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Jeff Beck — Cause We've Ended As Lovers
Album: Blow by Blow
Avg rating:
8

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Total ratings: 2756









Released: 1975
Length: 5:40
Plays (last 30 days): 3
(Instrumental)
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 myriad wrote:

Jan Hammer on keyboard mate.

Jan Hammer did not appear on this album.   I believe he did play on the next album "Wired" however.
 jeffspar wrote:

I bought the cassette (yes i'm that old)  was blown away then.  Beck still holds up today!



I must be really old. I have the original vinyl.
Beck at his best.
I'm at the age where if someone says "Beck" I first think of Jeff 
(still have the 8-track)
One of my top three favourite guitarists of all time, ever. (Along with Rory Gallagher and Richard Thompson.)
 cosmicjoe54 wrote:





It was a repayment for the drum intro JB played in the studio that turned into Superstition which Stevie had promised him for earlier work on his album, Talking Book.  Ck out this article titled: How Stevie Wonder Stole a Number 1 Hit From Jeff Beck:  https://ultimateclassicrock.co...
 Ace13211 wrote:

One of my all-time favorite guitar recordings. Jeff Beck's finest hour.



What an old comment !
Extremely influential album. This was the stuff we were listening to in the late- Mid, pre punk 70s. 
Went to Jeff's concert in Cardiff this last Friday. 
Loved it
"Best guitarist ever".

Maybe.  Can he play Stairway to Heaven?
 jeffspar wrote:

I bought the cassette (yes i'm that old)  was blown away then.  Beck still holds up today!



Bought the vinyl when it came out (and yes, I'm that old!).
I think I might even like the version done with Eric Clapton and Doyle Bramhall ll. It's a very special take on this classic. Check it out: 
 Edweirdo wrote:


That's not strictly true - the Fender Rhodes doesn't have strings but tuning forks, which are sounded with a hammer like a normal acoustic piano.  Otherwise you're 100% correct.



Exactly!
 ecojot wrote:

Written by Stevie Wonder - how many of you knew?




Jeff Beck at Crossroads Festival .
Doesn't get much better than that.
Always liked Beck.  In fact I probably like him the most of the 3 who came from the Yardbirds.  Especially love his version of People Get Ready with Rod Stewart.
 tinypriest wrote:



What song are you listening to? There's no "synth" in this song. It's electric guitar, electric piano, bass, and drums. If it's the electric piano you're referring to, that's actually not a synth instrument. It's a mechanical piano that uses magnetic pickups on the piano strings similarly to how an electric guitar works. I'd love to see a "cheesy lounge act" that has a guitarist as good as Jeff Beck and a keyboardist like Max Middleton (who played the electric piano on this song).


Jan Hammer on keyboard mate.
Still one of my favorite songs ever...such fantastic guitar work. Plus a fantastic album cover. 
Each note is special.
Super Excellent in FLAC w/ great studio phones, amp & DAC! Thank You RP!  
 reallylost wrote:


I'd have left before Ted Nugent. Was he flaunting his guns? 


He said "back in the day". Like when Nugent was just a screaming good rocker, before he let out his inner a**hole.
 ecojot wrote:

Written by Stevie Wonder - how many of you knew?



Learning something new everyday.
GODLIKE!!! ICONIC!!!
 danoodles wrote:

Went to one of those all day concerts back in the day. It started with Ted Nugent, then Fleetwood Mac ( before they were the shit ), Jeff Beck, and Jefferson Airplane/Starship closed the show. We left after Jeff.



I'd have left before Ted Nugent. Was he flaunting his guns? 
 tinypriest wrote:



What song are you listening to? There's no "synth" in this song. It's electric guitar, electric piano, bass, and drums. If it's the electric piano you're referring to, that's actually not a synth instrument. It's a mechanical piano that uses magnetic pickups on the piano strings similarly to how an electric guitar works. I'd love to see a "cheesy lounge act" that has a guitarist as good as Jeff Beck and a keyboardist like Max Middleton (who played the electric piano on this song).


That's not strictly true - the Fender Rhodes doesn't have strings but tuning forks, which are sounded with a hammer like a normal acoustic piano.  Otherwise you're 100% correct.
Went to one of those all day concerts back in the day. It started with Ted Nugent, then Fleetwood Mac ( before they were the shit ), Jeff Beck, and Jefferson Airplane/Starship closed the show. We left after Jeff.
The entire album is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Back around 1980 a friend recorded this one tune on a mix tape for me, and it sure was cool.  I heard it on RP a few weeks ago. Last week I snagged the album from Music Millennium in Portland OR, excellent condition vinyl! Now got to listen to the rest of it. Thanks RP.
 ecojot wrote:

Written by Stevie Wonder - how many of you knew?



