Wired (Jeff Beck album)

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Wired
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1976
StudioAIR Studios, London
GenreJazz fusion, instrumental rock
Length37:21
LabelEpic
ProducerGeorge Martin, Chris Bond, Jan Hammer
Jeff Beck chronology
Blow by Blow
(1975)
Wired
(1976)
Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live
(1977)

Wired is the third solo album by British guitarist Jeff Beck, released on Epic Records in 1976. An instrumental album, it peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.

Background and content[edit]

Of the album tracks, four are originals by Walden and one by Hammer. Middleton contributed the homage to Led Zeppelin, "Led Boots," and Beck chose to interpret the Charles Mingus ode to saxophonist Lester Young, "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", from the classic jazz album Mingus Ah Um. These last two tracks have been long-time staples of Beck's performance repertoire.

On 27 March 2001, a remastered edition for compact disc was reissued by Legacy Records, Epic and its parent label Columbia Records are now a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB−[2]
PopMatters(positive)[3]
Rolling Stone(positive)[4]

Wired received mostly positive reviews when it was released. In Rolling Stone, the reviewer cited it as being full of "fire and imagination".[4] However, Robert Christgau faulted it as technically proficient but soulless, calling it "mindless trickery".[2] Engineer Peter Henderson later said of the album, "I listened to that a few years later and it sounded like it had been recorded direct to cassette. I don't think it was one of my finer moments."[5]

Writing for AllMusic, Mark Kirschenmann said: "Within a two-year span, the twin towers Blow by Blow and Wired set a standard for instrumental rock that even Beck has found difficult to match. On Wired, with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock's most compelling guitarists is in top form."[6]

The album peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 in August 1976, spending a total of 25 weeks on the chart.[7] In the UK it spent 5 weeks on the chart and reached No. 35.[8] The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Led Boots"Max Middleton4:03
2."Come Dancing"Narada Michael Walden5:55
3."Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"Charles Mingus5:31
4."Head for Backstage Pass"Wilbur Bascomb, Andy Clark2:43
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Blue Wind"Jan Hammer5:54
2."Sophie"Narada Michael Walden6:31
3."Play with Me"Narada Michael Walden4:10
4."Love Is Green"Narada Michael Walden2:30

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirschenmann, Mark. Wired at AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2005.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Jeff Beck > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  3. ^ Warner, Simon (26 March 2001). "Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow / Wired > Album Reviews". PopMatters. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b Swenson, John (29 July 1976). "Jeff Beck Wired > Album Review". Rolling Stone (218). Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007.
  5. ^ Buskin, Richard (July 2005). CLASSIC TRACKS: Supertramp's 'Logical Song', Sound on Sound.
  6. ^ Mark Kirschenmann. "Wired - Jeff Beck | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Jeff Beck Wired Chart History". Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  8. ^ "JEFF BECK - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  9. ^ "40 Years Ago: Jeff Beck Releases 'Wired'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 13 January 2018.