The second part of our tribute to Jeff Beck begins with a few different versions of “Superstition” picking right up from Part one with a rare live recording of the Bobby Tench/Max Middleton era band which predates the BBA version, as well as a live version where Jeff joined Stevie Wonder on stage as a special guest. Quickly moving into the mutual admiration Jeff and Jimi Hendrix shared, displaying intersections of influence that some may not be aware of. From that point on it’s off to the races, quite literally as we examine Jeff’s lifelong infatuation with cars. Hot Rods, Coupes and all things American. When his attempt to purchase the actual American Graffiti car was unsuccessful, he built from scratch his own replica. Considering he also built his very first guitar it really didn’t surprise anyone who knew him. We also cover some of the numerous musical collaborations he enjoyed with everyone from Buddy Guy, The Big Town Playboys, Seal, Beth Hart, Jan Hammer, Sly Stone, David Bowie, George Martin, Brian Wilson, Robert Plant, Dion, Jules Holland, Imelda May and so much more.
Moving entirely too quickly toward 70 years old, I remain thankful to have lived through perhaps the greatest music renaissance is history. Witness to absolute giants inventing and reinventing the endless possibilities music presents, yearning to push the culture forward simply because they needed to, certainly not to develop a “brand.” Satchmo, Ellington, Hendrix, Mingus, Bird, Lennon, McCartney, Richards, Jagger, Dylan, Brian Wilson, Lou Reed, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Thelonious Monk, Prince, Bowie… think about the fact that only 6 of those names remain on the planet. Jeff Beck belongs on that list. Watching him perform his craft was akin to Dimaggio, Mays, Clemente or Griffy Jr. gliding back on a 100 MPH rocket seemingly out of reach and watching in amazement as they wind up waiting for it to nestle squarely in their glove. How did he do that? A question asked repeatedly when Jeff strapped on his guitar.
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