‘Loud Hailer’ Speaks “Volumes” About Beck’s Talent, Importance

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Legendary guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck will release his latest live recording this fall.  The recording, Live at the Hollywood Bowl, will be released Oct. 6 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  Considering that this is still August, that is a while to wait. Beck’s fans do have something to satiate themselves while they wait for that recording’s release, though in the form of his most recent recording Loud Hailer.  The 11-song studio recording was released July 15, 2016 via Rhino Records, and was his first full-length studio recording – at the time – in six years.  While more than a year has passed since its original release, it still speaks just as loudly (yes, that awful pun was fully intended) today as it did in its original release.  That is due to the songs’ diverse musical arrangements and their equally diverse range of lyrical topics.  The record’s opener, ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ supports that statement.  The same can be said of the deeply moving ‘Scared For The Children’ and of the funky ‘O.I.L.’ Each song in its own way shows why this record stands out.  When set alongside its other eight songs, the whole of the songs proves that this record speaks volumes about not only Jeff Beck but also his fellow musicians.

Jeff Beck’s latest live recording Live Hailer is a work that speaks volumes about the legendary guitarist’s place in today’s music community.  It says loud and clear that he is still one of the industry’s elite artists.  That is made evident from the album’s outset in the form of ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.’  This infectious blues-rock composition is a slow but heavy and is a solid starting point for the album.  That is thanks to the pairing (in this critic’s view) of Beck with fellow guitarist Carmen Vandenberg. The pair’s work conjures thoughts of some of rock’s greatest blues-based works past and present.  Drummer Davide Sollazi and bassist Giovanni Pallotti partner to add even more depth to the song’s arrangement. Singer Rosie Bones’ vocal delivery (and the effects used to enhance that delivery) put the finishing touch to the song’s arrangement.  When all of the noted parts are joined as one, they make this arrangement a work that easily sticks in listeners’ minds.  With this in mind, the song’s arrangement is only one part of what makes it stand out. Its lyrical content is just as important to note.

The lyrical content at the center of ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ is presented in more spoken word fashion than singing. It finds Bones stating, “The revolution will be televised/You can watch in HD/You talk like a weekend warrior/From the safety of your city/The graphics won’t be as realistic as Grand Theft Auto 3/Guess that makes the wheel unwheelable/This s**** real baby/I think you’d better turn the volume down/So you can’t hear them plea/Suppose you’d better change the channel…the revolution will be televised and you can choose to watch or not/But if we all just talk from the safety of our sofas there won’t be much of a revolution to watch.”  Bones comes across as making a social commentary here, saying the revolution will only happen, but only if people get out and get involved instead of sitting at home hiding behind keyboards and in front of their televisions.  That is just this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  When this is set against Bones’ spoken word style delivery of that seeming message, it makes the song that much heavier.  When her delivery and statement join with the song’s already heavy musical arrangement, the whole of those elements shows clearly this song is a solid starter for Loud Hailer and – in itself – why Loud Hailer speaks so loudly.  It is just one of the songs that stands out in this record.  ‘Scared for the Children,’ which comes a little later in the record’s sequence, shows just as much why Loud Hailer speaks volumes.

‘Scared For The Children’ stands out just as much as ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ because it is so in a way that is completely unlike its counterparts on this album.  Musically speaking the song is another blues-based composition.  But its gentile, ethereal  melody – driven largely by Beck – is one that evokes such powerful emotions in itself.  If not for the obvious social commentary at the heart of its lyrics, the song’s musical arrangement could be interpreted as a romantic work or something meant to evoke thoughts of other innocence.  When it is joined with the noted commentary, it makes the song in whole one of those works that is heavy without having to be heavy. The commentary in question addresses how far the world has fallen over time.  That is evident as Bones sings in the song’s lead verse, “Billy skipped school again/Lookin’ like a fool again/What a little waste/For a taste of a big boy’s life/I’m scared for the children/Computer screens and magazines/Manufactured hopes and dreams/Playin’ in a comfy box/Cause mother’s got her shows to watch/I’m scared for the children/This is the end of the age of the innocent/One more game before they go/This is the end of the age of the innocent/What do we leave them with/I suppose we’ll never know.  The concern continues as Bones sings about “little boys having too much fun playing with a big boy’s gun’ and an old man “kissing the last blade of grass” as “the last bird dies.”  Again, Bones makes a very heavy statement here.  What is so interesting here is that in so many cases, one might expect such powerful statements to be more forceful and coupled with a much harder-edged composition.  Yet even in this setting both elements work so well alone and partnered.  When they are joined, they make ‘Scared For The Children’ a song that will most definitely stick with listeners just as much as ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised,’ proving yet again why Loud Hailer speaks so loudly to Beck’s continued place in the musical universe.  It is not the last of the record’s songs that serves to support that statement, either.  ‘O.I.L.,’ the album’s penultimate composition is one more example of what makes Loud Hailer another bold statement from Jeff Beck.

