On tonight’s Travelin’ Music, the only Beck worth a listen

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.

383 comments Add your comment

stands for decibels

July 30th, 2010
3:55 pm

Some of your post got eated.

As for the list, to have Tom Verlaine of Television but not Richard Lloyd is nuts.

stands for decibels

July 30th, 2010
3:56 pm

Anyway, here are acoustic Pixies doing Monkey Gone to Heaven.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy1OE2C-ANw

Still apropos.

stands for decibels

July 30th, 2010
3:56 pm

I’ll call Squirrels downstairs.

HG3

July 30th, 2010
4:00 pm

JB – Don’t forget his Somewhere Over the Rainbow, or his People Get Ready with Rod Stewart. Both showstoppers. Especially the anthemic guitar tone in the latter.

Pogo

July 30th, 2010
4:03 pm

Jay, I don’t agree with you on practically anything. But Jeff Beck’s “Blow by Blow” is one of the best albums ever produced. Beck is one of the all-time greats in jazz/rock fusion. Good call.

Jay

July 30th, 2010
4:07 pm

i played that one til the grooves wore through to the other side, pogo.

Jay

July 30th, 2010
4:09 pm

Agreed, HG3. I love the guy’s work, but I imagine guitar players find things in him that the rest of us miss.

Finn McCool

July 30th, 2010
4:11 pm

I was never properly introduced to Jeff Beck. I should probably give Blow by Blow a listen.

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
4:12 pm

not exactly what you might expect from him…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1hijzkOrnk

Normal

July 30th, 2010
4:13 pm

Bobo Jenkins

July 30th, 2010
4:15 pm

Enter your comments here

Normal

July 30th, 2010
4:15 pm

Granny Godzilla

July 30th, 2010
4:17 pm

G Cancryn

July 30th, 2010
4:17 pm

stands for decibels

July 30th, 2010
4:19 pm

A guy who admits to not “getting” Stevie Ray Vaughan.

http://powerpop.blogspot.com/2010/07/true-confessions_29.html

just for those who are curious about such things.

He’s similarly not that into Zappa:

http://powerpop.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-frank-zappa-problem-and-yours.html

(I’m ambivalent about the former; used to think the world of the latter, now, more like “FZ, he was an ok high-schooler’s guitar hero.”)

stands for decibels

July 30th, 2010
4:19 pm

Yeah, GG, I hear “Beck” and I think Odelay.

(Certainly not that Glenn guy.)

Normal

July 30th, 2010
4:20 pm

..or this guy…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh3_SSZElXg

Gotta go again…date with my honey…

Southern Comfort

July 30th, 2010
4:21 pm

Jay

I don’t know about that list. There’s some good guitarist on that list, but I don’t think many of them would be gods. I’m guessing they limited it to not include bass guitarists. Very few bass guitarist could be considered gods, but here’s one from the godfather of bass, Larry Graham.

First, the technique that created his signature sound:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2_SreKsg2k

Then, here’s the finished product:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1IuD6F3R5I

Pogo

July 30th, 2010
4:22 pm

Didn’t matter if you were in the “right state of mind” or just listening at 7AM in the morning about to go to work. Becks Blow was feel good music.

Out of here to be “out on the weekend” so to speak. Or maybe, I should say “inside on the weekend”. Damn this global warming (that’s a joke son, that’s a joke)!

Jefferson

July 30th, 2010
4:27 pm

Skydog is my fav but JB is the master.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 30th, 2010
4:29 pm

rolling stone knows whining but music, eh, not so much.

Just sayin…

AmVet

July 30th, 2010
4:29 pm

Wow, just got back and already I’m deluge in an avalanche of guitar goodness.

Sweet.

Steve Howe. Nuff said…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPOTg-7pV64

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
4:31 pm

Had another one I had pulled up for him, but since the theme is master guitarists…Here’s to you President Sarkozy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5oGtZi47jE&feature=related

Lord Help Us

July 30th, 2010
4:34 pm

In addition to Beck, please don’t ever forget ‘Beck’er, Walter…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1ZV4Mx7tw8&feature=related

A true innovator, who should be on the list along with Carlos Santana and Mark Knopfler…

BADA BING

July 30th, 2010
4:41 pm

How many grooves are on one side of the standard 33 1/3 vinyl album?

