- Audio CD (9 Jan. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Immortal
- ASIN: B00H9EURS0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Live in Japan 2006
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The sound on the live tracks is very good with a good balance, Jeff's lead guitar is naturally to the fore but the vocals and the backing are also up in the mix. I wasn't totally convinced by Hall on vocals (he also featured on Jeff's 'Flash' album) but he does have a strong powerful voice that is at its best on numbers like the funky version of "Superstition" and the hard rocking cover of Freddie King's "Going down". Jeff's playing is as good as ever and he can move at will from heavy rock riffing to gentle, very subtle playing - often in the same song, as in the version of Hendrix's "Little Wing". He's taken his influences from rock and roll, blues and Les Paul and come up with his own very individual style of guitar playing that couldn't be anyone else. My only criticism of this record is that the majority of these tracks will be very familiar to Beck-heads (albeit in slightly different versions) and I would have liked to have seen a few different songs but otherwise a thoroughly workmanlike album, with occasionaly inspired playing. My favourite track was "Morning Dew", which brings back memories of seeing the first Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart.
However, and funnily enough, it's not the studio tracks that do it for me - it's once again the live cuts as the different inflections and tonality that make this such a wonderful listening experience, with Jeff culling items from all around his lengthy back catalogue. That said, I am more used to Jeff just doing what he does, so the use (and quite extensive) of the Jimmy Hall vocal chords, I was not quite expecting - and while Jimmy is tuneful enough, his delivery, for me, is a tad under par compared to Jeff and his incredible band of musicians on display here.
Morning Dew, A Day In The Life, Superstition (played more like a backing track to Stevie Wonder than the BBA rendition!), Big Block and Rollin' & Tumblin' are all notable tracks but head and shoulders above are Where Were You with it's beautiful, understated lines, and the amazing You Know, You Know...one of my favourite Mahavishnu Orchestra tracks with it's flowing lines and insistent riff that top the lot!
As for the two studio tracks? Well, showing Jeff is off in yet another direction....but seemingly out of context and certainly needing to be heard in a full studio album context before one can really make any kind of judgement... I think I would have preferred another couple of tracks taken from the live show instead....but, hey, don't let me put you off - if you want to hear an absolute master of his trade at work with an exceptional band of supporting musicians, you'll go an awful long way to top this one - BUY!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cd has excellent sound quality and contains a good selection of tracks from throughout Jeff's career. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Woodpecker4
Jeff Beck is as they say, the guvnor. Although I miss Jason Rebello on keyboards, this is excellent.Published 9 months ago by Dan
Great live album
By Jeff and his band,bought it first on vinyl and had to get it on CD when cannot play it when I am on the move. Read more
Good album with more melodic moments, rock and blues than electric techno - which is what I prefer in Jeff's repertoire.Published 10 months ago by Nils-Jørn Hyltoft
My living Legend Guitar God still pushing the boundaries! better Live is testament to his skills/talents.Published 10 months ago by Richard Remiszewski