‘O.I.L.,’ like ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ and ‘Scared For The Children’ is another clear example of why Jeff Beck’s latest full-length studio recording is another bold, loud statement from the veteran guitarist.  That is evident in part through the song’s infectious old-school funk-based arrangement.  The arrangement plays out like the best works from Sly and the Family Stone, Parliament Funkadelic and other similar acts.  Even more interesting is the infusion of Beck’s blues influence into that arrangement.  The coupling of those styles works surprisingly well.  The song’s lyrical content adds even more interest for listeners as Bones seems to sing about celebrating life, but in a clean way, even going so far as to say she doesn’t want to use drugs to celebrate.  It’s a simple statement, but a positive one nonetheless.  Bones’ seeming celebratory lyrics, coupled with the song’s equally celebratory arrangement, is certain to put a smile on any listener’s face and have any listener dancing along. Keeping that in mind, that whole stands out from the previously discussed songs and the rest of the album’s songs.  That being the case, that continued diversity and originality (musically and lyrically), shows once more why Loud Hailer is such a standout album.  When the song is joined with its counterparts, the whole of those songs makes Loud Hailer a work that says loud and clear that Jeff Beck is still one of the most important names in the musical universe today.

Jeff Beck’s latest full-length studio recording Loud Hailer is a work that proves from start to finish was well worth the — at the time – long six-year wait. That is due to the diversity displayed throughout in its musical and lyrical content.  From the musically heavy to the emotionally heavy to points in between, this record offers plenty for every listener.  That is proven in part through the songs discussed here.  That is not to discount the other eight songs that make up the rest of the record’s body.  All things considered, the musical and lyrical content presented in this record makes it a work that says loud and proud that Jeff Beck is still one of the musical universe’s elite artists.  Loud Hailer is available now in stores and online.  More information on the album (as well as his upcoming live recording Live in Hollywood – set for release Oct. 6 via Eagle Rock Entertainment) is available online along with Beck’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock, Jeff Beck Partner For Another New Live Recording

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Jeff Beck has partnered with Eagle Rock Entertainment once again to bring audiences his latest live recording.

Live at the Hollywood Bowl is currently scheduled to be released Friday, Oct. 6 in stores and online. It will be available on DVD + 2CD combo pack, Blu-ray + 2 CD combo pack and DVD + 3 LP combo pack exclusively via PledgeMusic. The DVD + 2CD combo pack will retail for MSRP of $29.98, the Blu-ray + 2 CD combo pack for $32.98 and DVD + 3LP combo pack for $49.99.

The 21-song set includes a number of songs from Beck’s own catalogue as well as covers of some equally well-known songs including Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ and Aerosmith’s ‘Train Kept A Rollin.’’ It also features guest appearances from Steven Tyler, Beth Hart, Buddy Guy, Billy F. Gibbons, Jan Hammer and Jimmy Hall.  The concert’s full set list is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1) The Revolution Will Be Televised

2) Over Under Sideways Down

3) Heart Full Of Soul

4) For Your Love

5) Beck’s Bolero

6) Medley: Rice Pudding / Morning Dew

7) Freeway Jam

8) You Never Know

9) ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers

10) Star Cycle

11) Blue Wind

12) Big Block

13) I’d Rather Go Blind

14) Let Me Love You

15) Live In The Dark

16) Scared For The Children

17) Rough Boy

18) Train Kept A’Rollin’

19) Shapes Of Things

20) A Day In The Life

21) Purple Rain

Audiences can view a trailer for the recording online now here.

