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Jeff Beck — Freeway Jam
Album: Blow by Blow
Avg rating:
7.6

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Total ratings: 1992









Released: 1975
Length: 4:43
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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 rklein wrote:

A part in the middle reminded me of Cliffs of Dover.




Maybe the other way around! This tune was first! Both are excellent tunes!
A part in the middle reminded me of Cliffs of Dover.
 dgharrop58 wrote:

Great Album. So was Truth, Wired, Beckola. Oh heck, they were all great.




I agree!!
 chinaski wrote:

Turn it up to eleven! 
This is where you are jamming in your seat  simultaneously playing  air guitar and bass and drums and keyboards. Yeah you know who you are! Just look at you there jammin' away right now! Yes you!



CHAIR DANCING!!!  
 dgharrop58 wrote:

Great Album. So was Truth, Wired, Beckola. Oh heck, they were all great.




YOU BET!! I AGREE!!
Great Album. So was Truth, Wired, Beckola. Oh heck, they were all great.
 ImaOldman wrote:

Jeff Beck is the best guitarist of his generation,  better than Clapton, Page, Townshend, et al. Absolutely unbelievable live.



Well that could be debated for years and no clear winner would emerge! 
EXCELLENT!!!!
 tompoll wrote:

"Sir, please back away from the panner."



The "Sir" you are referring to is Sir George Martin, who produced this album.  He did do a lot of panning in his productions.
Turn it up to eleven! 
This is where you are jamming in your seat  simultaneously playing  air guitar and bass and drums and keyboards. Yeah you know who you are! Just look at you there jammin' away right now! Yes you!
I got to tell ya

I keep hearing Return To Forever (Chick Corea, Al De Meola, Stanley Clarke), circa 1974-75  
 SurfDoc wrote:

Wow that's a jam!




I AGREE!!! ...I bought the album in 1975 when it first came out!
Wow that's a jam!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Um, no one?
(Except maybe Kanye West.)


who? lol 
I'm in awe of the musicianship in Jeff Beck's songs, this one included. I think there's just a bit too much going on in this one though, and the effect is chaotic. I like it better when the musicians don't crowd each other so much and leave their bandmates a little more space in which to shine.
I know, I know, I'll take my lumps now.
A nice gem from Jeff’s middle period. Thanks BillG. And great segue from Petty’s Red River!!
Just the Frickin' tone!  Awesome. Def my pick of players from that era.
 ImaOldman wrote:

Jeff Beck is the best guitarist of his generation,  better than Clapton, Page, Townshend, et al. Absolutely unbelievable live.



A papaya ,banana, tangerine, and apple !
They are all great, just different flavors!
How do You define "Best " ?
Especially with leaving Hendrix out of  the mix!

For sure though, Beck and this album are stupendous!
Goosebumps after 30 seconds - And after 1 minute I recognized the track. I had it in the live version with the Jan Hammer Group on Jeff Beck's LP from 1977. OMG, I was 16...
Just Awesome
Any Jeff Beck tune that makes its way onto Radio Paradise is an automatic 8 from me.

This tune, however, is a strong 9.
"Sir, please back away from the panner."
Woooh nice
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Um, no one?
(Except maybe Kanye West.)
 
Kanye owns his career to older jams 
outstanding and original guitar
Oh....such beautiful and satisfying memories.... 
Great song, great album.
This is an example of what Hendrix would have done had he lived longer.  Many of these guys got into jazz and excelled at improvisation and fusing jazz and rock.
 ImaOldman wrote:
Jeff Beck is the best guitarist of his generation,  better than Clapton, Page, Townshend, et al. Absolutely unbelievable live.
 
Can you imagine, Beck, Page and Clapton in the same band. Page playing Bass!

The better part of 50, yes count 'em, FIFTY, years old.  Half a century in and still as fresh as when it was first released. 

Or maybe it's just me. I dunno.

