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Jeff Beck — Beck's Bolero
Album: Truth
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Released: 1968
Length: 2:49
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(Instrumental)
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There is absolutely no one like Jeff Beck. Back in the late 80s I caught the "British are Coming" Tour feathering Beck, Clapton, and Page.  I went in idolizing Page and of course Clapton, both of whom I'd seen before. Each came out in turn to do a solo set. Page came out first, was drunk, drinking whiskey from a bottle on stage, and frankly stunk up the  place. Clapton came out next & as always, laid it down & blew us away. When he left he stood behind the huge amps on the back of the stage & watched Beck's set. Beck was incredible, like nothing I'd ever heard or seen. I had binoculars on Clapton, who was blown away, laughing and clapping. As Beck left the stage, Clapton put his arm around his shoulders & escorted him off stage. I'll never forget it!
 sfyi2001 wrote:

Recorded in 1966 by Jeff Beck (lead guitars), Jimmy Page (12 string rhythm), 
John Paul Jones (bass), Keith Moon (drums) and Nicky Hopkins (piano).

That's Moon with the yell mid-song as he comes in on the drums {#Crown}.

.

 
Not a bad backing band!
Was this the song in the 1984 cult classic Dune?!?
 the_jake wrote:
Bob Dylan singing with Jeff Beck?  NO.

The album shown is Jeff Beck "Truth", but the song is 
"Slow Train Coming" by Bob Dylan 

 
The album and song playing are in sync this time.
Beck's Bolero     followed by     Slow Train by Dylan
At times, I hear "Ted Nugent-like" riffs.  Think Stranglehold".  
This was a stunner in 1968!

Recorded in 1966 by Jeff Beck (lead guitars), Jimmy Page (12 string rhythm), 
John Paul Jones (bass), Keith Moon (drums) and Nicky Hopkins (piano).

That's Moon with the yell mid-song as he comes in on the drums {#Crown}.

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 kingart wrote:

Technically speaking, it's not a song, it's an instrumental, because there is no singing. 
And, anyway, Song is not a capitalized proper noun. Neither is Typo. 
So that's Horrible english. 
Second of all, I disagree.
It's Jeff Beck.
 

 
{#Yes}
This track is best enjoyed watched on the Ronnie Scott's DVD... Simply awesome.
 csp12727 wrote:
a horrible Song

 
Technically speaking, it's not a song, it's an instrumental, because there is no singing. 
And, anyway, Song is not a capitalized proper noun. Neither is Typo. 
So that's Horrible english. 
Second of all, I disagree.
It's Jeff Beck.
 
a horrible Song
 1wolfy wrote:
Really Good

 
Really Really Good (w/cherries all over it WOO HOO!!!)
Bob Dylan singing with Jeff Beck?  NO.

The album shown is Jeff Beck "Truth", but the song is 
"Slow Train Coming" by Bob Dylan 
Bump.
Proclivities
(Carrboro, NC)
Posted: May 21, 2010 - 19:36
 

 ZedLeppelin wrote:
Jimmy Page wrote, produced and played most of this (guitar + 12 string). Jeff just "did the slide".
  
Or so Jimmy Page would have everyone believe.  Jeff Beck has a very different version of the story.  Page even admits the only guitar he was playing on it was a 12-string electric guitar, none of the leads.
 
Really Good
AWESOME!   10 from me....and it's a 3 minute song....
Couldn't agree more....
Sheer genius - takes me back to secondary school, I had a copy of 'Heigh Ho Silver Lining' and turned it over to discover this on the B-side - you can see where Zep came from. Shame Beck went off into jazz-noodle land!!

 
But wait, it was me!
JB opened about 3 or 4 shows I saw with this gem...
Jeff Beck. Who Else?


Rock guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck dazzles the crowd at celebrated London jazz club Ronnie Scott's with an extended set that includes hits such as "Beck's Bolero" and "'Cause We've Ended as Lovers." The former Yardbird proves he's still got the chops on other tunes including "Blast from the East," "Eternity's Breath," "People Get Ready" (with vocalist Joss Stone), "You Need Love" (with fellow Yardbird Eric Clapton) and more.


