Jeff Beck was one of my very early guitar heroes. I was maybe 13 years old when I heard the Yardbirds play "Heart Full of Soul" on the radio. I was blown away by the sound Beck got. He was getting sounds that nobody else was getting in those days.
He never got the kind of recognition from the general public like Page and Clapton did. He went his own direction, did his own thing, and didn't take crap from anybody.
Yeah, he was 78 years old, but he was in exceptionally good shape and probably could have gone on for another few years. Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli played until he was 90 and I think Les Paul did also and they weren't as in good shape as Jeff beck was.
Anyway, sad to see him go. He influenced and inspired a lot of guitarists.
There's a difference between having 30 years of experience and having 1 year of experience 30 times.
I'm very saddened to hear of his passing. "Blow By Blow" and "Wired" were two albums I listened to endlessly when I was a teen. "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" is one of the most beautiful guitar instrumentals I've heard to this day, and his cover of Mingus's "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" is absolutely astounding.
Post by grampalerxst on Jan 13, 2023 11:40:11 GMT -6
Sad news for sure. Such a unique voice on the instrument. Here's one of my favorite things he's done. So tasty. According to Tim Pierce, who was the other guitarist for the session, Jeff just showed up in town without a guitar or amp. Bought two guitars at a local shop, had them delivered to the studio, showed up, unboxed them, and started playing. Don't remember what Tim said he did for an amp.