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Jeff Beck
Born: June 24, 1944 in Wallington, Surrey, England
Active: '60s-2010s Major
Styles: Guitar Virtuoso, Album Rock, British Blues
Instrument: Guitar (Electric), Guitar Representative
Albums: "Wired/Blow by Blow", "Truth/Beck-Ola", "Beckology" Representative
Songs: "Cause We've Ended as Lovers", "Freeway Jam", "Beck's Bolero"

UPC Type Title
886919829822 CD Beck-Ola
4943674163953 (i) CD Beck-Ola
090771531117 Vinyl Beck-Ola
5099922725424 (i) CD Best of Jeff Beck
696998544024 CD Blow by Blow
4571191056269 (i) CD Blow by Blow
4571191050328 (i) CD Blow by Blow (Mini LP Sleeve)
829421334095 Vinyl Blow by Blow
886977455513 (i) Vinyl Blow by Blow
829421535621 CD Crazy Legs (Original Recording Remastere
081227981105 CD Emotion & Commotion
4943674098170 (i) CD Emotion & Commotion
081227981051 (i) CD Emotion & Commotion: Deluxe
886972455228 CD Flash
4571191050595 (i) CD Flash (Mini LP Sleeve)
829421531944 CD Frankie's House (Original Recording Rema
886972377827 CD Guitar Shop
886972318721 CD Jeff
4571191058430 (i) CD Jeff
024081100121 CD Jeff Beck
5099747104626 (i) CD Jeff Beck Group
4571191056238 (i) CD Jeff Beck Group
5883007136546 DVD Jeff Beck Years
829421443131 Vinyl Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop
9120817151243 CD Jeff Beck: Collection
886976187620 (i) CD Jeff Beck: Collection
081227978556 CD Live & Exclusive From the Grammy Museum
9223814130195 (i) DVD Live (DVD)
829421784005 CD Live at B.B. King Blues Club/Collect
4571191052995 (i) CD Live at B.B. King Blues Club
7797697017444 (i) DVD Live at Ronnie Scott's
801213332694 Blu-Ray Live at Ronnie Scott's
8712177061075 (i) Vinyl Live in Tokyo 1999
886972377322 CD Live with Jan Hammer Group
886973027721 (i) CD Original Album Classics
886976605124 (i) CD Original Album Classics
826992015026 CD Performing This Week...Live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz
801213026395 DVD Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scott's
081227978457 CD Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul
801213034093 DVD Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul
801213337491 Blu-Ray Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul
829421526629 Vinyl Rock 'N' Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul
4571191056221 (i) CD Rough & Ready
079893298320 CD Shapes of Things
5883007136157 DVD The Jeff Beck Group: Got the Feeling
886972407326 CD There & Back
829421356844 Vinyl There & Back
828767735221 CD Truth
4943674163946 (i) CD Truth
090771531018 Vinyl Truth
9120817150666 DVD Visual Story
4988010743727 (i) CD Who Else
886972434322 CD Who Else!
886919830224 CD Wired
829421338499 Vinyl Wired
8713748980351 (i) Vinyl Wired
4571191050564 (i) CD Wired (Mini LP Sleeve)
886972425825 CD You Had It Coming
4988010823283 (i) CD You Had It Coming

Biography: 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.

Beck began his musical career following a short stint at London's Wimbledon Art College. He earned a reputation by supporting Lord Sutch, which helped him land the job as the Yardbirds' lead guitarist following the departure of Eric Clapton. Beck stayed with the Yardbirds for nearly two years, leaving in late 1966 with the pretense that he was retiring from music. He returned several months later with "Love Is Blue," a single he played poorly because he detested the song. Later in 1967, he formed the Jeff Beck Group with vocalist Rod Stewart, bassist Ron Wood, and drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who was quickly replaced by Mickey Waller; keyboardist Nicky Hopkins joined in early 1968. With their crushingly loud reworkings of blues songs and vocal and guitar interplay, the Jeff Beck Group established the template for heavy metal. Neither of the band's records, Truth (1968) or Beck-Ola (a 1969 album that was recorded with new drummer Tony Newman), was particularly successful, and the bandmembers tended to fight regularly, especially on their frequent tours of the U.S. In 1970, Stewart and Wood left to join the Faces, and Beck broke up the group.

Beck had intended to form a power trio with Vanilla Fudge members Carmine Appice (drums) and Tim Bogert (bass), but those plans were derailed when he suffered a serious car crash in 1970. By the time he recuperated in 1971, Bogart and Appice were playing in Cactus, so the guitarist formed a new version of the Jeff Beck Group. Featuring keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Cozy Powell, bassist Clive Chaman, and vocalist Bobby Tench, the new band recorded Rough and Ready (1971) and Jeff Beck Group (1972). Neither album attracted much attention. Cactus dissolved in late 1972, and Beck, Bogert, and Appice formed a power trio the following year. The group's lone studio album -- a live record was released in Japan but never in the U.K. or U.S. -- was widely panned due to its plodding arrangements and weak vocals, and the group disbanded the following year.

For about 18 months, Beck remained quiet, re-emerging in 1975 with Blow by Blow. Produced by George Martin, Blow by Blow was an all-instrumental jazz fusion album that received strong reviews. Beck collaborated with Jan Hammer, a former keyboardist for Mahavishnu Orchestra, for 1976's Wired, and supported the album with a co-headlining tour with Hammer's band. The tour was documented on the 1977 album Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group -- Live.

After the Hammer tour, Beck retired to his estate outside of London and remained quiet for three years. He returned in 1980 with There and Back, which featured contributions from Hammer. Following the tour for There and Back, Beck retired again, returning five years later with the slick, Nile Rodgers-produced Flash. A pop/rock album recorded with a variety of vocalists, Flash featured Beck's only hit single, the Stewart-sung "People Get Ready," and also boasted "Escape," which won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental. During 1987, he played lead guitar on Mick Jagger's second solo album, Primitive Cool. There was another long wait between Flash and 1989's Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop with Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas. Though the album sold only moderately well, Guitar Shop received uniformly strong reviews and won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental. Beck supported the album with a tour, this time co-headlining with guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. Again, Beck entered semi-retirement upon the completion of the tour.

In 1992, Beck played lead guitar on Roger Waters' comeback album, Amused to Death. A year later, he released Crazy Legs, a tribute to Gene Vincent and his lead guitarist, Cliff Gallup, which was recorded with Big Town Playboys. Beck remained quiet after the album's release prior to resurfacing in 1999 with Who Else! You Had It Coming followed in 2001 and his 14th release, Jeff, was issued on Epic two years later. An excellent live set, Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, was released in 2008 by Eagle Records. Emotion & Commotion, Beck's first new studio album in seven years, appeared in the spring of 2010. It was greeted by considerable acclaim, including winning two Grammy Awards in 2011 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Appropriately, Beck released a live album called Live and Exclusive from the Grammy Museum in the fall of 2010, followed by Rock & Roll Party (Honoring Les Paul), a salute to Beck's hero featuring vocals by Imelda May. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi