Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Can't Find His Way Home

After reading the Rolling Stone cover story about Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton, I became even more frustrated than I was while writing Monday's post about last Thursday's show. These two giants sat comfortably in Beck's living room, sipping tea and eating toasted cheese sandwiches while trading Elmore James licks and heaping praise upon each other for the work they'd done on such classics as "Five Live Yardbirds," "Beck-Ola," and "John Mayall's Bluesbreakers." Clapton raves about "Shapes Of Things." Beck raves about "Telephone Blues," a Bluesbreakers b-side.

"When Eric is in full flower, in the blues, you can't get close to that. The timing-the actual breakdown of the phrases--is so unique."

They mention an Albert Collins' tune, Lonnie Mack's "Wham," which Beck starts to play, as well as a Charles Mingus suite as possible set choices for the upcoming tour.

Also in the article, Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers talks about Clapton's historic guest spot with the band during last March's NYC run at the Beacon Theatre. "He went back in time a little with his attack, the overall letting go." The article goes on to say that Haynes was especially blown away by Clapton's meaty soaring the second night during "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed."

"His solo was filled with reckless abandon."

Clapton said, "I haven't played like that since 1967."


And now, "I've Got A Rock & Roll Heart."

(I kid.)

Here are both "Elizabeth Reed" and "Telephone Blues."


(Clapton kicks in at the 7:28 mark)


charlie c. said...

Thank you Sal -- I will listen forthwith. Not much to be gained by stepping on Superman's cape . . . I think Haynes and Trucks pushed him like his tea and crumpets buddy could not! Not now . . .

steve simels said...

I feel the same about "Rock and Roll Heart" as I do about Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll."

Which is to say I want to smack everybody involved with their creation upside the head whenever I hear them on the radio. What the fuck were they thinking?

But while we're on the subject of the Bluesbreakers, can we raise a glass to Hughie Flint's world's all-time worst drum solo on "What I'd Say"?

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

How about a Jeff Beck Weekend Mix?

FD13NYC said...

Again, it's all about the money Steve. Can never, ever be what it once was. We all just have to live with it, period.

Anonymous said...

A rich old white musician isnt as exciting as he was 40 years ago?

File that story in the "dog bites man" section I think.....


charlie c. said...

Beck Shmeck -- if the US team wins today, how about a hockey mix?!?
And don't lame out with Canadian fluff, eh? Theme from Great White North and then some!
Rock on Garth (Hudson)!