Beck's Sea Change album was a huge departure for him, and is by far, my favorite. This live version of Round The Bend (backed by the Flaming Lips) is probably my favorite track from the album -- abd I think, one of his best songs.
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Beck is 39 years old today. "Pay No Mind" didn't get the kind of radio ubiquity that "Loser" did, but since when did commercial radio account for taste?
Post your favorite slacker-rock tunes in the comments. This one's mine.
I once heard someone say that Janet Jackson was a guilty pleasure. If I ever have to feel guilty about liking this song, someone smack me in the face and tell me to get it together, because this song slays.
Rhythm Nation 1814 was a hugely successful album about social injustice that A&M Records didn't want Janet Jackson to make. She and her production/writing team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis knew better -- the album has sold over 12 million copies and consistently makes lists of the Top 100 albums of all time. The title track is without a doubt the heaviest hit of 1989, and it never once got a spin on Headbangers Ball.
Particularly unique about this song is the fact that it's just one chord (E). There's not a single chord change in this song, which makes its wealth of emotion and energy particularly stunning. The only other one-chorders I can think of are Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue," Placebo's "Pure Morning," Beck's "Loser," and "Love You To" by the Beatles. Speak up, musos! What am I missing?
One of the most surreal days of my life was a train ride I took from Tokyo to Osaka with Jeff Beck in the seat behind me, Carlos Santana in the seat in front of me, and Chrissie Hynde in the seat across the aisle from me. Although Jeff Beck is a hero, I was completely starstuck by Chrissie Hynde to the point where I could hardly look her way. Anyway, here's a classic from the Pretenders. Who's your favorite rocker chick?
I always like it when Beck showcases his more sensitive 'songwritery' side, and this song ranks up there in the pantheon of great break up songs. What's your favorite break-up song/record?
C&L's Late Night Music Club with Stevie Ray Vaughan
The first and only time I saw Stevie play live was back in '90, when he was touring with Jeff Beck. I specifically went to see Beck because I had been a fan of his since the '70's. That night Jeff opened with his power trio (which included Bozzio and Hyams) and it was incredible. I was spent emotionally after finally seeing the man who gave us "Blow by Blow."
After an intermission-out came Stevie Ray Vaughn. I looked at my friend and we both agreed to just stay for a few songs so we could beat the traffic out in Oakland. Well, after one tune of his screaming guitar that almost knocked me, my friend and Stevie's wall of speakers down; I was a fan for life.
"Little Wing" appeared on his Greatest Hits record.
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C&L's Late Night Music Club with Tommy Bolin and Billy Cobham
I couldn't wait to buy Billy Cobham’s record called "Spectrum," when it was released back in '73. Billy was the dynamic drummer from the "Mahavishnu Orchestra," at the time and he had much love in the Rock community. The sample for tonight is the song called "Stratus."
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If I'm not mistaken, Jeff Beck cited this album as his main influence for "Blow by Blow." I’d never heard of Tommy Bolin before this record and I had always wondered why Cobham chose him. Read Tommy’s website for the history behind this alliance. It's fascinating and this guitar solo ranks with some of the best ever recorded. Sklar's bass line ain't bad either and was "sampled by Massive Attack for "Safe" from their hit 1991 album Blue Lines."
Check out this lineup:
Billy Cobham: drums, percussion
Tommy Bolin: guitar
Jan Hammer: piano, synthesizer
Lee Sklar: bass
Ron Carter: acoustic bass
Jimmy Owens: flugelhorn
Joe Farrell: flute, saxophones
Ray Barretto: congas
John Tropea: guitar (on "Le Lis")
I played a couple of gigs with Glenn Hughes (the former singer /bass player of Deep Purple) and Ronnie Montrose, a few years ago and it was at the "NAMM" show in Anaheim that I met Tommy's brother. He shared with me some of his favorite memories of his late brother and I told him how much Tommy influenced my playing even though I'm a sax player. I'm a rocker at heart. I hope you enjoy.
Here's the link again to purchase this great record...