But totally outside the realm of Time and Space isn't it?  Classic Rock at its finest.  They may well be saying this 200 years from now, too.  As some phenom of their time attempts to recreate what you and I got to hear first time 'round....

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Gotta bump to 10 ... It moved me to dance while waiting for my tea to brew!
 dflee wrote:
Interesting that George Martin produced the album. It shows.
 

Not that it has anything to do with anything, George Martin also produced for a hard rock band called UFO back in the 70's. I would have never heard of them but they warmed up the Doobie Brothers at a show I went to in Louisville, KY. They had a phenomenal guitar player named Michael Schenker who eventually got kicked out of the band for constantly being drunk. I know we was wasted the night I saw him, but he could sure play the guitar.

You never know where George Martin might show up.

Now, back to Jeff Beck....
Always a pleasure to hear. Thanks Bill!
Jeff Beck is the best guitarist of his generation,  better than Clapton, Page, Townshend, et al. Absolutely unbelievable live.
Interesting that George Martin produced the album. It shows.
Extraordinary.  High energy (in all senses of the words) sounds.  Of its time, and timeless.  The whole album. 
At around the same time are several tracks Beck recorded with Return to Forever bassist Stanley Clarke.  Hello Jeff and Rock and Roll Jelly crank out unsurpassed waves of musical energy. Blow one's ears off with power and gracefulness.  
Just....wow!
need to go back a couple years to hear Mc Laughlin taunt Miles onto stage with this tune
Right Place Wrong Time followed by Spit of Love Bonnie Rait. bliss
1975,76,77....Blow by Blow in the eight track player getting me up and down 95 and the NJ Tpk between DC and NJ and once I put the tape in I never took it out for the entire ride.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Jan Hammer on keyboards? 

 
This is Max Middleton, but Hammer plays on "Star Cycle" on Beck's "There and Back".  Amazing stuff. 
 Alastair wrote:
 jbuhl wrote:

Max Middleton.

Steve Wonder plays on one song on this Album I think . uncredited  

 
Sounds more like Deodato on keyboards 
 
The Fender Rhodes piano was quite popular in those days, not just with Deodato, similar phrasing on this tune though.
HE IS THE BEST!
Maybe the best rock instrumental ever. Poundable and fun.
Hard to GET more Jam than that, man! This was SUCH a party staple back at the GDI parties in the E-School days... Still sounds JAM

 jbuhl wrote:

Max Middleton.

Steve Wonder plays on one song on this Album I think . uncredited  

Alastair wrote: 
Sounds more like Deodato on keyboards 

 
Actually Middleton is credited with writing this tune.
 thewiseking wrote:
Beck was revered back then until the likes of Alan Holdsworth and his proteges made the scene and took it..........to 11.

 
Methinks Mr. Beck is still revered.  Watch "Live at Ronnie Scott's."  I don't think anyone is using both hands, all knobs, and the whammy like him.
 jbuhl wrote:

Max Middleton.

Steve Wonder plays on one song on this Album I think . uncredited  

 
Sounds more like Deodato on keyboards 
 idiot_wind wrote:
its always good when you can hear string squeaks...they chose not to over-engineer the sound.  The way it should be. 

 
Produced by George Martin.
Fabulous!
its always good when you can hear string squeaks...they chose not to over-engineer the sound.  The way it should be. 
 idiot_wind wrote:
Jan Hammer on keyboards? 

 
Max Middleton.

Steve Wonder plays on one song on this Album I think . uncredited  
and Tal sometime
 
Jan Hammer on keyboards? 
One of my favorite albums when I was seventeen.  I knew I could dance, 'cause I could dance to Beck.
 
 rabaak wrote:
Who says 70's music sucks and does not sound good in 2015?
 
Um, no one?
(Except maybe Kanye West.)
Who says 70's music sucks and does not sound good in 2015? This is fantastic, as is the rest of this album
 rpdevotee wrote:
Forget Jeff...
The drummer is the one who is jammin' in this tune! 

