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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B003405MF6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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For his first studio album in seven years, Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Beck returns with an eclectic mix of tracks that find the guitar virtuoso joined by a handpicked cast of musicians, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra.

Recorded at Sarm Studios, London in late 2009, Emotion & Commotion was produced by Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn. To create the album's diverse sound, Beck used a number of musicians, including appearance by frequent collaborators Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Jason Rebello (keyboards), and Tal Wilkenfeld (bass). Also included are contributions from a trio of singers: Imelda May, Olivia Safe and Grammy-winner Joss Stone. Described as "the first of the great guitar showmen", Jeff Beck is a true rock legend. From his time with the Yardbirds in the '60s, through the Jeff Beck Group and throughout his solo career, his unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of his peers and legions of fans.

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Having purchased Performing This Week - Live At Ronnie Scott's and Rock 'N' Roll Party - Honouring Les Paul on Blu-Ray, I thought I would give this a go and was delighted I did, as this for me, suits my musical tastes perfectly and is the perfect compliment to those Blu-Rays.

The music is diverse and well recorded and the appearance of Imelda May, Joss Stone and Olivia Safe are icing on a very nice cake!

Stand out tracks? I enjoyed them all, not a duff track, every one pure gold, but I would take Imelda's version of Lilac Wine and Elegy for Dunkirk to my desert island. If you like music, you will appreciate this, buy it and enjoy it, albums like this come along all too infrequently these days.
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Just sit back and listen to a master of his craft. You could have called this album "Light & Shade" as he's not pinning you against the wall from the first to the last note like days gone by. The addition of an orchestra on a few tracks sums up the warm quality of this album, and the blend of guitar and orchestra fits a treat. His arrangements and playing of Over The Rainbow and Nessun Dorma is just beautiful.
Then theres the Joss Stone and Imelda May tracks along with track two Hammerhead to add a bit of grit and variety. It now just needs someone to have a word in Jeffs "shell-like" to tell him cds last longer than vinyl, so forty minute albums are very mean these days.
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Jeff has found some strange musical bedfellows over the years, and this must be one of the oddest albums of the year - but listen to it more than once and it starts to grab you (maybe that's just the years catching up on me). Who would have thought of replacing Pavarotti with a white Fender Stratocaster - Jeff would -listen to his haunting guitar build up to a crescendo on Nessun Dorma (from Turandot by Puccini). Other strange items include Somewhere over the rainbow, Corpus Christi Carol, Lilac wine and the very evocative and haunting Elegy for Dunkirk. All in all not what you'd normally associate with the master of the Strat, but a very poignant and thought provoking compilation - well done Jeff for showing us all what class you really have. The reason I don't award it 5 stars is that its rather eclectic and like a lot of Jeff's albums not the best value for money at only just over 40 minutes in length.
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I bought this album with some trepidation having thought 'Jeff' was one of Beck's weakest albums but I need not have worried. Completely different and astoundingly so, this is an album of wonderful extremes from the full shred of 'Hammerhead' to the achingly beautiful 'Elegy for Dunkirk'. If it is marred at all it is by the voice of Joss Stone who seems to be trying to do a very poor impression of Tina Turner. This is almost made up for by the stunning voice of Imelda May who, as Jeff himself points out, deserves a much wider audience.

The substantial use of orchestration as well as an opera singer may not please the Jazz-rock fans but for me it works superbly with Jeff's guitar perfectly attuned to the overall sound.

It is also one of those albums which gets better with every play. It is a very brave and bold statement from a guitar legend who refuses to be categorised - well done Jeff it is a truly astonishing album!
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This is some of the most inspired guitar playing I have heard in a long time. Sit with your eyes closed and be taken to a musical heaven because this man is in touch with it! His interpretation of "Some where over the rainbow" will definitely take you there. I would recommend this CD to anyone who wants to hear soul searching music that will lift you to another level of enjoyment.
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I'm going to try and be objective in this review as Jeff has always been my hero and my inspiration.
1. Corpus Christi Carol. Hat-tip to Jeff Buckley's version of Benjamin Britten's `hymn'. Fitting tribute. Beautifully played.
2. Hammerhead. In the sleeve notes Jeff say's this evolved from Hi Ho Silver Lining. Errrrrrr! Well OK. But it also says it's a homage to Jan Hammer, and that's exactly what it feels like. A kick-arse keyboard riff and driving bass line with Jeff taking his Stratocaster on a roller coaster and throttling it. Would have been right at home on Wired. (By the way, if like me you'd been listening to the preceding classical track at volume, watch your speakers when the riff kicks in. Frightened the bloody life out of me).
3. Never Alone. One of the highlights of the album for me. A simply haunting melody that I cannot get out of my head. And don't want to. The first time I heard the solo at the end of this track, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. The second time I sobbed like a baby. I'm not sure if it was because it's so beautiful, or because I realised what an impossible guitarist I've picked to aspire too. I can imagine Hank Marvin covering this one. And I still cry every time I hear it.
4. Over the Rainbow. Jeff being whimsical with a showcase for his touch and feel. Very sweet, and my Mum loves it. So will yours.
5. I Put a Spell on You. Jay Hawkins' (and Arthur Brown) classic. Kind of Ol' Man River, slave song feel and while Joss stone does a fine job, I can't help wondering what Bob Tench would have done with this one.
6. Serene. My second highlight. Starts like waking early in the forest and as it rouses the birds begin to sing. Then you stretch, ahhhhhhh! (I've seriously got to change my brand of tobacco).
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