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
4:43 pm

AmVet

July 30th, 2010
4:44 pm

LHU, not to go negative, but as the Scottish say, that list is CRAAAP!

But man, that Black Friday was outstanding. I’m bummed I only saw them once.

This guy didn’t make the list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKaiHamPT54

But thankfully this guy was.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On5372UztI0

Jay

July 30th, 2010
4:47 pm

good one, LHU. I was listening to that, and afterward cued up Kid Charlemagne, another great one.

Nice backup singers too, not that I noticed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylr2D4Pwn58&feature=related

Jay

July 30th, 2010
4:48 pm

How many grooves are on one side of the standard 33 1/3 vinyl album?

Bada Bing, it varies. For instance, there are none on a Perry Como LP.

J Greg

July 30th, 2010
4:50 pm

Jay, when you dis the Beck of “Loser” and “Where It’s At,” you hurt part of your readership base to the core. TO THE CORE, SIR!!!

All kidding aside, the song you selected is one of my favorite non-Rod Stewart and non-Yardbirds Jeff Beck tracks.

Safe travels.

BADA BING

July 30th, 2010
4:51 pm

Yes I have some blank ones, but on a recorded one, there is only one, one long continuous groove. Old joke.

Lord Help Us

July 30th, 2010
4:51 pm

Amvet, ‘I’m bummed I only saw them once.’

Don’t be too bummed. They were always better in the studio than live. Kind of a shame they didn’t even do live performances during their glory years. I have eight tracks, cassettes, albums, CD’s and MP3’s of everything they ever did…

Time for a some ‘Cuervo gold and fine coLUMbian…’ Tis’ the weekend…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzfwtX2kgOA

N-GA

July 30th, 2010
4:54 pm

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
4:56 pm

LHU
@ 4:51

Great minds…beat me to it… :-)

Lord Help Us

July 30th, 2010
4:56 pm

Thanks Jay,

Next time I see Scout, I’ll tell him…’we can’t dance together…we got nothin’ in common…’

BTW: the guitar rifts in Kid Charlemagne are some of my all time faves.

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
4:58 pm

N-GA

Beat you to it! 4:43…nut POGO got us both! :-)

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
4:59 pm

oops
@ 4:58
Make that BUT Pogo got…not out to be nasty…

Mick

July 30th, 2010
5:00 pm

Nice pick jay – the guy ilooks age less for someone in his 60’s, here’s beck and that “other” guitar god-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zeza1xeWKM

BADA BING

July 30th, 2010
5:04 pm

Where did ‘Steely Dan’ get their name? GOOGLE it , I can’t reveal it here.

Pogo

July 30th, 2010
5:07 pm

And damned proud to be a “nut” Josef! Today, if you aren’t one you probably should be one or else you might go CRAAAAAZYYY dude! FREEWAY JAM!

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
5:11 pm

Mick

July 30th, 2010
5:11 pm

Lord Help Us

July 30th, 2010
5:13 pm

Bada…Can’t remember, but when I called home the other day my wife said she had ‘Steely Dan on…’

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 30th, 2010
5:14 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The recovery is losing so much momentum that employers are unlikely to step up hiring anytime this year, and unemployment could return to double digits.

Aahhh, it seems as though Recovery Summer is only happening inside obozo’s head, just sayin…

As long as he’s livin it up…

Jay

July 30th, 2010
5:16 pm

Man, Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood (NOT on the list!!) back in their Faces days….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PVIt0gEyUc&feature=related

theyeshaveit

July 30th, 2010
5:19 pm

Anybody remember Faces? Rod Stewart does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vcm53fb4qFE

theyeshaveit

July 30th, 2010
5:21 pm

Ah, Jay, you beat me to the punch.

Jay

July 30th, 2010
5:22 pm

Well, you see, I’m a professional… :>)

RW-(the original)

July 30th, 2010
5:23 pm

How many grooves are on one side of the standard 33 1/3 vinyl album?

I’ll go with one. That needle didn’t take to hopping over the groove walls very well.

