Top 10 Jeff Beck Albums

Jeff Beck is a legendary English blues rock guitarist. He was a member of the Yardbirds in the mid 1960s along with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page as the lead guitar. His style of playing was classified as “Raga Rock” since his sound was influenced by the Indian sitar. His technique consisted of furiously intricate playing modified by various electronic gadgets that later influenced every genre from heavy metal to jazz-rock. After leaving the Yardbirds, Beck formed the Jeff Beck Group consisting of a just discovered shy singer named Rod Stewart and his friend Ron Wood on bass guitar. Over the course of six decades, Jeff Beck has released 17 studio albums and half as many live recordings along with winning eight Grammys and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.

10. Beck-Ola

 Beck-Ola is Jeff Beck’s second studio album by the Jeff Beck Group released in 1969 and features the same lineup as Truth including keyboardist extraordinaire Nicky Hopkins. Mickie Most produced both albums that included Future “Faces” frontman Rod Stewart along with future bottleneck guitar wizard Ron Wood. Rod Stewart’s gritty vocals combined with Beck’s guitar mastery produce amazing results on tunes like “All Shook Up” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Drummers Micky Waller and Tony Newman provide the beat.

9. Flash

Flash was released in 1985 and won a Grammy for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance” for the composition “Escape.” The biggest radio hit off the album was a version of Curtis Mayfield and the “Impressions” 1965 “Civil Rights” anthem “People Get Ready.” It was a reunion with former “Jeff Beck Group” member Rod Stewart on vocals and reached the number 5 position on “Billboard’s Mainstream Rock.”

8. Beck Bogert and Appice

Beck Bogert and Appice is the only studio album of the trio composed of drummer Carmine Appice and bass guitarist Tim Bogert, both formerly with “Vanilla Fudge” and “Cactus” with Jeff Beck on lead guitar.

7. Truth

Jeff Beck’s debut album after leaving the Yardbirds was the 1968 release of Truth. It included Jimmy Page’s composition written for Beck titled “Beck’s Bolero.” The song was recorded with an early version of Led Zeppelin with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Keith Moon all Jamming together with Beck. The name for Led Zeppelin was reportedly first suggested by Moon at that session.

6. Blow By Blow

The album is influenced by the music of Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock while at the same time Beck was then co-headlining with John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra. Keyboardist Max Middleton provides the musical foil for Beck’s guitar to sing with rapturous abandonment in response to. One of the best examples of this interplay is “Scatterbrain” which was co-written by Beck and Middleton.

5. Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop

Jeff Beck released Guitar Shop in 1989 and it won a Grammy in 1990 for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance.” The album’s lineup included amazing rock drummer Terry Bazzio and producer keyboardist Tony Hymas who also wrote or co-wrote every song on the album. The album is completely guitar driven as Beck reaches a new level in guitar prowess through a variety of musical styles.

4. Wired

Jeff Beck’s seventh studio album since leaving the Yardbirds is a certified platinum jazz/funk offering with pure guitar experimentation that produces exceptional results. Rather than being involved in writing material for the album, Beck left that to his band while he concentrated on interpreting what they presented to him. With Jan Hammer in the group, it was a continuation of his Mahavishnu Orchestra jazz /rock fusion experimentation.

3. Who Else

When Who Else was released in 1999 it was the first album of original new material in a decade since 1989’s Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop. It was greedily welcomed by guitar aficionados and fans alike. The album contained a large assortment of musicians that included Jan Hammer and Tony Hymas who either wrote or co-wrote all but two songs on the album. The album opens in the rock genre and moves towards techno jazz/fusion along with ethereal guitar runs. “THX 138” is a frantic guitar run reminiscent of early 1960s guitarists like Duane Eddy and Dick Dale while “Declan” sounds Celtic.

2. Loud Hailer

Jeff Beck’s most recent release is 2016’s Loud Hailer which is composed entirely of compositions co-written by Beck except for “Edna” which is his alone. The album includes vocalist Rosie Bones and is a showcase for Beck to demonstrate the fact that his guitar playing still rocks and is capable of captivating listeners with other worldly sounds. Songs range from the opening with “The Revolution Will Be Televised,” countering the 1960s belief that it wouldn’t be, to “Scared for the Children,” a disturbing description of the present.