 
From drummer Richard Bailey's website biography: 
"By the time he was sixteen he was recording and touring the UK and USA with Johnny Nash and the great Bob Marley. By eighteen he had recorded Jeff Beck's biggest selling album Blow By Blow (1975, Epic/Sony Japan) to critical acclaim and appeared on the film soundtrack Tommy alongside Pete Townsend, Phil Chen and Roger Daltrey."
{#Bananajam}
Beck was revered back then until the likes of Alan Holdsworth and his proteges made the scene and took it..........to 11.
Have this on vinyl.  Really need to look at what I have and maybe figure a way to play them.
I wish this guy could play better guitar. Who is he and does he have any experience playing with RnR bands?

I mean did he ever play with Arcade Fire or Smashing Pumpkins? Now those are some bands!    
Perfect song for a swing party. 
70s nostalgia
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Is this jazz or rock? I love it either way.
 
I guess we might have to go with "fusion", but to me, it still flat out rocks. Can't---get---it---loud---enough!!!!
Is this jazz or rock? I love it either way.
Perfect.  I was just thinking on the last song (Harry Manx - Further Shore) ... "Is that Jeff Beck on guitar?"
 (Banned) wrote:
If this isn't godlike I don't know what is...

 
{#Clap}    {#Clap}    {#Clap} 
Forget Jeff...
The drummer is the one who is jammin' in this tune! 
 SorchaZentropa wrote:

a recommend is jeff beck (dvd) "live @ ronnie scott's" ... a great show featuring tal wilkenfeld on bass, vinnie colaiuita on drums, and jason rebello on keyboards ... also guests vocalists imogen heap and joss stone ... {#Music}



 
Absolutely.  And Tai Wilkenfeld is outstanding...notable for being able to turn J Beck's head (musically speaking) at a relatively young age.  Something that has GOT to be hard to do given his own massive talent.  Here's a pic:



The lady has many fine years ahead of her me thinks. 
Ahhh, some classic Jeff Beck. Good stuff. Play "Scatterbrain" sometime Bill, please.
Bought this album in high school and still listen from time to time. Nice guitar album with a cool jazz fusion feel. Although it was kind of funny seeing Beck showing up in some polls as the years best jazz guitarist. I'm sure he was a bit embarassed about that.
I wonder how his benefit CD Set to benefit public radio went. I only saw it one time, so I'm guessing it flopped.
Love the freeway jam reference to Jersey below
If this isn't godlike I don't know what is...
 WonderLizard wrote:
The guitarist's guitarist.

 

Yeah, he's pretty good!




For those of us without an atlas handy, where exactly is 2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise?  I'm gonna' guess somewhere in...Jersey?
     
The guitarist's guitarist.
Greatest guitar player ever to walk the planet.
                                                                 All others kiss the Masters feet!!!! 

a recommend is jeff beck (dvd) "live @ ronnie scott's" ... a great show featuring tal wilkenfeld on bass, vinnie colaiuita on drums, and jason rebello on keyboards ... also guests vocalists imogen heap and joss stone ... {#Music}


I remember the great ad campaign for this album, which was Beck's first in seveeral years:

"The return of the axe murderer."

 1975 was a great year for guitar rock, with guys like Beck and Santana experimenting with new styles and sounds. 
What a great set of soul, jazz, r&b and funk.
Liked his work from when I first heard him in the Yardbirds.  Rod Stewart did his best stuff with Beck, including a terrific version of People Get Ready.
Thinking about a 10...
 kingart wrote:
Boosted it to a 9. Can't not do it. 
 

Yeah, me too!
sizzling hi-hat, held open just a bit, and hammered like roofing nails
At this hour sounds magical... <3
Dix. Ten. Strike. Bo. Eleven.


10.😝
Can't remember when where or why this dropped off my  regular play rotation....  wonder if I still have it. Amazing.
 
