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VINE VOICEon 27 September 2002
Jeff Beck had given us more than a glimpse of where he was heading with the previous year's fine 'Blow by Blow' album - but this one took some kind of quantum leap into the stratosphere, making it one of the strongest instrumental rock albums ever made.
Pooling together members of his existing band with keyboard master Jan Hammer and a young Narada Michael Walden on drums ( who also provided many of the tunes ) everything seemed to gel together beautifully.
Capping it all was George Martin's hugely sympathetic sound production, giving everything a very hard, loud, up-front feel. Perfect.
Sounding off about musicianly 'technique' - as anyone is likely to do with a record like this - might well prove to be a bit of a turn-off but one listen will demonstrate that such technique, jaw-dropping as it is throughout, is not all you can pull from a guitar in the hands of Jeff Beck
An album that'll appeal to headbangers, jazzers and fans of instrumental guitar music alike. Oh, and crank up the volume !!
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on 24 October 2004
Jeff Beck is one of the greatest guitarists ever, and along with it's predecessor 'Blow By Blow', Beck's 1976 album 'Wired' is considered to be his finest effort, and one of the best exponents of the 'fusion' genre, a kind of rock/jazz hybrid.
Purley instrumental from start to finish, Beck is given an entirely free rein, with which he creates some of the most groovy and funky hard-rock guitar sounds ever comitted to tape. 'Wired' whizzes past at just over 35 minutes in length; I always want it to go on longer.
Beck's soloing is mind-blowing throughout, but his backing never fails to impress; there's some heavy-handed drumming from Narada Michael Walden, some relentless bass from Wilbur Bascomb, and renowned synthesist Jan Hammmer lends his talents. To cap it all, this gem of a record is produced by legendary Beatles man George Martin.
Instrumentals can be a bit dodgy, boring, or just plain background wallpaper, but 'Wired' is one of the rare ones that is never anything less than enthralling and will keep you riveted throughout. Unlike many other instrumental albums, it gets more and more rewarding with each play. Required listening for guitarists by official law, b.t.w!
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Jeepers it's great to have a copy of this on my shelf again, it having gone out of my life when I ditched my vinyl some decades back. I give it five because it is a classic, but I would still do so even if the only decent track on it was Jeff's version of Charlie Mingus's Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat, which is one of the most amazing pieces of electric guitar work ever committed to tape (as it was back then). What is it about that great little tune, with its superb chord progression, that has attracted so many fantastic covers? Is it perhaps to do with the way that it is the closest jazz gets to its deep blues roots, or the jazziest blues can get while staying true blues? John McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell and Jeff have all managed to make definitive personal statements out of it, and have made it so popular that just about any jazz jamming group will play with it sooner or later. Alongside this heavenly gem there are plenty of epic tracks that represent the gamut of what was going on in music at the time, from hard rock, to disco funk, withering blues or the more soulful kind of jazz. The teaming up with ex-Mahavishnu Keyboards Jan Hammer proved to be a killer combination, one that initial producer George Martin didn't know how to handle, eventually giving rise to his departure from the project saying that he didn't understand where Jeff was trying to go. Actually, Jeff barely knew himself. Hammer stepped into the studio and remixed all the tracks bar one, with a totally innovative sound that clearly anticipates what Quincy Jones was going to be doing soon after with Michael Jackson, George Benson, Chaka Khan and all those classic folks. And yet with the coruscating edge of Jeff's Hendrix like chops exploding like dynamite all over it. For serious fans I can utterly recommend Annette Carson's Jeff Beck, Crazy Fingers, if you want an entertaining and very satisfying insight into just how central a figure Jeff has been in rock history.

It's a hot summer evening and I'm about to start cooking, and I can think of no better accompaniment than to crack a tinny and slap this into the player. Time to wake up people.
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on 3 August 2016
This has got to be Jeff's best album. Absolutely superb jazz-rock guitar playing and in my opinion even better than his previous album, Blow by Blow! It doesn't get much better than this! Highly recommended!
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on 14 June 2014
Firstly this album is wholly instrumental so don't expect a Rod Stewart or Joss Stone vocal to appear. This album was the second collaboration between Jeff Beck and producer George Martin the first was the wonderful 'Blow By Blow' this album is perhaps not as good as the first but it is still very good and includes an excellent cover of the Charlie Mingus composition 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' as well as other delights such as 'Led Boots' it also marks Jeff's first collaboration with Jan Hammer. The album is of course beautifully and inventively played, it is one of those Jeff Beck albums that every fan of the electric guitar should at least hear if not own.
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on 10 December 2010
This 1976 jazz/rock instrumental album ,together with the previous year's release, 'Blow By Blow ' ,represents,in my opinion, the creative pinnacle of Jeff's career.

In 'Wired' we find music with an overall harder edge;there are no strings,for example,from George Martin and the music is deeper into the jazz/rock genre.

Jeff used his white,rosewood necked ,pre CBS Fender Stratocaster (given as a gift from fellow guitar great, John McLaughlin ) almost exclusively throughout 'Wired' .The guitar playing is precise,aggressive,savage and screaming one moment and then mellow,sensitive and gentle in the next instance;it is always expressive.

'Wired' is shorter in duration than 'Blow By Blow' ,lasting just over 37minutes ,but, just like 'Blow By Blow' , it holds together brilliantly as a complete musical statement.The original producer was George Martin but he left in the early stages .Jan Hammer then took over and he re-mixed all of the previous tracks as well as producing 'Blue Wind' (which he also wrote).Hammer is to be given credit (against the initial opinion of Jeff at the time)for leaving in the background hum of the amps etc (on occasions) which keeps the authentic realism of the recordings intact. Lovely stuff! Stalwart Max Middleton and another 'Blow By Blow' musician,Richard Bailey,return for some of the tracks here with Wilbur Bascomb being brought in on bass and Narada Michael Walden on drums. Walden wrote four of the eight songs and he also played piano on 'Love is Green' . The standout track here is Jeff's version of the Charles Mingus classic, 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' .Jeff's playing here encapsulates so much of what is great about a Strat when in the hands of a genius.This just may be THE best electric guitar instrumental performance EVER ! My other favourite tracks include 'Sophie' , 'Play With Me' and the aforementioned 'Love is Green' . On this latter song Jeff plays acoustic guitar and he also plays a sweet solo using the Strat."Blue Wind is another favourite whilst 'Led Boots' is one of the best known tracks. 'Come Dancing' contains subtle horns and 'Head For Backstage Pass' was co-written by (UPP drummer)Andy Clarke and it is a lively,heavy,funk number.

In common with 'Blow By Blow' , 'Wired' has it's own unique stamp of greatness I.E both are inspired and also inspiring!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 September 2011
`Wired' is one of the few fusion albums from the early 1970's that has stood the test of time. Strong tunes, great playing and a sympathetic production job make this a set that can be readily appreciated those of us look for musical content rather then excessive displays of technique. That said, Jeff is inspired throughout; listen out for his tone and inventive soloing on the track 'Goodbye Pork Pye Hat' is a masterclass in taste and control. It might just be the best thing on the disc.

Essentially, 'Wired' is a leaner and rockier follow up to 'Blow by Blow'. There is plenty of what might be termed 'cop-movie' funk rock. Big beats, heavy bass, topped off with upper register guitar and keyboards playing the themes with solos added for variety. It's a neat formula and even after repeated listening there is plenty for the intrepid listener to pick over and enjoy. Jan Hammer is especially prominent - his playing on his own composition, the classic instrumental 'Blue Wind' is a great example of how he both pushes and complements Beck. As Mr Beck is not a noticeably productive writer, luckily Keyboardist Max Middleton and drummer Michael Walden come up with the compositional goods that make 'Wired' that sort of fusion album that most non-fusioneers could enjoy.

So, 'Wired' is an excellent collection and a great place from which to start your exploration of the Beck back- catalogue. Recommended.
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on 18 January 2004
A stunning album by the universe's greatest guitarist.This album was years ahead of it's time.It still astounds me.
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on 28 July 2004
Despite the general overall quality of this album, for me it is defined by the superb, head ripping rendition of 'Goodbye pork pie hat' -surely one of the greatest pieces of controlled electric guitar wizardry ever recorded. It is worth the price of the album alone, but don't worry, there's lots lots more to thrill to in this unique ground breaking work.
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on 17 February 2013
...as Blow by Blow IMNVHO!! ....Bought to replace an aging and worn out cassette tape bought on release. It kind of propelled me into my appreciation of jazz and jazz rock.
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