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Jeff Beck — Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Album: Wired
Avg rating:
7.8

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Total ratings: 2877









Released: 1976
Length: 5:26
Plays (last 30 days): 4
(instrumental)
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I got this LP back when it first came out.  I was in undergraduate school.  The entire album was, and is, outstanding.  I about reduced the LP to vinyl shavings from playing it so much.  But for all that back at that time it wasn't necessarily all that popular.  It wasn't unpopular; it just didn't cater to the popular mind.  It's gratifying to see how over time it sunk into the minds of many.  A tribute to Jeff Beck's enduring success as an artist.  He was a true master at his craft.  

Highlow
One of the best guitar players ever. 

But sometimes the covers of jazz standards (e.g., this song, Round Midnight)  by RnR guys just don't sound right.  
Thanks to a quirk of his tour schedule and my travels I managed to see him three times in the year or so after this album came out. Completely awesome every time. Mr. Beck is unquestionably one of the greats.
 joejennings wrote:



Maybe an Eddie Reynolds modded "Suitcase Rhodes"?  The attack is softer than a "Stage Rhodes" on this tune.

That's definitely possible, although one shouldn't discount the fact that the album was produced by George Martin, so who knows what signal processing magic happened...?
 Edweirdo wrote:


Fender Rhodes.



Maybe an Eddie Reynolds modded "Suitcase Rhodes"?  The attack is softer than a "Stage Rhodes" on this tune.
9 --> 10.

Feeling a need to dig up the old vinyl and play this at high volume!  Bought this my senior year in high school.

RIP Jeff
 joejennings wrote:
In addition to the stellar guitar playing, I love the sound of the "Wurlitzer Electric Piano"!   


Fender Rhodes.
 midigitguy wrote:
Perhaps the most carefully nuanced electric guitar playing ever captured on a recording.  Every note, every tone... simply amazing...Proof that he is the greatest electric guitarist alive today.
 
Spot on -- I agree with you and others on this. Every note played. I've got it turned up, as usual. Thank you Jeff.
RIP Jeff

Love B
 midigitguy wrote:

Perhaps the most carefully nuanced electric guitar playing ever captured on a recording.  Every note, every tone... simply amazing...Proof that he is the greatest electric guitarist alive today.




I Agree with this post from 6yrs ago!!   May Jeff Rest In Peace!
Pure gold.  Be thankful to live in an era where you can continue to enjoy, and from the originator, such as this.  Some say long may Beck reign and I agree.  But I also feel the need to say that long may our civilization thrive and reign.  

Despite all the issues and concerns that need no elaboration, and baby there are a plethora of 'em to contend with,  it really comes to this.  We live in a golden age folks.  So enjoy it as best you may!

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 drictor wrote:

9 --> 10.

Bought this album when it came out.  Amazing how well it ages.  RIP Jeff Beck.




Same here!  I Agree Completely!  Thanx RP!  
9 --> 10.

Bought this album when it came out.  Amazing how well it ages.  RIP Jeff Beck.
Love You, Jeff  RIP
Thank you for playing some Jeff Beck. Rest in peace Jeff Beck.
Shocked and saddened to hear the news.
Jeff Beck was without question one of the
all-time greats, arguably the best to ever
pick up a guitar. 
From the quietest ballads to the raunchiest rockers, Jeff was a true master.
I encourage everyone to check out the Live at Ronnie Scott's concert; I think it captures his genius, and humility.
RIP Jeff, it breaks my heart that you are gone.

 
Jeff takes me back to the Yardbirds - what a wonderful time to be alive.

R.I.P.  
RIP Jeff, the music world will be a lesser place with out your presence. You will be missed.
Perfect. And perfect timing. RIP.
Oh Jeff!  This has got to b a favorite.

good bye
and rest in peace dear jeff :(
In addition to the stellar guitar playing, I love the sound of the "Wurlitzer Electric Piano"!   
... and Lena Olin in "The Unbearable Lightness Of Being" (1988):
An outstanding (the best ?) version of this standard. Ages very well.
just so sweet.  unique and memorable tone and player 
 eileenomurphy wrote:

This tune was composed by Charles Mingus, and was on his "Ah Um" album, released in 1959. The whole album is great!!!