As someone who reads liner notes and album credits I do. Stevie Wonder also composed the next track on Blow By Blow,  Thelonius. 'CWEAL was written by Stevie for his collaboration album with Syreeta Wright 'Steve Wonder Presents Syreeta' which actually was released (December 1974) after Blow By Blow was recorded (October 1974). Another interesting cover from 'Blow By Blow' is 'She's A Woman' which was penned by Lennon & McCartney way back in 1964 and made it's way to the B side of  'I Fell Fine'. Odd coincidence, there is also a Lennon & McCartney cover on the 'Steve Wonder Presents Syreeta' album, 'She's Leaving Home' which appears on the Sgt. Peppers album. 
This song never ceases to cause chills.

I had a cassette copy from my time in the UK. I think this may have been one of my first 3 CDs purchased...or....maybe...Wired...so long ago.

EDITED to add "dedicated to Roy Buchanan and thanks to Stevie"
One of those rare covers that redefines the original. Beck took this tune and made it a thing of beauty.

Can you believe the 1 ratings? Terrible? Really? Some things are just inexplicable. 
 Stetsonman wrote:

what is with that synth?

makes the piece sound like a cheesy lounge act. something Murph and the Magic-tones would knock out.




What song are you listening to? There's no "synth" in this song. It's electric guitar, electric piano, bass, and drums. If it's the electric piano you're referring to, that's actually not a synth instrument. It's a mechanical piano that uses magnetic pickups on the piano strings similarly to how an electric guitar works. I'd love to see a "cheesy lounge act" that has a guitarist as good as Jeff Beck and a keyboardist like Max Middleton (who played the electric piano on this song).
what is with that synth?

makes the piece sound like a cheesy lounge act. something Murph and the Magic-tones would knock out.
 ecojot wrote:
Written by Stevie Wonder - how many of you knew?
 

Dang! I can hear it!
Easy 10 for this emotion packed controlled explosive
 ImaOldman wrote:
I absolutely idolize Jeff beck but someone please tell him to stop wearing vests with no shirt, he's 76 years old for god's sake.
 
That is why is the cool God, he absolutely does not care what we think. If you were blind, would it matter?
Only thing I don't like about this song is that is has to end.
 oldsaxon wrote:
Eargasm
 
10!
 ecojot wrote:
Written by Stevie Wonder - how many of you knew?
 
came to post that
I absolutely idolize Jeff beck but someone please tell him to stop wearing vests with no shirt, he's 76 years old for god's sake.
 Roguewarer wrote:
Magical.

If one were, say, laying in  the afterglow of intimacy bliss and, say, this song were to begin playing on one’s Sonos system throughout, say, one’s house, it would be proof of a most excellent higher power.
 

Except that it's about breaking up ...
Written by Stevie Wonder - how many of you knew?
Still one of m favorite tunes...nothing else sounds like it. 
I have always thought, since I bought both this and Wired were his two best records since his time with the Yardbirds!
Still one of the best tunes ever....still dig it like the first time I heard it.
So sad and lonely. He makes a guitar sing sadness.
Magical.

If one were, say, laying in  the afterglow of intimacy bliss and, say, this song were to begin playing on one’s Sonos system throughout, say, one’s house, it would be proof of a most excellent higher power.
Beautiful soulful and jazzy piece by Jeff Beck...solid "9"...
Fabulous, peerless, timeless record, impeccably produced by George Martin (who had a few minor hits with a Liverpool beat combo) and with the extraordinary Simon Phillips on drums (he was very young when he played on this record).  Check out his work with Hiromi who, for my money, is the greatest pianist currently playing in any genre.
Hi everybody,

I discovered this album when I was a teenager, let say 42 years ago, and always the same pleasure to listen to Jeff Beck ... A great chill ... As Santana, he has the Magic Guitar... And concerning, this beautiful song, I really appreciate also the musical performance done with Tal Wilkenfeld   (https://www.youtube.com/watch?...)

Regards
More proof that the really great musicians can play at any tempo.
 deadheadmark wrote:
F an A!  Love it! Especially when Tal Wilkenfeld plays base!
 
Funny! you can spell Wilkenfeld but you can't spell bass. 
Carry me away in the music...
 khardog145 wrote:
Live at Crossroads '07 with Tal Wilkenfeld on bass is outstanding too.
 