Don't forget

July 30th, 2010
5:23 pm

theyeshaveit

July 30th, 2010
5:27 pm

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
5:31 pm

So, how much attention do I pay to that silly queen? I just now caught the joke in Jay’s headline! Good one, Jay…NOW I know what you meant by the “only Beck worth listening to..” I was sorta offended by that… :-)

Jay

July 30th, 2010
5:35 pm

Eyes, we gotta do a soul night soon:

“Travelin’ on the SOUL Train”

theyeshaveit

July 30th, 2010
5:36 pm

I’m willing to travel…just not to Arizona. ;-)
I met this guy’s wife when I was bagging groceries on summer. She was pushing a stroller with twins in it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0janfcZ8LUw

theyeshaveit

July 30th, 2010
5:37 pm

Jay,

I hear you. Let’s do it!

@@

July 30th, 2010
5:40 pm

theyeshaveit

July 30th, 2010
5:42 pm

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
5:43 pm

“Travelin’ on the SOUL Train”

Got my vote!

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
5:50 pm

eyes
@ 5:42

That meat’s passed the USDA sell by date…but I do like the song…

Pogo

July 30th, 2010
5:53 pm

“Ron Wood’s Gay”! Not my words but the words of Jagger (Live if You Want It)! To that I say, “Who Cares”? My problem with Wood has always been that he is a mediocre guitarist. But hey, it payed his bills and he filled the niche, didn’t it? As far as that goes, as much as I liked about, let’s see, 10 or 12 Stones songs, the Stones were all pretty mediocre musicians, weren’t they? But the mediocrity in muscianship isn’t what rock and roll is about, is it? It is about the rawness of it and it is about the time that it happens. And “rawness” equates to originality. And in that vein, long live the New York Doll’s and Graham Parker.
This time, I am really out of here. I have “Mass Quantities” to consume.

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
5:57 pm

Okay, RW, ready to start the body parts… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0_XKOEtjKI

AmVet

July 30th, 2010
5:58 pm

Another rock and roll hootchie koo guitargod not on the list…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYkJxqKfhC0&feature=related

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
6:01 pm

But to ease the transition…some good guitar music AND body parts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH85zttgbGg

AmVet

July 30th, 2010
6:03 pm

Bruno

July 30th, 2010
6:10 pm

Howdy gang, back from the interview. Very strange interview, the guy was into asking “surprise” questions.

Anyway, great Beck choice, Jay. I’ll rest up for a while and see if I can come up with anything that complements it.

Southern Comfort

July 30th, 2010
6:17 pm

josef

If you want Soul Train, check the 2nd link on my 4:21 post. :)

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 30th, 2010
6:19 pm

The Rolling Stone list doesn’t include Chet Atkins. Any list of guitar players that doesn’t include Chester is a complete and utter joke; a total waste of time. Quite a few other people were left off as well.

Here’s a second generation player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ-J4bShkfM

It's a shame what he did to that dog

July 30th, 2010
6:19 pm

Nice link, Jay.

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
6:21 pm

SoCo
I did and I liked it…!!

RW-(the original)

July 30th, 2010
6:22 pm

Anybody here grow red, yellow, and/or orange bell peppers? I’ve got a few plants that are supposed to be those and they’re loaded with peppers but no matter how big they seem to get they stay green. I guess it’s possible that the store mislabeled the plants, but are they supposed to change color on the plant or should I be picking them green and letting them ripen somehow?

josef,

A takeover on page 1? Nervy

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
6:25 pm

Hillbilly, Bruno

SoCo’s soul train and y’all’s who recorded it first…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5OoQadZTPk

and who wrote it…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nVSPoOOlcM

Bruno

July 30th, 2010
6:27 pm

SC–I’ve been saving this soul number for you for a while. After all, you are our resident “Ghetto Child”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coCGDvJQBBo&feature=related

@@

July 30th, 2010
6:27 pm

RW:

Leave ‘em on the bush…they’ll eventually turn. Peppers prefer cooler weather. Watch ‘em take off in September.

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
6:29 pm

RW
Nervy? I prefer chutzpah…we’re pushy, don’t ya know…

And just for that…a little rodney carrington for ya! :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIqttbRlJUQ

AmVet

July 30th, 2010
6:29 pm

I’m not sure, RW. But that doesn’t sound irght. But hey! What the hell do I know?

But I tell you what, orange cauliflower disturbs me a little.

Hillbilly they had Betts at 58th. Huh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls3QhkhO4Sc&feature=related

And from number 83…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPL9MQHfIx8

@@

July 30th, 2010
6:30 pm

RW:

OR you can pick ‘em now. Red peppers are a green pepper that’s fully ripe, yellow, almost ripe and green isn’t a ripe pepper.

