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Signifies all that was awful about 1980s production values
on 11 October 2007
The only criticism of Jeff Beck's 1970s masterpieces -- BLOW BY BLOW and WIRED -- is the absence of his own compositions. Here, without George Martin or Narada Michael Walden, he has a go. You can't hate them, but there's little to love in these mediocre tunes. Track #5, for instance, is a virtual copy of anything from Terje Rypdal's 1977 opus, AFTER THE RAIN, but just 12 years late.
But like much of Bill Bruford's work of the 1980s, the biggest sin committed on this album is the electronic drum sound. I just can't believe this is the same Terry Bozzio who was so key to the success of Frank Zappa's ZOOT ALLURES and BONGO FURY. An incredible disappointment.
If you think you really might enjoy this album, the best way to acquire it is as the third disc in the 3-CD set from Sony, also containing the two album I mentioned in the first sentence.