Saturday, December 11, 2010
A Record a Week: Jeff Beck Group - Rough and Ready
GOT THE FEELING
I'VE BEEN USED
NEW WAYS/TRAIN TRAIN
When a band takes the name of a member that isn't the lead singer, you know that the playing is going to be good. This album does not disappoint.
Jeff Beck's Blues-infused rock has been an inspiration to rock guitarists for more than 30 years. He has played with the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group and on his own, as well as performing on numerous other albums.
On this album, the solo-laden songs are paired with vocals by Bobby Tench. Beck contributes more than he had on the previous album and his ability is beginning to outweigh the band's as a whole. Perhaps it is that and his tendency to re-record tracks until he felt he had played them to perfection that took his career towards a mostly-instrumental one.
30 plus years and he has now proven himself through rock, jazz, metal, progressive rock and any other style he has attempted, including helping pioneer some of those styles along the way.
I am not a huge fan of the songs as a whole, but the guitar playing is undeniably great.