Jeff Beck solo is a masterpiece

All I could say when I first heard this Jeff Beck/Tal Wilkenfeld guitar performance was Ohhhh!  over and over again. I was stunned and speechless.   Beck  is almost outplayed by the young Australian guitarist, Tal Wilkenfeld, who performs a poignant bass solo of  subtlety and tenderness.  Together they are simply sublime. 

The song is Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers by Stevie Wonder,  and Jeff and Tal are playing at Ronnie Scott’s in 2007.  I love the proud little look Tal shoots at Beck after her solo, as if to say “Top that!”  Jeff Beck has always been Jimmy Page’s arch rival as the best guitarist in the world.  I have always voted for Jimmy, but when I listen to this, I’m not sure.

There are so many Jeff Beck versions of this song, all of them totally different, and one is with Eric Clapton on bass.  Clapton is such a good guitarist, and he plays the bass part totally differently:   loudly, passionately, with a proud Spanish twist, great, but not such a wide range of emotions as the Tal version.    His interpretation is here Guitarist Doyle Bramhall is also magnificent. I love how he stands there quietly and unobtrusively, but when he plays his bit of the solo, his playing sounds more truthful than any of them.

This is a sexual, raunchy, version by Jeff Beck alone, heavy on the bass, which is wildly enthralling.  Jeff Beck really socks it to the audience with this one, as he grins exuberantly at the pounding bass.   I love the first,  understated version best though.  It is so beautiful.  OK, I have given you three versions to listen to, and you must listen to them all.

UPDATE: OMIGOD!  Here is an amazing fourth version of the song, featuring Jeff and Tal, performing live in Osaka in 2009.   More bluesie, with more funk.  Un-believable.

13 responses to “Jeff Beck solo is a masterpiece

  1. Jeff Beck has been the muttz nutz IMHO since forever, if you have not heard it then listen to a CD called Truth by Jeff Beck which features vocals by a then little known singer called Rod Stewart.

    Rod and Jeff doing one my favourite songs Morning Dew
    There are a number of other versions featuring different vocalists

    Third version of Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers works best for me

  2. It’s the second one for me. Love Clapton and Bramhall is great.

  3. Neil, I do know that CD, but thanks very much for the link. Rod Stewart has aged so well. He is still an amazing singer, and when you shove him next to Macca, he is still so sexy, unlike Macca. (not that he ever was, I never could stand him actually.)

  4. Doyle Bramhall is great and I think he outplays Jeff Beck here. Jeff reminds of of the guy in Spinal Tap with the back bends and extrovert posing.

    • Jerry, that is hilarious! Spinal Tap! Now you mention, he does a bit, the backward bend, and the extravagant gestures…… OMIGOD!

      I have always liked the introverted ones, like John Paul Jones and Doyle Bramhall, who quietly stand there and play so genuinely and sincerely. But Jeff Beck and Clapton are great, and it is so exciting to see them all playing together.

      My anathema is Mick Jagger. Cannot BEAR him. He’s more like that guy from RBS, Fred the Shred, than a rocker.

  5. Brilliant, just brilliant. I like the second version best.

  6. Секс-компресс – простой способ доставить девушке наслаждение Девочки, привет! Может кто порекомендует крем для сухой кожи лица, у меня Т зона кожа нормальная, а щеки и окола рта-очень сухая..Пробовала многие, кожу стягивает даже в последствии крема,подмазываю каждый день, с кремом для глаз такая же беда.Если у кого такая проблема есть, обращали , наверное, внимание, что основная масса кремов для гла-от мешков и темных кругов..а увляжняющих мало!
    Мне 32 года, использую еще маслами из аптеки, но мне может показаться на первый взгляд, что это не очень хорошо для кожи, создается эффект пленки, не знаю уже , что и делать..
    Только просьба, дорогие кремы ( Ланком, Диор и т.п.) не рекомендовать, финансово не потяну. Спасибо

  7. Mick Jagger Biography – A Legend in Classic Rock

    01.16.10

    Mick Jagger is one of the most well-known and highly respected musicians in the world. He is a living legend whose career has spanned 5 decades and he, with the help of his Rolling Stones band members, have sold millions of albums worldwide.

    So when did it all start? When did Mick Jagger decide he would be part of one of the most popular bands in the history of the world?

    He was born in Dartford, Kent (England) in on July 26th, 1943. Amazingly, he met Keith Richards at the tender age of 4, lost touch, then became reacquainted on a train in 1960. Mick left the London School of Economics to become a rock musician. The Rolling Stones formed between 1960 and 1962. Mick Jagger played the harmonica and was on lead vocals, Keith Richards and Brian Jones on guitar, Charlie Watts played the drums, Bill Wyman on bass. Their style was a mix of blues and rock, combining the styles of Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry.

    • Hallo Rudy. I found your reply very interesting, because I have always had a bit of a problem with the Stones. It is probably because of the way they treated Mick Taylor. Mick has ended up living in poverty, owed millions in royalties from the Stones, who never gave him a credit for his music, and for this reason, I have always been angry at the Stones; however, maybe I don’t know the full story?

  8. Развейте тему дальше. Интересно узнать подробности!!!

  9. Must agree with Mamsatmobby here.. Mick Jagger.. Keith Richards and company not only screwed Mick Taylor (The ONLY good guitarist they ever had (sorry Brian) but they sued the Verve for a song that sounded nothing like thiers, because they had a greedy manager and better lawyers. They were just a Chuck Berry cover band.. And that may be the reason why Chuck gave Richards a bunch of 5’s.. I would have done a better job.. BTW Jeff Beck is a living legend..

    • Aha! I am not the only one who sees the Stones for what they are. What they did to Mick Taylor was so out of order, it was lousy! Jeck Beck is my God. Supremely talented, omigod…… thanks Andy, loved your post.

  10. Angelstar.. You are making me blush.. Don’t get me wrong.. I really like some of the old original stones stuff like Gimme Shelter and Paint it Black and others.. But they are very nasty people, and no better than the Verve with thier plagerism. Mick Taylor brought some beautiful solo’s to the ya ya’s album and after that they were crap. I can even play way better that Richards, and I am not even in a band. Most overated guitarist on earth. (next to poor old Niel Young) 🙂
    Jeff Beck’s Wired, There and Back, and Blow by Blow, were so far ahead of thier time. He has mellowed a bit, but still surprisingly brilliant.

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