Great piece. Hadn't heard this in 250 years.
 joelbb wrote:
I can remember laying on a dorm bed in Houston in early '68, listening to this piece on the city's brand new, FM, All-Underground radio station.  The station was so radical that it played something other than Top-40, cuts from albums even.  Recorded mid-year '65, Beck's Bolero may be the seminal British Blues Invasion wailing blues-rock guitar lead.  Archetypal.  BTW, the man still has his chops.

 
This song was recorded in '65!?!? Wow. Still love this song and crank it every time I hear it. 
Thanks Bill - I needed the extra boost that this song gives me!
The only Beck that matters...
 elstring wrote:
Sorry but this song irritates the crap out of me.  To each his own. Muting...
 
I will Paypal you untold millions to learn what else irritates you.

True Fact: The "Volume Control" knob on any sound system was invented for this song.

When this song transitions into its pure bedlam stage, tetonic plates seperate, nations crumble and music lovers rejoice.


I can remember laying on a dorm bed in Houston in early '68, listening to this piece on the city's brand new, FM, All-Underground radio station.  The station was so radical that it played something other than Top-40, cuts from albums even.  Recorded mid-year '65, Beck's Bolero may be the seminal British Blues Invasion wailing blues-rock guitar lead.  Archetypal.  BTW, the man still has his chops.
Sheer genius - takes me back to secondary school, I had a copy of 'Heigh Ho Silver Lining' and turned it over to discover this on the B-side - you can see where Zep came from. Shame Beck went off into jazz-noodle land!!
love.
 sbegf wrote:
Love the sound of Beck's guitar
 
Beck's or Page's?
 BikeCoachDave wrote:
ugh, again.... nya, nya, nya, nya........nya,nya,nya,nyaaaa........ Just instrumental mastur#*$&#. And, I LOVE JEff Beck. I do. But this song. Yuck.
 
I posted this 7 years ago, and I just want to shout it again.
El Becko!
 WonderLizard wrote:
Took a lot of guts to name an album Truth and live up to it.
 
True dat!
 elstring wrote:
Sorry but this song irritates the crap out of me.  To each his own. Muting...
 
Indeed.  Cranking it up over here.

Took a lot of guts to name an album Truth and live up to it.
I prefer Zappa's version.{#Cool}
I have a progressive album from a long time ago that sounds rather similar to this.   Stephen Caudel , Wine Dark Sea   {#Meditate}  check it out. It is lovely.

Love the sound of Beck's guitar

Jeff Beck - Beck's Bolero, Live (2006)

UDO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2006 Live at Fuji Speedway 2006.7.22
Jeff Beck (g)
Jason Rebello (key)
Randy Hope-Taylor (b)
Vinnie Colaiuta (ds)

i can't believe that this is the only song from this album on RP - 

 

Track Listing

 

1 -

Shapes of Things

Amazing

2 -

Let Me Love You

Super amazing

3 -

Morning Dew

Super-duper terrific

4 -

You Shook Me

Such a different version than Zep that they can't even be compared - absolutely amazing

5 -

Ol' Man River

Great (if a bit slow - Rod's voice is excellent for this song

6 -

Greensleeves

Great

7 -

Rock My Plimsoul

Fantastic - again - Rod rocks this one

8 -

Beck's Bolero

 

9 -

Blues Deluxe

 

10 -

I Ain't Superstitious

Wow. Rod really rocks this one


 ZedLeppelin wrote:
Jimmy Page wrote, produced and played most of this (guitar + 12 string). Jeff just "did the slide".
 
Or so Jimmy Page would have everyone believe.  Jeff Beck has a very different version of the story.  Page even admits the only guitar he was playing on it was a 12-string electric guitar, none of the leads.


One of the things I liked about this album was Rod Stewart's vocal's.  Bluesy and full of emotion - it was perfect for this and Beck-Ola.  Too bad Rod decided to go on with the smarmy, forgettable horsecrap he was singing in the 70's.  His vocals on this album are his best work I think

Oh yeah - Beck's Bolero still stands up well after all these years.    {#Cheers}

Sorry but this song irritates the crap out of me.  To each his own. Muting...
read the liner notes on this album.....
Outstanding! He does a great job of this on his latest live album also.