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ZZ Top’s New Live Compilation Will Be Welcome In Any Fan’s Music Library

Courtesy: Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

ZZ Top has released a new live recording for its fans.  The veteran trio’s new live compilation record Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World will be released this Friday, September 16th in stores and online.  The new live collection of live performances is being billed as the band’s first “live album.”  It should be noted right now that this term should be used very loosely.  That is because it is not the band’s first ever live recording.  The band has already released three albums before this latest offering—Live From Texas (2008), Double Down Live (2009) and Live at Montreux 2013 (2014).  So even though it obviously is not the band’s first live recording, it is still an enjoyable collection of live ZZ Top performances.  That is due in part to the songs that make up the body of the compilation.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note as the songs that were chosen for the record.  Last but hardly least of note in this recording is its production.  That includes both the sound editing and the transitions from song to song.  Each element is important in its own way to the record’s presentation.  All things considered, Live Greatest Hits From Around The World is another live record that any ZZ Top fans will welcome to their music libraries.

ZZ Top’s new live compilation record LiveGreatest Hits From Around The World is not the band’s first live recording despite it being billed as such.  That aside it is still another live offering from the veteran trio that any ZZ Top fan will welcome to his or her music library.  That is due in part to the record’s “set list.”  The set list features performances that were taken from a number of the band’s previous tours and songs that are some of the band’s most beloved songs. Those songs include the likes of ‘Cheap Sunglasses,’ ‘Legs,’ ‘Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide,’ and many others.  It also features a performance of ‘Rough Boy’ with Jeff Beck from the band’s most recent tour and even a cover of the classic ‘Sixteen Tons.’  While the songs are just a glimpse into the band’s extensive catalogue it does reach somewhat far back into that catalogue, namely to 1973’s Tres Hombres and as recent as 1994’s Antenna.  So, one could argue that the compilation’s “set list” is limited.  There is no denying that.  But at the time, that it is limited also means that listeners are getting some of ZZ Top’s best live performances; not all but some.  To that end, the record’s chosen songs (and performances) are in themselves important positives to note in examining this live compilation’s set presentation.  They are collectively just part of what makes the record welcome in fans’ music libraries.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note in the record’s presentation as the songs and performances that make up its body.

The songs and performances that are featured in Live Greatest Hits From Around The World are in themselves hugely important to the record’s presentation.  They present what are some of the band’s best live performances and some of its most beloved songs.  They are collectively just one important part of the record’s presentation.  The band’s stage presence is just as important to note here as the featured songs and performances.  The band’s stage presence is so important to note first and foremost because so far, this compilation is only available on CD.  Usually when a live recording is presented on CD, it is extremely difficult for given acts to translate their stage presence to audiences.  That is why so many live recordings today are available just as much on DVD and Blu-ray as on CD if not more so.  In the case of this record though, the band’s stage presence translates quite well believe it or not.  Maybe that is because of the record’s production—which will be discussed shortly—or maybe it’s related to something else. Regardless audiences can actually see the band—Billy Gibbons (guitar, vocals), Dusty Hill (bass, vocals), and Frank Beard (drums)—performing with full clarity.  That is rare for any act’s live recording.  It is a testament to the band’s ability to entertain its audiences even today regardless of live or semi-live.  It is just one more important part of the record’s presentation.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The songs and performances that make up the heart of ZZ Top’s new live recording and the band’s stage presence in each are all important in their own way to Live Greatest Hits From Around The World’s presentation. As important as each element is to the record’s presentation, they are not its only important element.  The record’s production is just as important to its presentation as any other element that was and wasn’t noted here.  The record was produced by the band and joined by Carl Stubner and Blain Clausen (something that people who download the album probably wouldn’t know since they don’t have those liner notes that add so much to an album’s experience).  The fact that the band had a direct role in the record’s production is perhaps to thank for the band’s stage presence translating so clearly.  It could even be argued that the band’s direct role in the record’s production is why the sound is mixed so expertly, too.  Considering this it makes sense now why the overall listening experience in this record is so enjoyable even with it being a compilation record.  In the same vein the transitions between songs are just as clean.  Even something as minute as that plays its own major role in a live recording’s presentation.  It is what keeps audiences engaged after a performance ends and before the next performance begins.  Now, keeping all of this in mind, it is clear why the record’s production is just as important to its presentation as its songs and performances, and the band’s stage presence.  When all three elements are set against each other, they paint a picture of a record that, again, any ZZ Top fan will welcome in his or her own music library.

Live – Greatest Hits From Around the World is not ZZ Top’s first live record.  But it is a record that any ZZ Top fan will welcome into his or her music library.  Whether for its chosen songs and performances, the band’s stage presence, or for its production, there is plenty to say to the positive about this record.  The only downside to the entire thing is that it is not available on DVD or Blu-ray.  All things considered, there is plenty that audiences will appreciate about this live ZZ Top compilation.  All of those positives make this record one that any ZZ Top fan will welcome into his or her music library.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on the record is available online now along with all of ZZ Top’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Beck Announces New Upcoming Album, Tour Dates

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Courtesy: MadInk PR

Jeff Beck has a new album on the way and new tour dates to boot.

