From The Yardbirds and The Jeff Beck Group to jazz fusion and Stevie Wonder, the guitar legend looks back on his stellar career
The most mercurial guitarist of his generation, Jeff Beck has never conformed to the conventional image of a guitar hero – except maybe when it comes to looks. He has repeatedly left or broken up bands before their commercial potential could be realised.
Here, the man himself looks back of the key songs in a career that takes in pioneering blues rock, drop-dead cool funk, lightning-speed jazz fusion and everything in between.
The Yardbirds – Train Kept A Rollin’ (single, 1965)
Jeff Beck: “We did that with Sam Phillips at Sun Studios in Memphis on our first tour of America. Giorgio Gomelsky, who was in charge of the band at that time, phoned him up and Sam said: ‘It’s Sunday. We’re closed’. Giorgio told him he was missing a great opportunity to record a happening band, and eventually persuaded him. So we went down and recorded a couple of tracks.
“To be honest, our version of Train Kept A Rollin’ was pretty awful but it was different. I’ve studied the Johnny Burnette Trio version since and it’s still the most amazing track ever. It’s also kept Aerosmith going for quite a while. In fact, it backfired for me when I put it back in the set, and people would come up and say: ‘I loved that Aerosmith track you played’.”
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Source: Louder Classic Rock