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BECK, JEFF - CD
BLUES DE LUXE

LABEL:
Godfather Records GFR 870
SOURCE:
Tracks 1-6: Fillmore West, San Francisco July 24th 1968; Tracks 7-10: Grande Ballroom, Detroit 3rd (cover says 2nd) November 1968; Tracks 11-13: Race Course, Laurel Pop Festival, Laurel 12th July 1969.
FORMAT:
1 cd
RUNNING TIME:
76.55
SOUND/SOURCE:
Tracks 1-6: Soundboard stereo; Tracks 7-13: Audience mono.
PACKAGING:
Trifold digipack
 


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SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10
 

TRACK LIST:

1. You Shook Me, 2. Let Me Love You, 3. Morning Dew, 4. Jeff s Boogie, 5. The Sun Is Shining, 6. Hi Ho Silver Lining, 7. A Natural Woman, 8. Rice Pudding, 9. Sweet Little Angel, 10. I Ain t Superstitious, 11. Rock My Plimsoul, 12. Hangmans Knee, 13. Blues Deluxe.  

 
REVIEW:
Here is a very nice recording from Godfather Records presenting a Wolfgang s Vault   recent upgrade of the band s Fillmore West venture, originally broadcasted by KSAN FM. This release is a new one, but the content has somehow always been around as Fillmore West cdr; this was the fifth of 6 almost consecutive nights that Jeff Beck s Group played in San Francisco in late July 1968 (only night off was the 22nd of July). The Jeff Beck Group   1st North American tour opened in New York on the 14th of June at the Fillmore East ending at the Shrine in Los Angeles on August 3rd . This date presents the band just 5 days prior the US release of Truth offering a tight and fantastic show. The tour was a great success both critically and financially. We get here the concert in better quality with no hiss, a great soundboard recording that also has an excellent stereo separation. This version of the Jeff Beck Group had Mickey Waller on drums: after a powerful You Shook Me, another gem comes on, Let Me Love You where there is a great contrast between Stewart raspy vocals and Beck s electric punctuation is sharp and effective while Wood bass plays pretty melodic lines supported by Waller flashy drumming. Next is Tim Rose Morning Dew where according to a review Beck switched to a Fender onwards; this song is an exercise of light and darkness with its slow tones and sudden bursts. On Jeff s Boogie each instrument has its solo spotlight including a bass solo by Ron Wood. Another shiny song is The Sun Is Shining, an Elmore James masterpiece which is played with confidence offering a real blues gem to all fans, the short setlist ending with a live version of Hi Ho Silver Lining, probably the only out of place tune which has the band s most commercial side sung by Beck himself at the end. Godfather Records has added some bonus tracks to this slim concert using Detroit November 68 and Laurel Pop Festival July 69 in order to fill up the disc with different songs offering a great document of its late 60s live show; although being in excellent quality these songs are recorded in mono from the audience and are no match for the fantastic sound experienced on the first six tracks. The Detroit show was released as Believes Superstition (Breakdown 308) and the Laurel Pop Festival gig had already come out on Two Festivals (Breakdown 110) both cdrs. Packaging is au pair with the label s notorious efforts and the whole disc presents arguably the best picture of the Jeff Beck ensemble.



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