The veteran guitarist announced this week that he will release his new album this summer.  The as yet untitled album is currently scheduled to be released Friday, July 15th.  He will also release his new book Beck01 the same week on Tuesday, July 12th.  It will be published by Genesis Publications.  The upcoming album will be Beck’s first full-length studio recording in more than six years.  His last full-length album was Emotion & Commotion.  It was released in spring of 2010.  Cover art, track listing, and more information on Beck’s new album will be announced as the album’s release date nears.

Courtesy:  Genesis Publications

Courtesy: Genesis Publications

Beck01 isn’t just another music memoir.  Rather it traces Beck’s music and cars—more specifically hot rods—and will feature some 400+ rare and previously unseen photographs and items of memorabilia.  The whole thing is narrated by a nearly 20,000 word manuscript.  The limited edition book will also be signed by Beck himself.  It can be ordered online via Genesis Publications’ online store.

 

Both Beck’s new album and book will be supported by a handful of live performances beginning Tuesday, July 19th in Port Chester, New York.  Fellow guitar legend Buddy Guy will join Beck on a number of those dates.  The tour also includes a special performance on Wednesday, August 10th at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate Beck’s now five decades-long career.  The first leg of the tour is a run of dates in the northeast and runs through July 26th in Holmdel, NJ.  On July 27th and 29th Beck will be in Vienna, VA and Canandaigua, NY respectively before playing a pair of dates in the Midwest to close out July.  He will open August with a performance in Nashville, TN on Wednesday, August 3rd.  A new group of tour dates was announced this week.  It includes performances in the Midwest and west coast.  The complete tour schedule, including newly announced dates, is available via Beck’s official website and Facebook page.  Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8th for all dates EXCEPT Kansas City (available Saturday, April 16th), Seattle, WA (available Friday, April 22nd), and Saratoga, CA (Available TBA).

 

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Jeff Beck Announces Special Live Show For This Summer

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Jeff Beck announced this week plans for a very special concert to be held later this year.

Beck announced this week that he will return to the Hollywood Bowl this summer to celebrate two very big anniversaries. The legendary musician and former Yardbirds guitarist will perform live on Wednesday, August 10th at the famed music landmark as a celebration to mark fifty years in the music industry. The concert will also serve as a celebration to mark the 80th birthday of legendary bluesman Buddy Guy. Beth Hart will also be on hand as a special guest for the event. In discussing Guy’s inclusion in the event, Beck spoke more as a fan of Guy and his extensive body of work than a fellow musician, noting that “Sharing the stage and this moment with Buddy is a dream for me.” He went on to note the importance of Guy’s live shows and his continued influence in the music community even today saying, “His live concerts are legendary and the music world would be a very boring place without his influence.”

Tickets for the concert are available online now at http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/ or via phone at 323-850-2000. Group ticket sales begin Tuesday, February 16th and “Five or More packages will go on sale March 15th. Individual tickets can be purchased in person from The Hollywood Bowl’s box office beginning May 1st.

Beck has been working on his first book, Beck01 in recent months. The book is currently expected to be published via the London-based Genesis Publishing Group. The book will be available in a very limited number of copies, each signed by the veteran musician. The book focuses on Beck’s two main loves, hot-rodding and music. Along with completing his debut literary offering Beck also is working on an officially sanctioned documentary and his autobiography.

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Music’s Past, Present, And Future Come Together In 2015’s Best New Live CDs List