 

That performance brought me right back to his music.
F an A!  Love it! Especially when Tal Wilkenfeld plays base!
Fantastic!
Those "judging" folks across the pond need to award this man that CBE or, whatever that highest rank is!! He's got more talent in a fingernail, than most other guitarists out there have, in their entire repertoire!! And Rolling Stoned only ranked him FIFTH best outta top 100? Wtf? The man is brilliant and, incomparable!! Just, IMHO. And, yes, I am familiar with some of the other "top" guitarists, like Malmsteen, Eddie VH, etc. They may be able to come CLOSE to Beck's skills. But, close don't take the prize!
Just amazing! I'm sitting here, eyes closed, headphones in and enjoying while the chaos of my house spins around me.
I got to see him when he toured this album in the late 70's I was still in high school but such a fan. A fees yrs later I met a guy who is still a good friend who happened to win a competition from 4IP here in SE Qld his prize was to meet Jeff and get an autographed Strat. The fun part of that story is my mate was a drummer oh and the guitar had a warped neck so he sold. He's still got the pic of him being presented the guitar by Mr Beck.
love the Max Middleton keys as well.
this album redefined pop guitar music. It became the defacto standard that all aspiring guitarists needed to be able to say they could copy. I say copy, as the creative part will always belong to one Mr Beck
While adoring this as a romantic teen, I misunderstood the title...thinking it was along the lines of 'we've ended (up) as lovers'.  Still adore it, but hear things differently now.
One of the saddest laments ever recorded.  (Take that Debussy!)

Personal memories attached to this song, bring tears to my eyes 45 years after the fact.
I bought the cassette (yes i'm that old)  was blown away then.  Beck still holds up today!
One of my favorite Sunday evening albums.
 khardog145 wrote:
Live at Crossroads '07 with Tal Wilkenfeld on bass is outstanding too.
 
 
She's amazing, good pick Jeff.

Yeah, Steve Vai stole this a few times for sure, to compliment what he stole from Zappa.
Live at Crossroads '07 with Tal Wilkenfeld on bass is outstanding too.
 
Eargasm
haunting and beautiful 
My God!  No else can own this but Jeff.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
Interesting.....sounds much like Steve Vai's tribute to Frank Zappa "Frank" from his 1999 Ultra Zone Album.  Much of the chord progression seems to come from this masterpiece of Beck's, or at least has multiple influential elements.
 
Stevie Wonder wrote this song, not Jeff Beck.
So nice.
Blame on me, never heard this, thank you RP
 dkwalika wrote:
One of those albums everyone had at college. 

 
I don't know when that was - I know I bought mine in 1980 in Vancouver.
Classic outstanding guitar work...
i remenber Brade Runner :)
Jeff Beck is the man. Great musician and a great guy. 
We were there for this:  https://villagetattler.com/2015/05/08/a-huntington-busker-moves-a-legend-and-lands-on-the-paramount-stage/
Loaded with Super "Jamminess"  {#Tongue-out}
Yesssssssss!
Great then . . . great now.
Interesting.....sounds much like Steve Vai's tribute to Frank Zappa "Frank" from his 1999 Ultra Zone Album.  Much of the chord progression seems to come from this masterpiece of Beck's, or at least has multiple influential elements.
One of the best guitarist EVER!  Saw him again 2 years ago.  Same talent as he had 40 years ago!!!
 coloradojohn wrote:
Absolutely mesmerizing, after all these years. Practically jazz, yet undeniably rocking in its jamminess. 1 of the best guitar songs ever!

 

Totally agree. Sublime guitar phrasing.
Absolutely mesmerizing, after all these years. Practically jazz, yet undeniably rocking in its jamminess. 1 of the best guitar songs ever!
One of those albums everyone had at college. 
roy buchananan
Very nice segue from "Kaki King — First Brain" to this one. Thanks Bill! {#Cheers}
Awesome and inspiring 
 Pedro1874 wrote:
For the whole amazing show at Ronnie Scotts in London in 2010.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ndyILodYwM

For this track including a great bass solo by Tal Wilkenfeld as mentioned below by others https://youtu.be/VC02wGj5gPw

Outstanding Jeff! {#Notworthy}

 
My wife got me the blue ray of that performance for my birthday. Outstanding!!
Looks like you can pick it up for about 15.00 U.S. on some famous shopping sites! 
For the whole amazing show at Ronnie Scotts in London in 2010.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ndyILodYwM

For this track including a great bass solo by Tal Wilkenfeld as mentioned below by others https://youtu.be/VC02wGj5gPw

Outstanding Jeff! {#Notworthy}
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Man, this album was practically glued to my turntable that year, only to be evicted by Steely Dan's "Royal Scam."

1975? Say it hasn't been that long . . .  

 
OK.
"It hasn't been that long"

As long as I'm at it:

"The check is in the mail"
"No honey. That dress does not make you look fat"
And finally;
"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help"

Hope that helps!!!
 
 Proclivities wrote:

There are more than two choices, however, I do like this album.