Jimmy Page wrote, produced and played most of this (guitar + 12 string). Jeff just "did the slide".
This song is so good with some beers!

Jeff Beck Group in concert (with photos), circa 1968: https://www.thegrandeballroom.com/JBG.html



OTTAWA - July 8, 2009
The Ottawa Citizen

Legendary British guitarist Jeff Beck kicked off the 16th annual edition of Bluesfest last night, taking command of the main stage in a stylish white outfit that set off his white Stratocaster.

The sleek, polished sounds of that instrument ultimately captivated the audience, but, based on first impressions, his bassist, the young Tal Wilkenfeld, stole the show.

The fresh-faced, curly-haired 23-year-old quickly demonstrated her ability as a monster bassist, not only showing off her rhythmic jazz chops, but also taking her turn from the boss on some mind-bending lead work.




Jeff Beck Wows the Crowd at Montreal Jazz Festival


How wonderful! Thanks Bill for reminding me.
The version of this on Beck's new live CD/DVD is killer.
I just read, in Rolling Stone, that Beck and Clapton may tour the States together. I'm not talking Clapton and Winwood, I'm talking Clapton and Beck! They've already played a date together in Japan. I can't wait! {#Bounce}
So, so awesome.

Thanks, RP!
 jagdriver wrote:

Satriani can't hold a candle to JB....

 
Satriani couldn't hold JB's guitar cord. . .


brander wrote:
Consider the lineup on this tune and you may re-think your rating.

Guitars: Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page

Bass: John Paul Jones

Piano: Nicky Hopkins

Drums: Keith Moon

Can't get more all-star than that IMO.
Yeah, that's pretty much the primer on how to staff a recording session...


jagdriver wrote:


(And his T-shirted bass player is cute.)

That would be Tal Wilkenfeld.

Consider the lineup on this tune and you may re-think your rating.

Guitars: Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page

Bass: John Paul Jones

Piano: Nicky Hopkins

Drums: Keith Moon



Can't get more all-star than that IMO.

 gumby wrote:
go see him live... what he does with the guitar is insane
 

His guest performance on Clapton's Crossroads 2007 DVD is A-MAZ-ING! (And his T-shirted bass player is cute.)

one of my all time classic rock tunes
 vandal wrote:

Sorta makes Satriani's "Oriental Melody" sound like a jingle from a Korean car ad. . .
 
Satriani can't hold a candle to JB....


Sorta makes Satriani's "Oriental Melody" sound like a jingle from a Korean car ad. . .