Going to see live shows is anything but cheap. Anyone that has ever been to one will attest to that. Regardless of whether the show is close by or a long drive, it seems going to see shows nowadays is anything but cheap. Not to mention it’s not always easy because of time constraints. Weekday and weeknight shows are anything but easy just because of scheduling regardless of whether or not one has a family. So that leaves the question what is one to do in place of going to see a show? The answer: Pick up one’s favorite live recording on CD or DVD/Blu-ray. Both formats offer their own pros and cons. And in many cases, what is available on CD might not necessarily be available on DVD/Blu-ray or vice versa. That leads to the need for a list both for the year’s best new live CDs and new live DVDs/BDs. For the sake of this list the attention will go to the year’s best new live CDs. This year’s list includes a number of live CDs that were not accompanied by live DVDs and Blu-rays. Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck’s new live CD Live + is one of those that only received the CD treatment. It topped this year’s list. Saxon’s The Saxon Chronicles is another live CD that didn’t get the companion DVD/BD treatment. It’s on the list, too as is Birth of Joy’s Live at UBU, Jimi Hendrix’s Atlanta Pop Festival performance, and Zodiac’s The Road Tapes Volume 1. In other cases such as The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” recordings, audiences were lucky enough to get the recordings in complete packages. The same applies with Whitechapel’s Brotherhood of the Blade. These are just some of the titles that made the cut for this year’s list of the year’s best new live CD recordings. This was by no means an easy list to assemble. So no offense is meant against any recording that was left off the list. Set lists had to be taken into account as well as production values and also the acts’ stage presence. Taking all of that into account the following is the final list. Without any further ado I offer to you, dear readers, 2015’s Top New Live CDs.

2015 TOP NEW LIVE CDS

1. JEFF BECK — LIVE +

2. CARLOS SANTANA/JOHN MCLAUGHLIN — LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011

3. LYNYRD SKYNYRD — SWEET HOME ALABAMA

4. DARYLL HALL AND JOHN OATES — LIVE IN DUBLIN

5. TESSERACT — ODYSSEY

6. JIMI HENDRIX — ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL

7. ZODIAC — THE ROAD TAPES VOLUME 1

8. WHITECHAPEL — BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE

9. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: LIVE AT THE TOKYO DOME

10. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: LIVE IN LEEDS

11. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: THE MARQUEE CLUB LIVE IN 1971

12. EUROPE — WAR OF KINGS (SPECIAL EDITION WITH WACKEN OPEN AIR 2015 CONCERT)

13. SAXON — THE SAXON CHRONICLES

14. EMERSON, LAKE, & PALMER — LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011

15. BIRTH OF JOY — LIVE AT UBU

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Beck’s New Live CD Is A Welcome Addition To Any Fan’s Collection

Courtesy:  ATCO/Rhino Records

Courtesy: ATCO/Rhino Records

Later this month, veteran guitarist Jeff Beck will release a brand new live recording titled Live+. The recording, which will be released only on CD, will be released on Tuesday, May 19th. The disc is a great new collection of live performances for audiences of all ages. The main reason for this is the list of songs that make up the disc’s sixteen total tracks. The disc’s body is composed of fourteen live tracks and two brand new studio tracks. The live tracks include both Beck’s own originals and some cover tunes that audiences of all ages will recognize and enjoy. The work of those charged with handling the record’s sequencing is just as much worth noting. The songs featured on this record come from a number of shows held during Back’s 2014 tour with ZZ Top. Despite this, they weren’t just tossed around haphazardly. Rather they were placed in a specific order that guarantees audiences will remain just as engaged as if they all came from one single performance. Having noted this, there is one more positive that can be noted of Live+. That last positive is the disc’s overall audio mix. Every little nuance of the performances is captured thanks to the work of those responsible for handling both the original concert audio and those charged with balancing said levels in the disc’s “post-production.” Taking into consideration all three elements noted here, Live+ proves itself to be another good addition to any Jeff Beck fan’s music library even if it is available only via CD and digital download.

Live+ is a good addition to any Jeff Beck fan’s music library. This is the case even with the collection of live performances being available mainly via CD and digital download. The reason that it proves itself worth the addition is the list of songs that makes up the body of the record. The record is composed of sixteen tracks. Fourteen of those tracks are live tracks and two are brand new studio recordings from Beck. In listening to the fourteen live performances that make up most of this record, audiences will appreciate that it includes both familiar originals from Beck and some familiar songs from other artists, too. The covers include Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing,’ ‘Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come,’ ‘Mahavishnu Orchestra’s ‘You Know You Know,’ and a pair of tunes from The Beatles in the form of ‘A Day in The Life’ and ‘Hammerhead.’ There’s even an interesting take on the traditional song ‘Danny Boy.’ and an impressive take on Stevie Wonder’s hit song ‘Superstition.’ The original songs from Beck that were included across the disc include: ‘Morning Dew,’ ‘Big Block,’ ‘Why Give It Away,’ and ‘Loaded’ are just some of Beck’s originals featured throughout the record. Some might ask what this is important to the whole of the record. It is important in that it shows Beck’s versatility. It shows that along with handling his own works with just as much ease as ever, he has a certain respect for music and musicians across the musical universe. Those that are familiar with all of the songs featured here will second that sentiment while those that might be new to both Beck’s originals and the covers he handles will agree just as much as they discover both for the first time ever.