 
Proclivities, et.al.:

LOL!  It's not that I don't appreciate, sometimes, the eye-candy aspects of what the industry sometimes tries to shove down our collective throats as popular music these days...because sometimes I do...especially when I want to be titillated.  Errrr...so to speak.  But when I'm in a kicked back headphone wearing "Colorado" state of mind (heh) I lean towards the likes of 'ol Mr. Beck here.  Great album when it first came out, and it still is today, too.  It seems to have held up under the tests and stresses of time.  At least....from my point of view. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Man, this album was practically glued to my turntable that year, only to be evicted by Steely Dan's "Royal Scam."

1975? Say it hasn't been that long . . .  
most excellent, well deserved 8 and potential upcoming 9 by next hearing :)
 stevewestern wrote:
My favourite Jeff Beck track ever - I used to listen to it as a wayward teenager way back in the late '70's and still love it !

 
Ditto
 Highlowsel wrote:

Would you prefer what passes for music these days?  Not all of it mind you...just the "popular" stuff?  That being from the booty shaking pole dancing stripper-type set instead?  {#Beat}

 
There are more than two choices, however, I do like this album.
Well Jeff stayed sharp!!
 
 Otomi wrote:

Did the woofers make the smoke eject rhythmically from those windows, like smoke signals?

 
Well, it did from our windows.

How'd you know?
 Ha ha....yeah what? No power chords? Anything more than 3 basic power chords and some of these youngsters can't mentally  keep up I'm afraid.

Highlowsel wrote:

Would you prefer what passes for music these days?  Not all of it mind you...just the "popular" stuff?  That being from the booty shaking pole dancing stripper-type set instead?  {#Beat}

 

 allmodcons wrote:
Annoying.

 
Would you prefer what passes for music these days?  Not all of it mind you...just the "popular" stuff?  That being from the booty shaking pole dancing stripper-type set instead?  {#Beat}
 allmodcons wrote:
Annoying.

 
and long.
I never said I have good taste in music, but it is nice to see there is someone that isn't writing  odes to the song I want to give the lowest grade just so it doesn't pop up after I press the PSD button {#Silenced}
well, as someone wrote on some other song, if you like ALL the songs on an eclectic radio station, something is not right :D
 allmodcons wrote:
Annoying.
 
I guess if you can't stand incredible, tasty guitar work it would be.
 kingart wrote:
Major Boston flashback.  This, Floyd or Born to Run was blasting out every dorm window. 

So classic '70s,  Without the keyboards, it's (almost) so '12. 

 
Did the woofers make the smoke eject rhythmically from those windows, like smoke signals?
Annoying.
 NickDanger wrote:
Sometimes it's difficult to separate the quality of the music from the memories and emotions it elicits. And that's a good thing.
 

Like a musical land mine, this has lain dormant to me all these years - until I stepped on it today. Perfect, deadly timing.
simply perfect. looking for the 11 button...
 bseib wrote:
Beck's live performance of this song at Ronnie Scott's in 2007 exceeds this recording. (That DVD is incredible BTW, and a worthy buy.) And the bass solo by Tal Wilkenfeld at Ronnie Scott's is incredible on top of it —- watch Beck's reaction to it!

Watch it here (quality not great, but still...)  https://youtu.be/VC02wGj5gPw

Enjoy.

 

Holy crap the face she makes at 2:37.  ADORABLE.  Loved this, thank you for posting.
oooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh.   --+-- goosebumps --+---
I'm really feeling this at the moment :(
definitive.  perfect.  beautiful.
 jagdriver wrote:

I concur.

 
yeah, got that dvd too. Tal W on the bass is superb!
What.... no Stanley Clarke??   something off  "journey to love".....was a complementary piece to this at the  time
 
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Timeless.  And dang near perfect in its fashion.
 bseib wrote:
Beck's live performance of this song at Ronnie Scott's in 2007 exceeds this recording. (That DVD is incredible BTW, and a worthy buy.) And the bass solo by Tal Wilkenfeld at Ronnie Scott's is incredible on top of it —- watch Beck's reaction to it!
 
I concur.
 bseib wrote:
Beck's live performance of this song at Ronnie Scott's in 2007 exceeds this recording. (That DVD is incredible BTW, and a worthy buy.) And the bass solo by Tal Wilkenfeld at Ronnie Scott's is incredible on top of it —- watch Beck's reaction to it!

Watch it here (quality not great, but still...)  https://youtu.be/VC02wGj5gPw

Enjoy.
 
Many thanks for that link - fantastic !
My favourite Jeff Beck track ever - I used to listen to it as a wayward teenager way back in the late '70's and still love it !
incredible. One of my favorite songs of all time
In my (now almost) 42 years, I have never heard anyone play a guitar like this man can play!!

Oh-by-the-way, this song is sweet to hear; full of emotion.........{#Whistle}
It is so refreshing to hear good music without vocals thanks, more please!