Jeff Beck, guitarist
Yardbirds ~ Jeff Beck Group
birth name: Geoffrey Arnold Beck

Jeff Beck

June 24, 1944, Wallington, Surrey, England

While he was as innovative as Jimmy Page, as tasteful as Eric Clapton, and nearly as visionary as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck never achieved the same commercial success as any of those contemporaries, primarily because of the haphazard way he approached his career. After Rod Stewart left the Jeff Beck Group in 1971, Beck never worked with a charismatic lead singer who could have helped sell his music to a wide audience. Furthermore, he was simply too idiosyncratic, moving from heavy metal to jazz fusion within a blink of an eye. As his career progressed, he became more fascinated by automobiles than guitars, releasing only one album during the course of the '90s. All the while, Beck retained the respect of fellow guitarists, who found his reclusiveness all the more alluring. ~ Allmusic: Jeff Beck ~ retrieved June 3, 2013 © Allmusic

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Jeff Beck ~ Ranked Fricke's Picks: #14 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2003 ~ But Beck's commercial peak came in the mid-1970s, with an idiosyncratic style of jazz fusion (whiplash melodies; artful, roaring distortion; whammy-bar hysterics) that he still plays today with undiminished class and ferocity. ~ 2003 © Rolling Stone

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Stevie Wonder ~ Talking Book (1972) ~ Ranked #90 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ “I don't think you know where I'm coming from,” Stevie Wonder warned Motown executives in 1971. “I don't think you can understand it.” Indeed, the two albums Wonder released in 1972 - Music Of My Mind and Talking Book - rewrote the rules of the Motown hit factory. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

The Yardbirds

some band info might not apply to Jeff Beck, a member in 1965 & 1966

Their innovations - a revved-up instrumental attack, controlled use of feedback, distortion and fuzz; and live, improvisational jams they called ‘rave ups’ - paved the way for psychedelic rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, Southern boogie and even punk. ~ Rolling Stone: The Yardbirds ~ retrieved March 12, 2014 © Rolling Stone

The Yardbirds ~ Ranked #89 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “Listen to Somebody, a song I wrote for Aerosmith's first album: It's all from the Yardbirds. They were the shit to us, out of all the British bands in the Sixties. The Yardbirds were a bit of a mystery. They had an eclecticism - the Gregorian chant-ness of the vocals, the melodic diversity, the way they used guitar feedback. I loved that weirdness.” ~ Steven Tyler, Aerosmith ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

The Yardbirds ~ Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds (1965) ~ Ranked #355 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ This is the bridge between beat groups and psychedelia. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

The Jeff Beck Group

The Jeff Beck Group ~ Plynth (Water Down The Drain) ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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