9 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This supergroup saw guitar hero Jeff Beck and the rhythm section from Vanilla Fudge and Cactus join forces for a single studio album. It’s a mountainous affair that features jazz-rock climbs of improvisation (“Why Should I Care”), dramatic bits of gospel/R&B (Don Nix’s “Sweet Sweet Surrender”), and four-on-the-floor highway blues (“Livin’ Alone”). They turn Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and Curtis Mayfield’s “I’m So Proud” into sweet boogie resurrections, while the lilting slide guitar of “Black Cat Moan” and the Cream-like “Lady” will no doubt satisfy fans of classic-era Beck. The sonics and songs have aged extremely well since this album's 1973 release.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This supergroup saw guitar hero Jeff Beck and the rhythm section from Vanilla Fudge and Cactus join forces for a single studio album. It’s a mountainous affair that features jazz-rock climbs of improvisation (“Why Should I Care”), dramatic bits of gospel/R&B (Don Nix’s “Sweet Sweet Surrender”), and four-on-the-floor highway blues (“Livin’ Alone”). They turn Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and Curtis Mayfield’s “I’m So Proud” into sweet boogie resurrections, while the lilting slide guitar of “Black Cat Moan” and the Cream-like “Lady” will no doubt satisfy fans of classic-era Beck. The sonics and songs have aged extremely well since this album's 1973 release.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

t. riebs ,

BBA

I STRONGLY disagree with the 'album review' above. Beck has a lot of stuff that can be left behind, but this
is not one of them. His partners on this album were one of the best rhythm sections in rock and it worked well.
Throw out the boring "Black Cat Moan" and this album is great! I don't think the reviewer above did anything but
glance at this album- "really loud and really hard"? "loud, lumbering record"? 'Oh,to love you' has a Beach Boys
sound, 'Sweet Surrender' and 'I'm So Proud' are ballads. "Lady" and "Livin' Alone" have wide fluctations in intensity
and volume. And Kgun was right on with his/her comment about 'Livin Alone'. Reviewer, what were you listening to?
Beck has a large catalog of great work. I count this among my favorites.

SVORM ,

Any Jeff Beck fan should check this out

Only musicians can really understand this blend. Just as the works of Weather Report and such. It took a ear to understand what was going on. At the time improvision in music was king in young music and the three of these guys could deal it out. I saw these guys in one of their rare performances in Memphis. Truly as raw and straight as Jeff Beck comes.

Kgun ,

It Works for Me

I liked it when it was first released and heard on FM when FM really was...well...FM.
Yea, this album is rough 'round the edges. The vocals are garage and the instruments collide quite frequently as in 'Why Should I Care' and 'Lose Myself With You' and I defy anyone to try and find a dance beat anywhere here... but... that guitar and those drums, if 'Livin Alone' doesn't make your body wanna move then you don't know driving, pounding, head on Rock and Roll.

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