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Wired

Jeff Beck

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Released in 1976, Jeff Beck's Wired contains some of the best jazz-rock fusion of the period. Wired is generally more muscular, albeit less-unique than its predecessor, Blow by Blow. Joining keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Richard Bailey, and producer George Martin from the Blow by Blow sessions are drummer Narada Michael Walden, bassist Wilbur Bascomb, and keyboardist Jan Hammer. Beck contributed no original material to Wired, instead relying on the considerable talents of his supporting cast. Perhaps this explains why Wired is not as cohesive as Blow by Blow, seemingly more assembled from component parts. Walden's powerful drumming propels much of Wired, particularly Middleton's explosive opener, "Led Boots," where Beck erupts into a stunning solo of volcanic intensity. Walden also contributes four compositions, including the funk-infused "Come Dancing," which adds an unnamed horn section. While Walden's "Sophie" is overly long and marred by Hammer's arena rock clichés, his "Play With Me" is spirited and Hammer's soloing more melodic. Acoustic guitar and piano predominate the closing ballad, "Love Is Green"; Beck's electric solo gracefully massages the quiet timbres. Wired is well balanced by looser, riff-oriented material and Walden's more intricate compositions. Walden and Hammer give Wired a '70s-era jazz-rock flavor that is indicative of their work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Bascomb's throw-down, "Head for Backstage Pass," finds Bailey skillfully navigating the mixed meters while Beck counters with a dazzling, gritty solo. Hammer's "Blue Wind" features an infectious riff over which Beck and Hammer trade heated salvos. As good as "Blue Wind" is, it would have benefited from the Walden/Bascomb rhythm section and a horn arrangement by Martin. One of Wired's finest tracks is an arrangement of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat." Beck's playing is particularly alluring: cleanly ringing tones, weeping bends, and sculpted feedback form a resonant palette. Bailey and Middleton lend supple support. Within a two-year span, the twin towers Blow by Blow and Wired set a standard for instrumental rock that even Beck has found difficult to match. On Wired, with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock's most compelling guitarists is in top form.
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1
Led Boots (Album Version)
00:04:03

John Mills, Mixing Engineer - John Mills, Recording Engineer - John Arrias, Recording Engineer - Mark Guercio, 2nd Engineer - Narada Michael Walden, Drums - Geoff Emerick, Mixing Engineer - Max Middleton, Composer - Max Middleton, Lyricist - Pete Henderson, Recording Engineer - Jeff Beck, Guitar - Jeff Beck, Performer - Wilbur Bascomb, Bass - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Dennis McKay, Recording Engineer - Chris Bond, Assistant Producer - Jan Hammer, Synthesizer - Jan Hammer, Re-Mixer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Come Dancing (Album Version)
00:05:54

John Arrias, Recording Engineer - John Mills, Mixing Engineer - John Mills, Recording Engineer - Mark Guercio, 2nd Engineer - Narada Michael Walden, Composer - Narada Michael Walden, Drums - Narada Michael Walden, Lyricist - Geoff Emerick, Mixing Engineer - Pete Henderson, Recording Engineer - Jeff Beck, Guitar - Jeff Beck, Performer - Wilbur Bascomb, Bass - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Ed Green, Drums - Dennis McKay, Recording Engineer - Chris Bond, Assistant Producer - Jan Hammer, Synthesizer - Jan Hammer, Re-Mixer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Album Version)
00:05:30

John Arrias, Recording Engineer - John Mills, Mixing Engineer - John Mills, Recording Engineer - Mark Guercio, 2nd Engineer - Geoff Emerick, Mixing Engineer - Pete Henderson, Recording Engineer - Jeff Beck, Guitar - Jeff Beck, Performer - Wilbur Bascomb, Bass - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Charles Mingus, Lyricist - Charles Mingus, Composer - Dennis McKay, Recording Engineer - Chris Bond, Assistant Producer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Richard Bailey, Drums

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Head for Backstage Pass (Album Version)
00:02:44

John Arrias, Recording Engineer - John Mills, Mixing Engineer - John Mills, Recording Engineer - Mark Guercio, 2nd Engineer - Geoff Emerick, Mixing Engineer - Pete Henderson, Recording Engineer - Jeff Beck, Guitar - Jeff Beck, Performer - Wilbur Bascomb, Composer - Wilbur Bascomb, Lyricist - Wilbur Bascomb, Bass - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Dennis McKay, Recording Engineer - Chris Bond, Assistant Producer - Andi Clark, Composer - Andi Clark, Lyricist - Jan Hammer, Re-Mixer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Richard Bailey, Drums

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Blue Wind (Album Version)
00:05:54

John Arrias, Recording Engineer - John Mills, Mixing Engineer - John Mills, Recording Engineer - Mark Guercio, 2nd Engineer - Geoff Emerick, Mixing Engineer - Pete Henderson, Recording Engineer - Jan Hammer, Composer - Jan Hammer, Lyricist - Bruce Disckinson, Producer - Jeff Beck, Guitar - Jeff Beck, Performer - Dennis McKay, Recording Engineer - Chris Bond, Assistant Producer - Jan Hammer, Drums - Jan Hammer, Synthesizer - Jan Hammer, Re-Mixer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Sophie (Album Version)
00:06:30

John Arrias, Recording Engineer - John Mills, Mixing Engineer - John Mills, Recording Engineer - Mark Guercio, 2nd Engineer - Narada Michael Walden, Drums - Geoff Emerick, Mixing Engineer - Pete Henderson, Recording Engineer - Jeff Beck, Guitar - Jeff Beck, Performer - Wilbur Bascomb, Bass - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Dennis McKay, Recording Engineer - Chris Bond, Assistant Producer - Narada Michael. Walden, Composer - Narada Michael. Walden, Lyricist - Jan Hammer, Re-Mixer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Play with Me (Album Version)
00:04:10

John Arrias, Recording Engineer - John Mills, Mixing Engineer - John Mills, Recording Engineer - Mark Guercio, 2nd Engineer - Narada Michael Walden, Drums - Geoff Emerick, Mixing Engineer - Pete Henderson, Recording Engineer - Jeff Beck, Guitar - Jeff Beck, Performer - Wilbur Bascomb, Bass - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Dennis McKay, Recording Engineer - Chris Bond, Assistant Producer - Narada Michael. Walden, Composer - Narada Michael. Walden, Lyricist - Jan Hammer, Synthesizer - Jan Hammer, Re-Mixer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Love Is Green (Album Version)
00:02:29

John Arrias, Recording Engineer - John Mills, Mixing Engineer - John Mills, Recording Engineer - Mark Guercio, 2nd Engineer - Narada Michael Walden, Piano - Narada Michael Walden, Composer - Narada Michael Walden, Lyricist - Geoff Emerick, Mixing Engineer - Pete Henderson, Recording Engineer - Jeff Beck, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Jeff Beck, Performer - Wilbur Bascomb, Bass - Producer not documented on available sources, Producer - Dennis McKay, Recording Engineer - Chris Bond, Assistant Producer - Jan Hammer, Re-Mixer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Released in 1976, Jeff Beck's Wired contains some of the best jazz-rock fusion of the period. Wired is generally more muscular, albeit less-unique than its predecessor, Blow by Blow. Joining keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Richard Bailey, and producer George Martin from the Blow by Blow sessions are drummer Narada Michael Walden, bassist Wilbur Bascomb, and keyboardist Jan Hammer. Beck contributed no original material to Wired, instead relying on the considerable talents of his supporting cast. Perhaps this explains why Wired is not as cohesive as Blow by Blow, seemingly more assembled from component parts. Walden's powerful drumming propels much of Wired, particularly Middleton's explosive opener, "Led Boots," where Beck erupts into a stunning solo of volcanic intensity. Walden also contributes four compositions, including the funk-infused "Come Dancing," which adds an unnamed horn section. While Walden's "Sophie" is overly long and marred by Hammer's arena rock clichés, his "Play With Me" is spirited and Hammer's soloing more melodic. Acoustic guitar and piano predominate the closing ballad, "Love Is Green"; Beck's electric solo gracefully massages the quiet timbres. Wired is well balanced by looser, riff-oriented material and Walden's more intricate compositions. Walden and Hammer give Wired a '70s-era jazz-rock flavor that is indicative of their work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Bascomb's throw-down, "Head for Backstage Pass," finds Bailey skillfully navigating the mixed meters while Beck counters with a dazzling, gritty solo. Hammer's "Blue Wind" features an infectious riff over which Beck and Hammer trade heated salvos. As good as "Blue Wind" is, it would have benefited from the Walden/Bascomb rhythm section and a horn arrangement by Martin. One of Wired's finest tracks is an arrangement of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat." Beck's playing is particularly alluring: cleanly ringing tones, weeping bends, and sculpted feedback form a resonant palette. Bailey and Middleton lend supple support. Within a two-year span, the twin towers Blow by Blow and Wired set a standard for instrumental rock that even Beck has found difficult to match. On Wired, with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock's most compelling guitarists is in top form.
© Mark Kirschenmann /TiVo

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