1. Live At Ronnie Scotts

Live At Ronnie Scotts is available both as a CD and a DVD and is an amazing array of musical selections that spans Jeff Beck’s entire career and the encore with Eric Clapton is amazing. The album was recorded in 2007 and released in 2008 winning the “Best Instrumental Rock Performance” Grammy for the album’s version of the Lennon/McCartney song “A Day in the Life.” The band is comprised of  Tal Wilkenfeld on bass, Vinnie Colaiuta playing drums, and keyboardist Jason Rebello. The album’s version of “Scatterbrain” was included in the setlist for Guitar Hero 5. Vocals are included on a few numbers with Joss Stone singing “People Get Ready” and Imogen Heap on “Blanket” and “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.”

Bob Gersztyn

As a teenager in Detroit, Michigan during the early 1960’s Bob Gersztyn saw many Motown and other R&B artists including Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. After his discharge from the army in 1968 he attended school on the GI Bill and spent the next 3 years attending concerts and festivals weekly. It was the seminal period in Detroit rock & roll that Bob witnessed spawning the MC5 and Stooges along with shows featuring everyone from Jimi Hendrix and the “Doors” to B. B. King and John Lee Hooker. In 1971 He moved to Los Angeles, California to finish his schooling where he became an inner city pastor promoting and hosting gospel concerts. He moved to Oregon in 1982 and began photographing and reviewing concerts for music publications. Since that time he has published myriads of photographs, articles, interviews, and contributed to 2 encyclopedias and published 6 books on everything from music to the military. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Bob%20Gersztyn His rock & roll photo art is available for sale on Etsy @: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ConcertPhotoImages?ref=seller-platform-mcnav Bob may be contacted personally at bobgersztyn@gmail.com

15 thoughts on “Top 10 Jeff Beck Albums

  • October 14, 2021 at 8:59 am
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    No “There & Back”? No.1 a live album? As for positions 2nd and 3rd…….
    BTW, Stevie Wonder’s original recording of “Superstition” does not include Jeff Beck on guitar, in fact there’s no guitar at all on it!

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  • October 14, 2021 at 12:49 pm
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    The Yardbirds were quite successful back in the late 60′ & early 70′; & I still have that vinyl collection. The
    Jeff Jeff Beck Group made quite an impact, then due to their changed style thru’ venturing into various directions I guess, they gained a new audience as well faded away from the old ardent fans. As for me he still is one of the greatest British guitarists. I do have some of the records you’ve displayed & maybe I”ll buy the whole set again.
    Thanks to Blues Rock for coming up with bands from my time. Maybe, that makes me feel old, already.

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  • October 15, 2021 at 1:39 am
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    On Live at Ronnie Scott’s , is you need love with Eric Clapton on this ?

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  • October 15, 2021 at 7:37 am
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    Yes. Missing There and back too. The Pump is one of his best songs.

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  • October 15, 2021 at 9:02 am
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    #3 You Had it Coming. #2 Guitar Shop. #1 Jeff.

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  • October 15, 2021 at 9:08 am
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    “Rough and Ready” should be in the top 3 of this list and it’s not even mentioned. Shameful.

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    • October 15, 2021 at 8:16 pm
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      Completely agree! As much as I have enjoyed all of Jeff Beck’s albums, Rough and Ready remains a personal favorite. Recorded in 1971 Jeff’s playing was ahead of its time. There are some very unique and innovative guitar licks throughout the album. Many other great guitarist finally took notice and started emulating years later.

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  • October 15, 2021 at 12:31 pm
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    My fav,Jeff beck live with Jan hammer

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  • October 15, 2021 at 12:44 pm
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    I seen Jeff Beck with S.R.V. at Joe In 89 and they both were great I loved every moment of it. S.R.V. will be truly missed and loved. Rock

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  • October 15, 2021 at 2:57 pm
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    Who compiled this crap. To include Flash confirms they have never listened to a Beck album

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  • October 15, 2021 at 6:23 pm
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    How can you not include There and Back, and Blow By Blow should definitely rank higher.

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  • October 15, 2021 at 6:24 pm
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    How can you not include There and Back, and Blow By Blow should definitely rank higher.

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  • October 15, 2021 at 9:04 pm
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    I had Blow by Blow and Jeff Beck with Jan Hammer when all my friends never heard of it, they were big KISS fans.
    The music of Beck was far too advanced for them to appreciate !!!

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  • October 15, 2021 at 9:19 pm
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    Why Beck, Bogart and Appice? Has to be the one album Beck regrets recording. One memorable track, Superstitious which Jeff gave Stevie Wonder the main chorus. Stevie completed the song and turned it into a major hit.
    I saw this trio at Ford Auditorium, Tim Bogart’s singing and Bass playing gave me a headache.

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  • October 21, 2021 at 10:57 am
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    The Yardbirds at the BBC 1965-1968 features astonishing guitar work in superb sound!

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