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Jeff Beck|Beck-Ola

Beck-Ola

Jeff Beck

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When it was originally released in June 1969, Beck-Ola, the Jeff Beck Group's second album, featured a famous sleeve note on its back cover: "Today, with all the hard competition in the music business, it's almost impossible to come up with anything totally original. So we haven't. However, this LP was made with the accent on heavy music. So sit back and listen and try and decide if you can find a small place in your heads for it." Beck was reacting to the success of peers and competitors like Cream and Led Zeppelin here, bands that had been all over the charts with a hard rock sound soon to be dubbed heavy metal, and indeed, his sound employs much the same brand of "heavy music" as theirs, with deliberate rhythms anchoring the beat, over which the guitar solos fiercely and the lead singer emotes. But he was also preparing listeners for the weakness of the material on an album that sounds somewhat thrown together. Two songs are rehauls of Elvis Presley standards ("All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock") and one is an instrumental interlude contributed by pianist Nicky Hopkins, promoted from sideman to group member, with the rest being band-written songs that basically serve as platforms for Beck's improvisations. But that doesn't detract from the album's overall quality, due both to the guitar work and the distinctive vocals of Rod Stewart, and Beck-Ola easily could have been the album to establish the Jeff Beck Group as the equal of the other heavy bands of the day. Unfortunately, a series of misfortunes occurred. Beck canceled out of a scheduled appearance at Woodstock; he was in a car accident that sidelined him for over a year, and Stewart and bass player Ron Wood decamped to join Faces, breaking up the group. Nevertheless, Beck-Ola stands as a prime example of late-'60s British blues-rock and one of Beck's best records.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
All Shook Up (2004 Remaster)
Jeff Beck Group
00:04:53

Nicky Hopkins, Organ, Piano - Elvis Presley, Writer - Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, Guitar, Backing Vocals, MainArtist - Otis Blackwell, Writer - ROD STEWART, Lead Vocals - Tony Newman, Drums - Ronnie Wood, Bass Guitar

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Spanish Boots (2004 Remaster)
Jeff Beck Group
00:03:37

Ron Wood, Writer - Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, Writer, MainArtist - ROD STEWART, Writer

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Girl from Mill Valley (2004 Remaster)
Jeff Beck Group
00:03:47

Nicky Hopkins, Writer - Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, MainArtist

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Jailhouse Rock (2004 Remastered Version)
Jeff Beck Group
00:03:16

Jerry Leiber, Writer - Mike Stoller, Writer - Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, MainArtist

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Plynth (Water Down the Drain) (2004 Remaster)
Jeff Beck Group
00:03:08

Ron Wood, Writer - Nicky Hopkins, Writer - Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, MainArtist - ROD STEWART, Writer

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
The Hangman's Knee (2004 Remaster)
Jeff Beck Group
00:04:50

Ron Wood, Writer - Nicky Hopkins, Writer - Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, Writer, MainArtist - ROD STEWART, Writer - Tony Newman, Writer

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Rice Pudding (2004 Remaster)
Jeff Beck Group
00:07:30

Ron Wood, Writer - Nicky Hopkins, Writer - Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, Writer, MainArtist - Tony Newman, Writer

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Sweet Little Angel
Jeff Beck Group
00:08:00

B.B. King, Writer - Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, MainArtist - Peter Mew, Mixer

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Throw Down a Line
Jeff Beck Group
00:02:59

Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, MainArtist - Peter Mew, Mixer - Hank Marvin, Writer

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
All Shook Up (Early Version)
Jeff Beck Group
00:03:21

Elvis Presley, Writer - Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, MainArtist - Otis Blackwell, Writer - Peter Mew, Mixer

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Jailhouse Rock (Early Version)
Jeff Beck Group
00:03:09

Jerry Leiber, Writer - Mike Stoller, Writer - Mickie Most, Producer - Jeff Beck, MainArtist

© 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

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When it was originally released in June 1969, Beck-Ola, the Jeff Beck Group's second album, featured a famous sleeve note on its back cover: "Today, with all the hard competition in the music business, it's almost impossible to come up with anything totally original. So we haven't. However, this LP was made with the accent on heavy music. So sit back and listen and try and decide if you can find a small place in your heads for it." Beck was reacting to the success of peers and competitors like Cream and Led Zeppelin here, bands that had been all over the charts with a hard rock sound soon to be dubbed heavy metal, and indeed, his sound employs much the same brand of "heavy music" as theirs, with deliberate rhythms anchoring the beat, over which the guitar solos fiercely and the lead singer emotes. But he was also preparing listeners for the weakness of the material on an album that sounds somewhat thrown together. Two songs are rehauls of Elvis Presley standards ("All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock") and one is an instrumental interlude contributed by pianist Nicky Hopkins, promoted from sideman to group member, with the rest being band-written songs that basically serve as platforms for Beck's improvisations. But that doesn't detract from the album's overall quality, due both to the guitar work and the distinctive vocals of Rod Stewart, and Beck-Ola easily could have been the album to establish the Jeff Beck Group as the equal of the other heavy bands of the day. Unfortunately, a series of misfortunes occurred. Beck canceled out of a scheduled appearance at Woodstock; he was in a car accident that sidelined him for over a year, and Stewart and bass player Ron Wood decamped to join Faces, breaking up the group. Nevertheless, Beck-Ola stands as a prime example of late-'60s British blues-rock and one of Beck's best records.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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