The songs that are included across the body of Live+ are in themselves key to the record’s enjoyment. That is because they put on display Beck’s versatility as a musician as well as his respect for other musicians and musical acts across the musical universe. On a related note, the work of those charged with handling the sequencing of the songs are to be commended. Their work makes the overall listening experience through each song all the more enjoyable. As audiences will note, from song to song, those charged with handling the record’s sequencing never stick to just one style of song. The more energetic, up-tempo songs are complemented quite well by their slower, more reserved counterparts from beginning to end. As inconsequential as this may seem, it is extremely important. It is especially important in the realm of live recordings. Musical acts assemble set lists that will keep their audiences fully engaged at the actual concerts that they hold. This compilation of live performances was set up in much the same fashion even being compiled from a number of live sets. It is a tribute to their efforts and attention to such an important detail along with that of Beck himself. It’s one more reason audiences will agree that Live+ is another good addition to any Jeff Beck fan’s personal music library.

Both the set list that makes up the body of Live+ and the work of those charged with handling the sequencing of said songs are important to the whole of the recording in their own right. Neither would be of any consequence without the work of those charged with handling the performances’ audio. This includes both those that handled the audio at Beck’s performances with ZZ Top last year and those that handled the audio levels in “post-production.” That is those that handled the audio levels in preparation for the recording’s release. It’s thanks to their work that singer Jimmy Hall blows audiences away with his powerhouse vocals. It is thanks to them that Becks work shines through just as much both during his time in the limelight and as a member of the musical collective on stage. Even more impressive is that throughout the course of the record’s live performances, every part is balanced with the utmost expertise. This includes not only Hall’s vocal talents and Beck’s talents on guitar, but the talents of their band mates–Jonathan Joseph (drums), Rhonda Smith (bass), and Nicholas Meier (guitar)–too. No one part overpowers the other at any point throughout the performances. The end result is a collection of performances that once more proves itself another worthy addition to any Jeff Beck fan’s personal music library.

Jeff Beck’s new live recording Live+ shows plenty of reason for his fans to add this recording to their personal music libraries when it is released this month. The mix of original songs and covers shows both Beck and his band mates as quite the versatile group of musicians. It shows them as musicians that are not only greatly talented but that have great respect for other equally renowned acts. The work of those charged with sequencing the various performances is just as noteworthy. That is because the mood of the recording’s live songs doesn’t stick to just one style. The more energetic, up-tempo pieces are expertly complemented by more laid back, reserved pieces from beginning to end. The end result of that expert balance is a collection of performances that will keep audiences fully engaged from the collection’s first performance to its fourteenth. The work of those charged with handling the performances’ audio both in their live setting and in post production have made Live+ enjoyable, too. It is thanks to the work of those individuals that the performances sound so good from beginning to end. That element taken into consideration with the compilation’s set list and the work of those that assembled said set list proves Live+ in the long run to be a live recording that every Jeff Beck fan will want to add to their personal music library. That isn’t to ignore the record’s two new studio recordings, either. They add even more enjoyment to the record. Having noted all of this it can be said with certainty that Jeff Beck’s upcoming live CD Live+ deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Jeff Beck is currently wrapping up a handful of makeup dates with ZZ Top that were previously postponed last year. The dates in question were postponed due to an injury sustained by ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill. The last of those dates is tomorrow, May 10th. After that date, Beck will embark on a nine-date solo tour that kicks off next Tuesday, May 12th in Louisville, KY. That schedule is listed below.

Jeff Beck Newly Added Solo Dates – on sale dates noted:

May 12 The Kentucky Center –Whitney Hall Louisville, KY*

May 14 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI ***

May 15 Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH*

May 16 PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH

May 17 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN

May 19 Fox Theater St. Louis, MO *

May 21 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL **

May 22 Riverside Theatre Milwaukee, WI*

May 23 State Theater Minneapolis, MN*

*on sale April 10

** on sale April 11

*** on sale April 17

Live+ will be available in stores and online Tuesday, May 19th. It will retail for MSRP of $18.98 in physical form. More information on this recording, Beck’s upcoming re-issue of Live at Ronnie Scott’s and any of his other recordings is available online now along with all of the latest updates on his tour schedule and other news at:

Website: http://www.jeffbeck.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jeffbeck

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeffbeckmusic

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