Monday, January 14, 2013

The Jeff Beck Group
"Beck-Ola" (Vinyl)

Think of this as a reverse rock supergroup - released in 1969, members of the Jeff Beck Group went on to play in Faces (Rod Stewart) and the Rolling Stones (Ronnie Wood.)

This must have been a crazy time in rock 'n roll.  The community of musicians that played together in the psychedelic 60's traded partners into the 70's and many of them came out of the oven with some of the most important rock 'n roll music ever recorded.

There was a shift from the paisley-clad psychedelic rock to, simply put: heavy.
I'm very grateful for this changeover. It got rid of the Strawberry Alarm Clock and gave us Cream, Zeppelin...and the Jeff Beck Group.  On the back of the sleeve they even admit: "Today, with all the hard competition in the music business, its almost impossible to come up with anything totally original.  So we haven't.   However, at the time this album was made the accent was on heavy music. So sit back and listen and try and decide if you can find a small place in your heads for it."

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