Beckology

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Beckology
Box set by Jeff Beck
Released 19 November 1991
Recorded 1963-1989
Genre Rock, blues
Length 223:48
Label Epic / Legacy
Jeff Beck chronology
Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop
(1989)
Beckology
(1991)
Frankie's House
(1992)

Beckology by guitarist Jeff Beck was released in 1991 as a 3 CD career retrospective. Beckology covers the work of a guitarist widely acknowledged as one of the most influential and gifted exponents of the electric guitar, from early days with The Tridents through to his Guitar Shop album in 1989.

  • Volume 1 includes previously unreleased tracks from The Tridents, earthy mono recordings of Yardbirds classics like "Steeled Blues" and "Heart Full of Soul", four tracks from a Yardbirds BBC session, and Jeff's first solo single sides.
  • Volume 2 covers both incarnations of The Jeff Beck Group which each released two albums and finishes with Beck, Bogert and Appice tunes. Highlights here include the reworking of the Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things" with Rod Stewart on vocals, the driving "Plynth", the beautiful guitar work on "Definitely Maybe" and the reworking of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition".
  • Volume 3 tracks through what the sleeve notes call the "instrumental era" of the 1970s with tracks from the jazzy Blow by Blow and the acclaimed George Martin produced Wired albums. There is a live performance of "Freeway Jam" from 1977 with Jan Hammer, with whom Jeff had been touring and collaborated with as most recently as 2004, before concluding at the 1980s with Flash tracks like "People Get Ready" and Guitar Shop tracks like "Big Block" and "Where Were You".

A 60-page booklet comes with the album, and includes a biography by Gene Santoro.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Allmusic gave an enthusiastically positive review of the set, asserting that the mastering quality is far superior to any previous release while applauding the selection of material: "to survey Jeff Beck's entire career[...] would be a hopeless task, given the amount of anonymous session work that the guitarist did circa 1964-1966, but Beckology still manages to touch a few unexpected bases, even as it strings together all of the obvious and most of the important sides in Beck's output."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Volume One[edit]

  1. "Trouble in Mind" — The Tridents
  2. "Nursery Rhyme" (live) (Bo Diddley) — The Tridents
  3. "Wandering Man Blues" — The Tridents
  4. "Steeled Blues" — The Yardbirds
  5. "Heart Full of Soul" — The Yardbirds
  6. "I'm Not Talking" — The Yardbirds
  7. "I Ain't Done Wrong" — The Yardbirds
  8. "Train Kept a Rollin'" — The Yardbirds
  9. "I'm a Man" (Bo Diddley) — The Yardbirds
  10. "Shapes of Things" — The Yardbirds
  11. "Over Under Sideways Down" — The Yardbirds
  12. "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" — The Yardbirds
  13. "Hot House of Omagarashid" — The Yardbirds
  14. "Lost Woman" — The Yardbirds
  15. "Rack My Mind" — The Yardbirds
  16. "The Nazz Are Blue" — The Yardbirds
  17. "Psycho Daisies" — The Yardbirds
  18. "Jeff's Boogie" — The Yardbirds
  19. "Too Much Monkey Business" (live) — The Yardbirds
  20. "The Sun Is Shining" (live) — The Yardbirds
  21. "You're a Better Man Than I" (live) — The Yardbirds
  22. "Love Me Like I Love You" (live) — The Yardbirds
  23. "Hi Ho Silver Lining" — Jeff Beck
  24. "Tally Man" — Jeff Beck
  25. "Beck's Bolero" — Jeff Beck

Volume Two[edit]

  1. "Shapes of Things" — The Jeff Beck Group
  2. "I Ain't Superstitious" — The Jeff Beck Group
  3. "Rock My Plimsoul" — The Jeff Beck Group
  4. "Jailhouse Rock" — The Jeff Beck Group
  5. "Plynth (Water Down the Drain)" — The Jeff Beck Group
  6. "Drinking Again" — The Jeff Beck Group
  7. "Definitely Maybe" — The Jeff Beck Group
  8. "New Ways Train Train" — The Jeff Beck Group
  9. "Going Down" — The Jeff Beck Group
  10. "I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You" — The Jeff Beck Group
  11. "Superstition" — Beck Bogert Appice
  12. "Black Cat Moan" (live) — Beck Bogert Appice
  13. "Blues Deluxe/BBA Boogie" (live) — Beck Bogert Appice
  14. "Jizz Whizz" — Beck Bogert Appice

Volume Three[edit]

  1. "'Cause We've Ended as Lovers" — Jeff Beck
  2. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" — Jeff Beck
  3. "Love Is Green" — Jeff Beck
  4. "Diamond Dust" — Jeff Beck
  5. "Freeway Jam" (live) — Jeff Beck
  6. "The Pump" — Jeff Beck
  7. "People Get Ready" — Jeff Beck featuring Rod Stewart
  8. "Escape" — Jeff Beck
  9. "Gets Us All in the End" — Jeff Beck
  10. "Back on the Street" — Jeff Beck
  11. "Wild Thing" — Jeff Beck
  12. "Train Kept A Rollin'" — Jeff Beck
  13. "Sleep Walk" — Jeff Beck
  14. "The Stumble" — Jeff Beck
  15. "Big Block" — Jeff Beck
  16. "Where Were You" — Jeff Beck

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Jeff Beck Beckology review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 9 September 2011.