They’re really all the same pepper.

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
6:31 pm

RW
What @@ said…don’t rush it…

Bruno

July 30th, 2010
6:32 pm

“Anybody here grow red, yellow, and/or orange bell peppers?”

Well, I’m from Jersey, one of the pepper growing capitals of the world. Many types of peppers are yellow or red throughout their entire growth cycle (e.g. banana peppers), others only turn yellow or red in late maturity. I think it ultimately depends on the type, although the WIki article I found about peppers suggests that growing conditions may have something to do with it also.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_pepper

@@

July 30th, 2010
6:33 pm

Oh, and orange is just past the yellow stage, closer to ripe than yellow.

Dave R.

July 30th, 2010
6:33 pm

Sorry for breaking the thread so early on a Friday night, but after listening to Rep. Anthony Weiner (D)-NY try to defend his rant and his leadership’s pitiful attempt to score political points on the House floor yesterday, he’s one of the few members of Congress with an appropriate last name.

Just sayin’. . .

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 30th, 2010
6:37 pm

This guy didn’t make the list either and the band isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which shows the Hall of Fame is a joke, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0L5LD7GZxc

RW-(the original)

July 30th, 2010
6:39 pm

They’re really all the same pepper.

@@,

Thanks, but why do they call them green, yellow, orange, and red in the plant store?

Southern Comfort

July 30th, 2010
6:40 pm

Bruno

I saw you on the blog earlier this week and thought about you when this one came up on my mp3 player at work…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL0oz8vmBw4

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 30th, 2010
6:43 pm

Don’t think this guy made the list either.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6g4K-ZALWE

@@

July 30th, 2010
6:45 pm

Thanks, but why do they call them green, yellow, orange, and red in the plant store?

To fool you into thinking you’re getting somethin’ special.

Bruno

July 30th, 2010
6:45 pm

AmVet–I agree with you that Steve Howe is a guitar genius, although “Roundabout” may be my least favorite YES song. Probably because it was played to death in the early 70s. A much more sophisticated song from that same album:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp3JbC3oOMg

RW-(the original)

July 30th, 2010
6:46 pm

To fool you into thinking you’re getting somethin’ special.

Oh…(ISH)….good thing those rascals didn’t charge extra for the colorful ones.

Bruno

July 30th, 2010
6:47 pm

SC–Enjoyed the Larry Graham selection. I still play the Graham Central Station album “Release Yourself” with some frequency.

I’ve got your Curtis Mayfield selection queued up next.

@@

July 30th, 2010
6:48 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 30th, 2010
6:49 pm

josef nix

July 30th, 2010
6:50 pm

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 30th, 2010
6:51 pm

RW- Skip a few days of watering.

Bruno

July 30th, 2010
6:51 pm

“Don’t think this guy made the list either.”

I’m with you, HD, that all those “greatest” lists are highly subjective, and often include some artists who somehow made it in via “political correctness” only. Don’t know if you ever heard the Isley’s version of the old Seals and Croft song “Summer Breeze”, but they add a lot of soul to it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T88fbHOmvRk

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

July 30th, 2010
6:54 pm

I do that with the Habaneros just to make them extra ferocious.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 30th, 2010
6:56 pm

Wonder if the guys who made the list can do hammers and pull-offs like this? ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M0IM28uyoQ

RW-(the original)

July 30th, 2010
6:58 pm

Andy,

I’ve got a crop of jalapenos that are WAY over the heat limit they’re supposed to have this year. I blame global warming. They sure are tasty though

Southern Comfort

July 30th, 2010
6:58 pm

Bruno

A while back when I was researching the origins of the funk genre, everything related to the bass came back to Larry. I remember listening to Graham Central growing up, but I didn’t know the profound effect he had on music until much later on.

josef

I’m working on my Mayfield collection. For me, Mayfield, Barry White, and Isaac Hayes personified the 70’s music scene. I don’t think urban radio would be what it is without those three. To top it off, I think they were all self-taught score writers who put together full orchestral scores.

RW-(the original)

July 30th, 2010
6:59 pm

Thanks for the link, Bruno.

@@,

Should I go dig out some speakers?

Bruno

July 30th, 2010
7:01 pm

Sure, RW, one big, happy dysfunctional family here on the JB blog.

Mick

July 30th, 2010
7:01 pm