2nd to Mingus, this is the best version of this tune!  
Delicious tone.  Many would do well to learn to play clean like that.
The best cover of Pork Pie Hat?
This tune was composed by Charles Mingus, and was on his "Ah Um" album, released in 1959. The whole album is great!!!
Not heard this before - love Nadia - Jimmy Smith with 6 strings - just fantastic
Great use of Stereo! 9 might turn into a 10 soon.
           
Of all the JB songs I cherish this is the one I always return to and am never ceased to be amazed. Others in this vein include Suspension, Angel Footsteps, Hipnotica, and especially, Nadia. Also, likely my favorite album cover of all time. 
Jeff Beck in his prime.  People will argue with me, but I don't think there's ever been a better jazz guitarist.  Yes, there are more complicated chord progressions, but who has that tone in any genre?  Okay maybe second to Django Reinhardt.  Btw, I'd like to hear a lot more of him on RP.
Simply Sublime.
 antennadad wrote:

Yeah, baby, this is the real deal!  Recorded in 1976.  Were you born?

 

 

So was I! Great album. Please play more Jeff Beck. And Robin Trower, too!


we must have been friends...
 Highlowsel wrote:

This one never, ever, gets old.  Jeff Beck is one of the few guitarists who quite literally sings with their instrument.   He's the Pavarotti of the guitar.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen

And Mark Knopfler is the Billie Holliday. 

This one never, ever, gets old.  Jeff Beck is one of the few guitarists who quite literally sings with their instrument.   He's the Pavarotti of the guitar.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Excellent...would also like to hear the Charles Mingus version. Thanks for all the great music!
Grammarcop wrote:

There's a reason why none of the other guitar players in
this generation wanted to jam with Jeff Beck. He could do what they
could do, but they couldn't do what he could.

 kingart wrote:


Yeah, except for many You Tubes of other well known (and some superstar) guitarists of his generation or just a few years younger who eagerly jammed and appeared with him.  Substitute 'none of the' with 'few' and you may be correct. 

Totally agree. Never heard that no one wanted to jam with JB. Even AC/DC played with the Stones.
 Grammarcop wrote:

There's a reason why none of the other guitar players in this generation wanted to jam with Jeff Beck. He could do what they could do, but they couldn't do what he could. 



Yeah, except for many You Tubes of other well known (and some superstar) guitarists of his generation or just a few years younger who eagerly jammed and appeared with him.  Substitute 'none of the' with 'few' and you may be correct. 
No disrespect to Mr. Beck, but can we please hear Charlie Mingus! Far superior!



 markybx wrote:
Sorry, but this seriously needs to be remastered, I can't bear the constant fading from left to right left right left right left rightleft rightleft rightleft rightleft rightleft right
Horrible
I'm sure it would be fantastic otherwise

 
Since it was produced by the GOAT (George Martin) I think I'll take his ears over yours.
I remember the album cover in the record stores. Would be years before I really heard the record. Too young to appreciate the music then, but I knew it was cool, man, just from that cover.
 Dirtfarmer wrote:
only thing better than Wired ...Blow by Blow
 
Wired, Blow By Blow and There and Back are the trinity of instrumental electric guitar albums
Jeff Beck shows off his favorite guitars:
https://www.veojam.com/watch/1304549595

Gave this a nine because it is beck
There's a reason why none of the other guitar players in this generation wanted to jam with Jeff Beck. He could do what they could do, but they couldn't do what he could. 
 midigitguy wrote:
Perhaps the most carefully nuanced electric guitar playing ever captured on a recording.  Every note, every tone... simply amazing...Proof that he is the greatest electric guitarist alive today.
 
Definitely an iMMmmm....merse yourself into......mmmm šŸ˜
 gusig53 wrote:
A classic one by Charlie Mingus.
 

Ah Um album, 1959. ICONIC!
A classic one by Charlie Mingus.
With the positive response to this, why not more instrumental stuff?
 gmichaelt wrote:
Is the tie-in to "King of Pain" the 'black hat caught in the high tree top'?
 
Honky Chapeau
Is the tie-in to "King of Pain" the 'black hat caught in the high tree top'?
If it's Jeff Beck, it's a 10. So shall it be written, so shall it be.
 bbqking wrote:
This man sounds like he was born with a guitar in his hand.  Precision playing at its best.
 