I love Lou Reed (playing on LRC) but Jeff Beck is even better!
Still an amazing album! (oops, I just dated myself)
I like most all of Beck's music.  I also think that Rod Stwart was at his best when he collaborated with Beck.  From Ain't Superstitious to People Get Ready.
go see him live... what he does with the guitar is insane :cool:
Moak wrote:
Sorry, sometimes it's so hard to keep quiet - THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST ASININE AND IDIOTIC COMMENTS THAT HAS EVER GRACED THESE PAGES.
I agree with the other idiot...totally boring
love that psychedelic sound. if this isn't groovy then what is?
Moak wrote:
Sorry, sometimes it's so hard to keep quiet - THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST ASININE AND IDIOTIC COMMENTS THAT HAS EVER GRACED THESE PAGES.
Well, no... the guy that wrote off the entire world of jazz, using the awfulness of Vince Guaraldi's Cast Your Fate To The Wind as a prime example, might have gone one better. Re this tune- man. I'd forgotten it even existed.
eisbaer_67 wrote:
The fact that you can play a lot of beautiful notes very quickly on your guitar doesn't mean you should do so for several minutes. That is, unless you intend to bore...
Well this may not be my favorite Jeff Beck piece, but you have to give the man his due. Listen to some old Yardbirds - you have Beck, Clapton, Page at different (and sometimes overlapping) times - but invariably when you hear a guitar part in of their songs that is fresh and intriguing it's Beck. An amazing innovator.
eisbaer_67 wrote:
The fact that you can play a lot of beautiful notes very quickly on your guitar doesn't mean you should do so for several minutes. That is, unless you intend to bore...
Sorry, sometimes it's so hard to keep quiet - THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST ASININE AND IDIOTIC COMMENTS THAT HAS EVER GRACED THESE PAGES.
eastcoast wrote:
Quite right, my thoughts exactly...totally monotoneous.
eisbaer_67 wrote: The fact that you can play a lot of beautiful notes very quickly on your guitar doesn't mean you should do so for several minutes. That is, unless you intend to bore... Guess neither of you are fans of (presuming you are even remotely aware of) Ravel's BOLERO. This is a 9-NQA/ND
Quite right, my thoughts exactly...totally monotoneous. eisbaer_67 wrote:
The fact that you can play a lot of beautiful notes very quickly on your guitar doesn't mean you should do so for several minutes. That is, unless you intend to bore...
The fact that you can play a lot of beautiful notes very quickly on your guitar doesn't mean you should do so for several minutes. That is, unless you intend to bore...
I had the album before I headed off for a 2 year stint in the Peace Corps. When I returned, it was the first LP to hit the turntable.
Or, perhaps, unclear on the classical concept of a bolero? StevenQ wrote:
??? You obviously are not of the same vintage as this work. This is most assuredly not noise. Sheesh, kids these days.
:chillpill:
Bill O'meter = 11
Welly wrote:
I love some of Beck's work but this one is just noise.
??? You obviously are not of the same vintage as this work. This is most assuredly not noise. Sheesh, kids these days.
I love some of Beck's work but this one is just noise.
I love many versions of Bolero...I love this too.
This tune is as sublime now as it was when I first heard it when the alum was originally released way back when . . . . :meditate:
I can't hear it over the voices, man... but then again, it was the voices that said "Get a new needle for the hifi." bigtwistee wrote:
Love this JB track, but does anyone else hear some needle noise as if it could have been ripped from a vinyl lp?
Satriano could not carry Beck's guitar strap. And I beg to differ with comment that this isn't one of Beck's best - this is the best rock guitar instrumental ever - great blend of technique and emotion (OK, imo)
I've always thought this pretty tedious stuff. I get tired of it real quick.
Boring
smackiepipe wrote:
Jeff Beck is God.
And he is on tour in the US. https://www.jeffbeck.com/
Thanks RP for rockin' with the original Beck, Jeff that is.
Love this JB track, but does anyone else hear some needle noise as if it could have been ripped from a vinyl lp?
Jeff Beck is God.
This guy has some serious flava. This is where I first heard Goodbye Porkpie hat. Wicked.
Wow, Dig Deep Day has finally come to Radio Paradise -- Saints be praised.
sounds like a sort of drunk david gilmour....
So this means that Joe Satriano is next right? Beck is cool, but this is not his best... :moon: :moon:
Oh, no! Not again! Bill, the playlist is stuck!
This is actually kinda repetitive and boring ...
LadyLovelyLocks wrote:
What he said :frustrated:
disagree, i'd listen to it for the bridge alone :bananajam: :guitarist: :bananajam: :dancingbanana_2:
BikeCoachDave wrote:
ugh, again.... nya, nya, nya, nya........nya,nya,nya,nyaaaa........ Just instrumental mastur#*$&#. And, I LOVE JEff Beck. I do. But this song. Yuck.
What he said :frustrated:
..UGH...Will it ever end?? :puke:
Tux wrote:
This is the kind of noise I expect on answering machines of companies that do NOT want to talk to their customers and play this hoping that the caller will hang up asap. Soo terribly uninterestingly monotonous. Yuck!
Wow, are you kidding me? I'd stay on hold for an hour if I could listen to Jeff Beck! This guy's always been completely under-rated IMHO.
darkhorse969 wrote:
this is a direct rip off of bolero by a band called SRC back in the 60's.. shamey shamey
I didn't find a Bolero by SRC (not to say they didn't do their own version, but I just didn't find it on Amazon.com). I did find this review of SRC though. Sounds like they would have been a great group with a better lead vocalist -
Oh, what SRC conjures up in my memory! The "scream" in the middle of the Hall of the Mountain King/Beck's Bolero, live at Daniel's Den, in Saginaw Michigan. It was exciting. It was great. It was Scott Richardson's best vocal ever. These guys were good! Even with Ray Goodman in for Gary Quackenbush (out for a year with a broken limb from a cycle mishap) on lead guitar, (listen to his licks at the end of "Never Before Now"). The rhythm section cooks, epsically on the uptempo "Diana", with a driving bass line, and E.G. Clawson's pulsating beat. Glen Quackenbush's swirling Hammond organ never sounded better. The songs weren't the problem here (w/ the exception of "the Offering". An ambitious lemon! Were the orchestrations an attempt to cover Richardson's vocal?). Richardson is the flattest sounding lead ever. And that's saying alot. On every song, on every SRC record he's off pitch. When I think of how this group might have succeeded with someone like the Rational's Scott Morgan on lead vocals. Of course, Morgan turned down a chance to sing lead with Blood Sweat & Tears after Al Kooper got the boot. (I'm sure David Clayton Thomas thanks Scott to this day). This record, "A Traveller's Tale", had some decent pop songs. From Amazon.com
birdland wrote:
Have a listen to "Brush with the Blues" from "Who Else" (1999). A religious experience.
Found the album you referred to. Thanks Birdland (- obviously, with that user name, a lover of blues and probably jazz music). For the rest - Who Else! by Jeff Beck (I searched for "Bolero" on Amazon.com and got 3,186 hits!)
This song spits energy!
This doesn't suck so badly!!
Papa_John wrote:
Jeff Beck ROCKS & Bolero ROLLS! Awesome!
What my brotha said. I am proud to have used snippet as intro to my rock radio show years ago (till the management made me change it . . . they really didn't care for real rock there).
This is the kind of noise I expect on answering machines of companies that do NOT want to talk to their customers and play this hoping that the caller will hang up asap. Soo terribly uninterestingly monotonous. Yuck!
Sure enough, chills up and down the spine! So many memories.......
brighthue wrote:
Hey, there's no emoticon for chills running up and down my spine.
:bananajumprope: ?
Best Jeff Beck I ever heard. What a soaring song!
Who the hell does he think he is, Maurice Ravel? This is completely pretentious.
ugh, again.... nya, nya, nya, nya........nya,nya,nya,nyaaaa........ Just instrumental mastur#*$&#. And, I LOVE JEff Beck. I do. But this song. Yuck.
this is a direct rip off of bolero by a band called SRC back in the 60's.. shamey shamey
BikeCoachDave wrote:
UGH, not again........ :sad:
:yell: BikeCoach, you got no game brother!!
Have a listen to "Brush with the Blues" from "Who Else" (1999). A religious experience.
Jeff Beck ROCKS & Bolero ROLLS! Awesome!
UGH, not again........ :sad:
Pink Martini did fun stuff with Bolero. Can't say as I'm real impressed with Mr. Beck's take.
Another tired, bland song, albeit from one incredible talent. Come on R.P. enough with the Psychedelic stuff........ :sick:
Mozart wrote:
Not as good as my old rival, Ravel. Let's see Mr. Beck try a cover of my Le Nozze di Figaro!
I bet that would be awesome.
arighter2 wrote:
Saw Jeff in the Greenboro Coliseum back in 73. He opened for the James Gang and quite frankly, made Joe Walsh look bad.
I saw him the same year, but in Colorado Springs.
RIGHT ON MY BROTHERS ROCK INTO THE WIND LIKE NEVER BEFORE! im thirsty wheres my beer
Keith Moon Drums on this song.
steve wrote:
Godlike tune by a Godlike guitarist!!!
What are you talking about man.... THIS IS GOD, IN GOD'S PUREST FORM!! CLOSE YOUR EYES AND FEEL IT MAN!!! :sunny: