band, and he did an arrangement of Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, which the band director used.


  8. Here’s a favorite from the Jeff Beck Group – Rod on vocals (obviously).

    You can see the influence on Led Zep.


  9. My recommendation is “Going Down”: