Wim S. : He celebrates his 50 years in the music business with the release of a DVD. Isn’t it incredible, 50 years. I am talking about Jeff Beck, the equally genius as independent English guitarist. In the 1960s he already played in the equally authentic band The Yardbirds, starting his own band one year and a half later; the Jeff Beck Group, including Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and drummer Aynsley Dunbar. The man is known for his versatility; he plays the blues, he plays jazz / fusion and he plays rock. He was one of the first guitarists who used feedback and distortion a lot, in a way that was hardly done before. He has a typical, all-in-one style of playing, which also means that he has a completely unique sound. Whether it's the ultra-fast style of playing in a song like 'Scatterbrain' or its fragile, subtle style in 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers'; you always recognize his unique style. In 2016, Beck played in the famous Hollywood Bowl to celebrate his 50 years in the music business with some musical friends. What a musical party!
Beck is - as always - in top form. With so much comfort, he plays his genius parts with so much class. We hear classic songs from The Yardbirds ('Heart Full Of Soul', 'For Your Love' and later in the set 'Shape Of Things'), we hear and see how fast he can fly over those 6 strings in 'Freeway Jam' and he plays some covers from and with well-known musicians. For example, Billy Gibbons is seen and heard in 'Rough Boy', Steven Tyler convincingly sings his balls out of his pants in 'Train Kept Rollin' and the woman with the awesome throat, Beth Hart ('I'd Rather Go Blind '). And what to think of the old bluesman Buddy Guy, who himself also goes berserk on the guitar. The performance not only radiates genius but also a lot of fun. And that after all those years. Personally, I prefer the CD because visually Beck has little to offer. It's the music that makes him so big, no matter how beautiful the recordings from the beautiful Hollywood Bowl are. Beautiful document for both those who already know Beck for a long time as for those who want to get to know the man and his music.