Boosted it to a 9. Can't not do it. 
If anybody is interested in some background information about this guy, please read the book from Julian Dawson about Nicky Hopkins A Rock Legend, who played the piano for the Rolling Stones, and for Mr. Beck, and amongst others for Quicksilver Messenger Service, and they must be played here, please!
Saw him last year and a really great show. Amazingly he only used ONE guitar (Strat) all evening.
Saw him here recent and it was a great show. Except for one tune all instrumental. Blistering guitar and solid supporting band.
Without him, there would have been no Vai, Satriani, Eric Johnson, or Les Dudek. One-man wrecking ball on guitar.
Wow!

Does anybody remember way back in the 1970s...when you have dozens of guitar players with bands that were experimenting with all kinds of variations of rock n roll?

What we got today?  Thud and drone crap from Foo Fighters, Linkin park, Nickel back, etc.

Rock n roll RIP. Oh well, I guess there is still "country" music.
 
 colt4x5 wrote:
Who's Richard Bailey?
 
 

ur kidding?..right??  ...if not he's the teenager on drums
Who's Richard Bailey?
 
 idiot_wind wrote:
Oh man....driving on some back roads in the 1970s in Southern Illinois...with the proper mood enhancements (not too much...not too little).

Just listen for the finger screeching on the strings. No over produced crap like today.

And people wonder why these guys still attract good crowds at live shows. I saw Beck on TV...amazing and the guy has to be almost 65!
 
Apparently, he's 68.  Great song and fantastic musicianship all around.
Sweet!  It always sounded good to me from when it first came out, but I gained a whole new appreciation of Beck when a classmate at E-school had such a deep fervor for his stuff and played it constantly, along with lots of obscure Yes, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream and the like...mighty good stuff to study to!
 
Oh man....driving on some back roads in the 1970s in Southern Illinois...with the proper mood enhancements (not too much...not too little).

Just listen for the finger screeching on the strings. No over produced crap like today.

And people wonder why these guys still attract good crowds at live shows. I saw Beck on TV...amazing and the guy has to be almost 65!


SO '70s. SO classic!  {#Good-vibes}  And SOOOOOOOOOOO stoned the first time I had the album!
Another gem of a "record" bought for pocket change at the second-hand music shop known as Plastic Fantastic ... those were the days! {#Cheers}
I never have understood the "very much of it's time" statements.

Of course it is. 
The master...
 fredriley wrote:
Nice jam, shame about the cowbell. Very Camel-like guitar and organ. Ok-ish but very much of its time. 5 from the unmoved (and not old enough) Nottingham jury.
 

Cowbell?  Think you might be referring to the crash cymbol; no cows were harmed in this recording.
Got  this album when it first came out (I was still in high school) and it still sounds great!
Nice jam, shame about the cowbell. Very Camel-like guitar and organ. Ok-ish but very much of its time. 5 from the unmoved (and not old enough) Nottingham jury.
 d-don wrote:
Must.Crank.THIS!!!!
 
listening . . . on "11"
man it's all good - the drumming, the bass, the funky keyboards and the super snarl and cry of JB's guitar.

they do not make music like this anymore.

mrdak wrote:
You got to love this............ Phillip Chen's slammin bass line is the best.
 


Must.Crank.THIS!!!!
It's a 9 just from the opening drumline.  Might have to make it a 10.
great album
Les Paul sure created a lot of monsters!
JB in the morning... beats the smell of napalm {#Music}
That was good
This always sounds good ...
... best way to start the weekend!
You got to love this............ Phillip Chen's slammin bass line is the best.
My earlier 9 just went to 10 this morning. All those people hatin' on Fats Domino two songs ago who switched stations - I rest my case.

It was great hearing him do this at SunFest in West Palm Beach, FL a few weeks back.



Love this album.
A defining track in the canon of rock 'n' roll.