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on 4 October 2009
Painting today so decided to dig out some cds not played for some years, (this and a Robert Cray one).

In a word, fantastic. The album is 20 years old, but hasn't dated, as music like this just doesn't.
He is a true guitar god, genius really, capable of making such unworldly noises with a guitar only Hendrix can compare.

Right from the thumping opening to 'guitar shop' which hits you straight in the chest (needs to be played through quality equipment to get the maximum impact really) it hooks you in.

My personal favourite track is 'big block', but apart from 'day in the house' it is all excellent and makes up for the disappointing 'flash' album from 1985, (did like 'gets us all in the end' though).

Another reviewer mentioned Bozzio's drums contribution and I agree, he is excellent, bringing to mind 'power' drummers like Billy Cobham. Helped in a big way by the superb mix and production I feel.

Some of this music was also used in a certain comic strip episode I seem to remember.

Very imaginative sleeve design too. Love it!
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on 21 July 2002
A truly majestic album of awesome proportions a must for the listener of sublime but raunchy rock. never a dull moment Jeff Beck has inspired many a guitar rock hero. Be in awe of a master at work a very under-rated album by a very but truly gifted guitarist. miss it at you peril !!
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on 22 March 2002
There aren't many guitarists of today's generation that even come close to this man's talent. Capable of playing a whole range of styles from powerfully driven rock to ambient spacey textures, Jeff Beck is able to make his fretwork change from note to note. At times he drives his Strat to the limit, distorted to the max; at other times laying a wilful and unusually sparse blues guitar.
Jeff is a music pioneer, dilligently indulging his muse without compromise, caring not what you think of it. Ironically, this is why it is so good. His instrument grinds, slashes, wrenches and sings as he extracts ever more unlikely sounds from his guitar. A masterpiece.
Stand out tracks: 'Savoy' 'Big Block' 'Stand on it' 'Sling Shot' 'Two Rivers'
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on 24 May 2004
With his individual and quirky style , Mr Beck infuses the collection of songs here with humour and genuine emotion . For me , the stand out tracks are Where Were You and Two Rivers - amazing use of the tremolo arm to create melody . In fact , these two songs were the reasons I bought the album , and they crop up regularly on compilations I make .
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on 2 June 2010
It's taken me awhile to get hold of this album, everyone was telling me how good it was but equally it became none too easy to find but thanks to Amazon I have it at an amazingly great price,
Well,worth the wait,oh yes indeed more than worth it,this is classic Beck territory. throughout it contains amazing talent both from Beck himself but also his great band. The material is some of his best in recent years.More than anything though it shows what an absolutely stunning talent he is, a truly incredible guitarist on top of his game giving us an album that sizzles throughout.Always full of new and exiting ideas,but never over technical to the pint of losing the music in technique,no the music as always with him first, and it's pretty hot stuff full of fire and funk,His playing flows through every track full of fresh ideas but full on in the beauty and majesty of the art of the greatest of all electric guitar players.
Jeff Beck is an iconic artist,an inspiration and through the years with various versions of his own bands that have included the likes of Rod Stewart,Bobby Tench,Jan Hammer, Ronnie Wood,Tony Hymas,Imogen Heap to currently folk like Imelda May and Joss Stone recording and doing live gigs with him.Always original,always making great music,this album stands strongly up as classic beck but also a wonderful album by any standards.
Took me a while to get,get yours now while it's around again you'll never regret buying this slice of great rock guitar by the master of the instrument.
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on 23 October 2000
Jeff Beck's GUITAR SHOP thoroughly deserved its 1989 Grammy. From the superb Terry Bozio drum opening to the driving Stratocaster on 'Sling Shot', Mr Beck once again proves that he is capable of playing a whole range of styles - rather than than the screaming guitars and the reedy vocals of many of todays 'bands'. Admiitedly he never actually sings - but the listener gets powerfully driven rock in 'Savoy' (which moves at a fast and exciting pace equivalent to Derek and the Dominoes 'Roll it Over') 'Big Block' 'Stand on it' and 'Sling Shot'. There are also sorrowful yet powerful tunes like 'Two Rivers' - very much demonstrating the ways in which Jeff Beck is able to make his fretwork change from note to note - he does not have to repeat himself over and over - his skill in in the way he drives the Strat to the limit but does not have to always make this the angry screaming guitar that so many other artists are guilty of. As with other albums such as 'Wired', 'Guitar Shop' is further proof of both what guitar and guitarist are capable of.
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on 14 October 2009
Jeff Beck is the best British rock guitarist no contest. In the world domination stakes only Hendrix stands above him. This is not his best album but its better than most other guitarists. As usual he delivers a series of masterclasses with his long-time collaborators and the experience is first rate. Listening to it now, some of the sound is of its era but its not a big problem when the playing is of such high quality. Not his best album but it gets 5 stars anyway because Jeff Beck's 'good' is everyone else's sublime.
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on 4 July 2015
For me this is the album that is the bridge between JB being an awesome player that other musicians respected to him stepping up to something higher altogether, such as his later work on the Ronnie Scott's gigs (the Blu-ray is stunning).

It's an album that every guitar player and enthusiast should own!
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on 28 June 2004
This is sipmply a fantastic album. Just the track 'where were you' is enough to make me want to buy it, but all of the tracks are fantastic, jeff is definately the greatest guitar player alive today, possibly ever. buy it or miss out
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on 23 May 2015
This album contains some of Mr Beck's most enjoyable music combining his superb musicianship and playing ability to devastating effect.
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