10 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jeff Beck's solo debut is a musical exercise in controlled chaos, forming the link between British blues groups like The Yardbirds (Beck’s former band) and American proto-punks like MC5. “Shapes of Things” kicks things off, its centre constantly shifting between Beck’s distorted guitar, Mickey Waller’s lurching drums, and Rod Stewart’s howling vocals. On “I Ain’t Superstitious” (a Willie Dixon tune), the rhythm section locks into a heavy, start-stop blues groove, which Beck uses as a launchpad to rocket his guitar solos into the sky.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jeff Beck's solo debut is a musical exercise in controlled chaos, forming the link between British blues groups like The Yardbirds (Beck’s former band) and American proto-punks like MC5. “Shapes of Things” kicks things off, its centre constantly shifting between Beck’s distorted guitar, Mickey Waller’s lurching drums, and Rod Stewart’s howling vocals. On “I Ain’t Superstitious” (a Willie Dixon tune), the rhythm section locks into a heavy, start-stop blues groove, which Beck uses as a launchpad to rocket his guitar solos into the sky.

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