 
From Wikipedia:
Beck has said that he first heard an electric guitar when he was 6 years old and heard Paul playing "How High the Moon" on the radio. He asked his mother what it was. After she replied it was an electric guitar and was all tricks, he said, "That's for me".

So yeah...pretty much!
one of those deep cuts hardly anyone knows about.this very reason is why radio paradise is indeed paradise,they play such a diverse selection of music.everthing from deadmau5 to moby,thank you radio paradise for not playing the same tired music like others may want you to.
geodesmo wrote:
Thank you for the Jeff Beck tunes I've heard in the past few days.

When you hear this music, doesn't it become crystal clear that Moby and Deadmau5 have no business in your rotation?

Love you RP...... keep it real!

William wrote:
Somehow I manage to enjoy this very much, and still like Deadmau5 & Moby, too... :-)

William, Iā€™m going to have to go ahead and accuse you of eclecticism now.  ; p

Ronan the Accuser
Ronan The Accuser
Sorry, but this seriously needs to be remastered, I can't bear the constant fading from left to right left right left right left rightleft rightleft rightleft rightleft rightleft right
Horrible
I'm sure it would be fantastic otherwise

 geodesmo wrote:
Thank you for the Jeff Beck tunes I've heard in the past few days.

When you hear this music, doesn't it become crystal clear that Moby and Deadmau5 have no business in your rotation?

Love you RP...... keep it real!


 

Somehow I manage to enjoy this very much, and still like Deadmau5 & Moby, too... :-)
There was a retrospective done of Jeff Beck.  I suppose there have been a few given his extraordinary nature, but this one was fairly recent.  One of the people who commented about him, and I cannot recall exactly who it was off the top of my head though the person was female, she said.  

"Jeff Beck doesn't just play music.  He IS music."

I cannot disagree.  This guy is the embodiment of someone tapped into a main vein from the musical source.  He's almost literally a force all his own.  If from his perspective his is an epiphany it's one of the longest running, continuous, ones I've ever had the pleasure to follow and experience.  May he live a long, long, time and keep that fount open and flowing.  It is marvelous.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
wonderful
Hey! That's groovy
 Bert7 wrote:
Just can never get enough Jeff Beck!!{#Cool}
 
So true!
unclehud wrote:

Yeah, baby, this is the real deal!  Recorded in 1976.  Were you born?

 
Propayne wrote:

I was 16. Perfect timing.
 

So was I! Great album. Please play more Jeff Beck. And Robin Trower, too!
Just can never get enough Jeff Beck!!{#Cool}
{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! almost zappa like
 drictor wrote:
Loved this back in the day, and still sounds really good at the end of the work day with a cocktail in hand.  Thanks Bill!

 
{#Cheers}
Yeah I really like great guitar work, slow and sensual with a growl.
Loved this back in the day, and still sounds really good at the end of the work day with a cocktail in hand.  Thanks Bill!
This man sounds like he was born with a guitar in his hand.  Precision playing at its best.
 
 midigitguy wrote:
Perhaps the most carefully nuanced electric guitar playing ever captured on a recording.  Every note, every tone... simply amazing...Proof that he is the greatest electric guitarist alive today.

 
This, in spades.
 Proclivities wrote:
 Hannio wrote:
Every hipster doofus in Austin wears a pork pie hat.

Is that better or worse than them wearing cowboy hats?

 

The cowboy hats provide more protection from the sun, rain, snow and overhanging branches when riding horses on the range.  (Modern cowboys tend to prefer a peaked baseball-style hat.) 

As for wearing a cowboy hat while driving the F-350 truck to the mall to go shopping.....   I guess it is a fashion preference just like any other.
Nice. Great cover of Charles Mingus' original, and I'm singing Joni Mitchell's voice in my head recalling her great cover of the same.
The return of the axe murderer.
 geodesmo wrote:
Thank you for the Jeff Beck tunes I've heard in the past few days.

When you hear this music, doesn't it become crystal clear that Moby and Deadmau5 have no business in your rotation?

Love you RP...... keep it real!

 
Maybe you want to layer in Stratus once in a while - the Billly Cobham version also!  That would be an awesome back to back set!
Thank you for the Jeff Beck tunes I've heard in the past few days.

When you hear this music, doesn't it become crystal clear that Moby and Deadmau5 have no business in your rotation?

Love you RP...... keep it real!


