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What a cracking album!
on 8 June 2016
When it comes to releasing a follow up to a perfect album, fans and followers will get nervous and rightfully so. After all a perfect album is not exactly easy to replicate and doing so might not be a good thing. In some cases that is exactly what is needed and that is precisely what you get with Jeff Beck's second album Beck-Ola.
Looking at this album, you would never expect it to be an all time classic. That album cover is for a lack of better words, down right hideous. It looks like someone got a little bit too trippy whilst tasked with designing a cover. Who in their right mind wants a big apple staring out a window to represent their album? I certainly wouldn't and after all this time, I would love to know the story behind that.
The music on Beck-Ola is quite simply more of the same. It acts more like Truth 1.5 rather then having its own separate identity. The album once again features some stunning vocals from Rod Stewart and some fairly under appreciated bass playing by Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood. These two deliver all the good on this one and at points they even out do the guy who has his name on the album.
The advantage Beck-Ola has over its predecessor is that Beck and company wrote more of their own songs this time round. There are only three out of the original seven tracks that are credited to another artist. These songs feature a cracking cover of All Shook Up and Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley). These are not the most imaginative covers but they pack a hefty punch providing the same heavy metal sound that was present on Truth. The original songs are equally impressive and range from Led Zeppelin-esque hard rock to softer bluesier numbers.
The only negative this album really has is the fact it is quite short. It is only half an hour long and feels like it is over a little too soon. Thankfully the recent remasters have a few extra bonus tracks that extend the album length. Fans of this hard rock genre have no reason not to buy this album. It is a classic, it is a timeless piece of work and is a nice eye opener to see where this kind of music came from.
Published by Steven Lornie