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Jeff Beck — Freeway Jam
Album: Blow By Blow
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Released: 1975
Length: 4:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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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.
 redtex wrote:

That's not Nigel Tufnel.
 
Yes, but it's worth getting an amp that goes to 11 to play this!

 RedGuitar wrote:

Acutally played this at an informal gig recently, along with Come Dancing, Goin' Down, and some other non-Beck tunes.

I certainly can't play like Mr. Beck (did my best), but the tunes were fun, the rhythm section was great, and the crowd liked 'em.

 
Actually had my guitar in hand, picking along with AfroCubism... until this came on, then I gracefully bowed out to at least enjoy listening...


Just saw a PBS special with him in honor of Les Paul.  Still can jam.

was the local PBS stations begging week.


 treatment_bound wrote:
FLASHBACK!!!!!!!!!!  
High School party!!  Turn on the strobe & the black lights!!!
{#Tongue}{#Drunk}

 
I'm right there with ya!

 treatment_bound wrote:
FLASHBACK!!!!!!!!!!  
High School party!!  Turn on the strobe & the black lights!!!
{#Tongue}{#Drunk}

 
Cool party!  I was thinking this was totally big in high school too.

I saw Jeff Beck in the last year or so.  Good show.


George Martin produced.
FLASHBACK!!!!!!!!!!  
High School party!!  Turn on the strobe & the black lights!!!
{#Tongue}{#Drunk}

Am I the only one who hears similarities to "The Late Show" theme with David Letterman? Paul taking any influences from this?
Love it!
Yes! another great song. Who needs vocals. There is great music out there. Thanks Bill
Bob (Dylan)

 
kinAy wrote:
Beatles...{#Angel}
 


 Grammarcop wrote:
The Killer B's: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Beck.
  Beatles...{#Angel}


IMHO took the pure melodic work of Duane Eddy up a significant notch—laid the groundwork for slingers like Satriani, Vai, and Eric Johnson. Didn't have to play a bazillion notes—tho' he could—to show off his chops.
 sfListener wrote:
Anybody digging guitars out of their closets right now?
 
Acutally played this at an informal gig recently, along with Come Dancing, Goin' Down, and some other non-Beck tunes.

I certainly can't play like Mr. Beck (did my best), but the tunes were fun, the rhythm section was great, and the crowd liked 'em.

 PFM wrote:

Wow - never knew anyone recorded to 8 track. I have the live version (with Jan Hammer) on cassette and listen to it in my MGB.

 
Anything sounded great in a MGB with the top down!  But this especially.

Perfect tune to send me off into the land of the sandman... I love Jeff Beck, and this song is amazing... {#Sunny}

Jeff Beck and Tal Wilkenfeld - Big Block, Live (2007) 

"Jeff Beck is a true rock legend. From his time with the Yardbirds in the sixties, through the Jeff Beck Group and throughout his solo career his unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of his peers and the adoration of legions of fans. In 2007 Jeff Beck performed a series of concerts at the renowned Ronnie Scotts club in London. They became the must have ticket of the year with a packed audience every night of the famous and the fans. This DVD features pieces recorded across the different nights and presents the best version of each track. Jeff is also joined by guests Jess Stone, Imogen Heap and Eric Clapton for some very special performances. "


{#Drummer}
The return of the axe murderer . . . 

A solid 10 Beck jam.
The Killer B's: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Beck.
 orehio51 wrote:
This was always one of my favorite Jeff Beck tracks - I had the vinyl and recorded it to an 8-track and used to play it in my MGB  on the Long Island Expressway. I often looked down to find I was doing over 80mph!
 
Wow - never knew anyone recorded to 8 track. I have the live version (with Jan Hammer) on cassette and listen to it in my MGB.

At age 13, I was given sufficient birthday money to buy a stereo (speakers, amp, turntable), and one album. This was it. And it is the only vinyl I retain (somehow was missed when my wife purged all of the boxes from the basement). It still brings back the smell of those new speakers and the feeling of freedom I felt when I turned it up loud, much to the dismay of my more studious older brother.
 orehio51 wrote:
This was always one of my favorite Jeff Beck tracks - I had the vinyl and recorded it to an 8-track and used to play it in my MGB  on the Long Island Expressway. I often looked down to find I was doing over 80mph!
  Kinda went with the title, eh?  Jammin' down the freeway.


 crisssi wrote:

Strange. I loved this in the 70s. But today it's just aimless wanking {#Guitarist}
 
How sad that you think that!  For me, this track makes me feel like I did in 1975 - i.e. immortal :-)  Another one that really does it for me is Sea Train's version of "Orange Blossom Special" - Richard Greene would b;ow away Charlie Daniels!!
This was always one of my favorite Jeff Beck tracks - I had the vinyl and recorded it to an 8-track and used to play it in my MGB  on the Long Island Expressway. I often looked down to find I was doing over 80mph!
A golden oldies Saturday Morning going, nice.  But I'm an moldy oldie.
Great classic Beck!!!. Best enjoyed with a great supporting cast with expressive freedom. I try to teach my kids how to listen to music with instrumental  tunes like this. I ask.... "Freeway Jam. Why do you think the artist named this song with that title? What was he trying to convey? Can you imagine? Can you try to connect? When you do, enjoy the journey!"
I sure hope Beck and Clapton come to the Bay Area on their tour. I will be there, even if the tickets are $300. {#Clap}
Takes me back to high school!
{#Skull}Thanks Bill!{#Motor}
 Papernapkin wrote:

Hey Crisssi. I got this on an eight-track when I was a teen. I didn't like it at first, then it grew on me, I guess because it helped define the time. Hearing it now it takes me back, but I wouldn't listen to it for anything other than nostalgia. Have I grown or devolved? Either way, I appreciate that you speak your mind. Some people here seem so stuck in the past. Peace to you.
 
If some people would stuck in the past, they would not listen to RP , i think. They would listen to some Oldie Station!?

volume = rating *9 {#Devil_pimp}
 conglif wrote:
Nice, but what I haven't heard in years is the live version from Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer's live album.

Anybody care to upload it and see if it makes it through?

 

Done. ...and....REJECTED. I tried.


 redtex wrote:

That's not Nigel Tufnel.

 

yes it is!