Title - 'Performing This Week ... Live at Ronnie Scott's'
Artist - Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck is 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 Scott's 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 INCREDIBLE double album guitar masterclass kicks off with a drum and guitar soft open to what is now known as 'Beck's Bolero,' before a hectic set of drumming, and some devilish bass leads us into the short 'Eternity's Breath' and then the blistering 'Stratus.' The glorious twists and turns of 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers' is next, and that is followed by the reggae styling of 'Behind The Veil,' the funky bass slappin' beats of 'You Never Know,' and both the flowing 'Nadia' and the blues funk (complete with broken down drum solo) of 'Blast from The East.'
The powerful 'Led Boots' is next, which is backed by the slow drum intro to the haunting 'Angel (Footsteps),' which in turn is backed by the playful guitar work of 'Scatterbrain.' That bleeds seamlessly into the guitar/drum stomp of 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Brush With The Blues,' which is then followed by the electronic-sounding, and highly frenetic 'Space Boogie.' The towering 'Big Block' is next, and the first CD ends with both the Beatles track, 'A Day In The Life,' before 'Where Were You,' and Beck himself thanking the audience for coming out that night, bring the disc to a close.
The double CD then takes a fresh turn for the opening of its second disc by giving us five songs recorded live with other people. The duets with his special guest musicians begin with British soul singer Joss Stone on 'People Get Ready,' which is followed by British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap on 'Blanket,' before we get two with guitar legend ("I'd like to welcome to the stage a man who certainly knows his way around a Stratocaster ...") Eric Clapton ('Little Brown Bird' and 'You Need Love'), and then finally from the stunning quintet, a truly funk and blues version of 'Rollin' And Tumblin' back with Imogen Heap, once more.
After those we then get seven more tracks, this time with Beck accompanied by Big Town Playboys, a British R&B band that plays American music of the 50's like it was back in the day. The rock 'n' roll rumbles immediately with 'Race With The Devil,' ramps up with 'Crazy Legs,' and fires up the engines to full on fire with both 'Train Kept A Rollin' and 'My Baby left Me.' This rip roaring second CD is then brought to a rousing live 50's close with 'Matchbox,' the heavy foot stomp of 'Baby Blue,' and then the mid tempo blues break of 'Honky Tonk.'