Ha. I furrowed my brow and thought "A Jeff Beck song I haven't heard?" I then came over to look it up and saw that I had already rated this one a '9' at some point. So apparently, I've enjoyed this bit of Jeff Beck mastery a lot both times I have heard it.
Masterpiece for the ages! Mingus wrote it (and also did it well), but it's Jeff Beck's unique BLUESY ROCK take that makes it transcend!
Perhaps the most carefully nuanced electric guitar playing ever captured on a recording.  Every note, every tone... simply amazing...Proof that he is the greatest electric guitarist alive today.
A beautiful song beautifully handled by "the Master". 
Bravo Beck! 
Plays in last 30 days: 1

Appreciation in last 40 years: Much
 yeshetarchin wrote:
Beck is God

 
Or at the very least a badass.
Beck is God
This song does catch your ear, makes you stop what you are doing, and click on the song list to see who's playing. 

Eghads,  I don't recognize Jeff Beck. WTF? 
Wow... How many times did we jam this impeccable record at E-School parties back in the day? Blue Wind, man, c'mon, play it again!
Default JB is 'most excellent.'
Yeah Baby, Jan Hammer on there as well.
My personal Hatter is https://www.facebook.com/jillcorbett.thehattic I have been wearing her Pork Pie hats for ages. 
 n4ku wrote:
This holds up so well after almost 40 years.
 
From Wiki: "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" is a jazz standard composed by Charles Mingus originally recorded by his sextet in 1959" . . .
. . . So 40, 56, a long time in either case. Great songs transcend generations.
I feel like watching "Barney Miller" all of a sudden.
If you like JB, listen to Scott Henderson. Probably too out there for RP.
This holds up so well after almost 40 years.
 Hannio wrote:
Every hipster doofus in Austin wears a pork pie hat.

 
I bought my son a great one about 8 years ago.  He laughed his ass off.  I returned it.  But I still think he would have rocked it.
First contact with this tune... gave a strong 8. {#Yes}
Thanks, Bill!
Timeless.
 That_SOB wrote:
Jeff and Jimi woulda torn it up.....like WAY up!
 
don't forget Duane on that bus too  {#Naughty}
Great to hear this old chestnut again.

(And here's to being stoned back in the day in the Tetons...or maybe Rocky Mtn. National Park...or...)
 kingart wrote:
OMG. I think the last time I heard this, in the late '70s, I was more stoned than the Grand Tetons. 

 
{#Roflol}   "heh hehhh.......he said 'Tetons'" says Beavis.
OMG. I think the last time I heard this, in the late '70s, I was more stoned than the Grand Tetons. 
"Drive by body pierce..."  aaaah...Beck. {#Bananajam}
Jeff and Jimi woulda torn it up.....like WAY up!
You can really FEEL how much he misses that hat… {#Tongue}
Jeff is coming to Ravinia this summer! 
 unclehud wrote:

Yeah, baby, this is the real deal!  Recorded in 1976.  Were you born?

 
I was 16. Perfect timing.
Certainly in the top 5. Love Jeff Beck. Mas y mas por favor.
 ddbz wrote:
FANTASTIC, this song has just about everything in it funky, jammy, rocky, spacey, how cool.
 
Yeah, baby, this is the real deal!  Recorded in 1976.  Were you born?
PERFECT 10!!!!!!!
 ddbz wrote:
FANTASTIC, this song has just about everything in it funky, jammy, rocky, spacey, how cool.

 
yup


man oh man

uummmm ummm, hooooleey shhhhhhiiii..... this is so way cooooool 
Great. Timeless Beck.
From 8 --> 9. Obviously I didn't listen properly 1st time through. 
Thanks Bill and Rebecca. Hadn't heard this in decades.
One of the top ten guitarists of our short lives!!!

thanks for playing this...sighs
{#Devil_pimp}  {#Music}  {#Music}  {#Music}
One of my favorite Sunday albums of all time. morning or evening, either worked great.
rate it an 11...!!
{#Music}
FANTASTIC, this song has just about everything in it funky, jammy, rocky, spacey, how cool.
Logged back in just to say ... that guitar is unmistakably Jeff Beck.  Man, is he great, or what?
 gatorade wrote:
I've seen a bunch, and I mean A BUNCH of great guitarists...Jeff Beck...blew me away. Upped to a 10. Twirling big time in the kitchen.

 
Yeah. Too true. Ditto.