Rolling Stone magazine lists Jeff Beck as No. 14 on its list of Top 100 “guitar gods” (Top Five: Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, B.B. King, the unknown guy playing with Beck on this song and of course Robert Johnson). And I don’t think that placement is really worth debating — being included at all on a list like that ought to be enough.
One of the prerequisites for inclusion into the guitar pantheon is the development of a signature sound that immediately identifies you. This song, “‘Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers,” displays the plaintive Beck sound very well. I love the way he lets you hear both sides of the final conversation, without a word being said.
Enjoy the weekend folks.