As the 1970's dawned Jeff Beck was becoming bored with the constraints of rock music, and, never one to remain in a rut, he wisely expanded his horizons to include jazz rock. In fact, Jeff Beck was one of the first to explore the possibilities of making a rock album with no lyrics whatsoever. Beck was never one to enjoy singing (To this day he still hates singing Hi Ho Silver Lining), and tired of sharing the limelight with a lead singer, he focassed all his attention on the music, it's arrangements and the complex guitar solos he would play with characteristic aplomb. Blow by Blow was a tremendous success when it was first released in the early 1970's, thrusting Beck into a whole new area of serious jazz rock. This whole area of music was sufficiently exciting and original to attract the attention of George Martin, no less, who produced this magnificent album. Beck's strength's lie firmly in guitar playing and his arrangements of solo's. Various sources are credited with the writing of the songs on this album, whilst Beck concentrates wholly on the guitar. The result is a genuine innovation and one that would equally astound and infuriate Beck's fans and critics. Some thought Beck should stick purely with blues and rock like his old mate Eric Clapton, while others thought this album was truly an original piece of work, easily out classing other less adventurous guitarists. Needless to say, the album is well produced by George Martin, with a couple of tracks being enhanced by strings, arranged by Martin. The whole thing is so utterly compelling and refreshing now, it must have seemed breathtaking at the time. Such a success this album was that Beck turned his back completely on pure rock music to concentrate his efforts instead upon his own blend of highly charged jazz rock.