Jeff Beck les paul review

Sound: Les Paul’s influence on scores of guitarists is undeniable, and the late innovator’s passing drove that point home even more when notable axe men from every genre spoke of his influence on their individual playing. It seems only fitting that arguably one of the most groundbreaking guitarists in his own right, Jeff Beck, stepped up to help create a concert commemorating Paul’s musical legacy. The show, billed as A Celebration of Les Paul and sponsored by Gibson, took place at New York City’s Iridium Jazz Club, where Paul performed regularly up until the last years of his life. With the help of such artists as the Imelda May Band, guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, as well as Gary U.S. Bonds and Trombone Shorty, Beck brings new life to 27 classic tracks, many of which were made famous by the dynamic duo of Les Paul and Mary Ford. That show, recorded on what would have been on Paul’s 95th birthday, can now be viewed on the DVD/Blu-ray Jeff Beck les paul Rock N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul. The vintage essence heard on many of those early Paul/Ford numbers is captured beautifully, particularly due to the selection of the performers. Vocalist Imelda May chose to pre-record many of her backing harmonies, effectively mimicking the complex, Andrew Sisters-like sound that Ford created. The back-and-forth play between May and Beck on such numbers like Poor Boy, How High The Moon, Bye Bye Blues, and Tiger Rag is both engaging and fascinating to watch. Director Milton Lage also needs to be given a big pat on the back because his crew did not skimp on getting close-ups of Beck’s solo work fingerpicking intricacies and all. Musically the entire DVD does feel like a slice out of the 50’s, which of course is perfectly suited for guest stars like Brian Setzer. While Setzer is only featured on two tracks (Twenty Flight Rock and Shake, Rattle, and Roll), the Stray Cat’s sleek soloing skills still sound impeccable on that classic Gretsch. Darrel Higham of the Imelda May Band deserves just as much credit for recreating the Elvis Presley-like style, vibrato, and groove to a tee on songs like Baby Let’s Play House and Train Kept A Rollin.’

Content: Jeff Beck’s Rock N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul is a 164-minute DVD that is just as much for Beck devotees as those interested in Paul himself. While the concert itself is certainly a polished, impressive tribute to Les Paul, in the same token it’s a geek-out fest for anyone interested in a close-up-and-personal look at Beck’s soloing style. The extras take that idea a step further with an in-depth Beck interview and a look at his guitars. For the Les Paul fanatics, there is a fantastic clip called Les Paul and his Little Black Box (otherwise known as the Les PaulVerizer) in which the legend describes the invention that can multiply anything, such as a guitar, fed into it. It’s in this particular moment you get to see all the best of Les Paul in one: his technology, his playing, and his charisma.

Production Quality: The video does have the clarity that only high definition can deliver, with the editing style being a straightforward one. There aren’t too many artsy shots and the most important aspect the close-ups of Beck’s solos are tackled beautifully. The one problem that arises during the entire DVD is that in between songs the vocal mic seems almost nonexistent for anyone trying to describe the title or story behind a track. This was obviously an in-house issue during the show that probably didn’t seem important enough to dub over in post, but it is somewhat distracting.

Overall Impression: The execution of the 20 songs on Jeff Beck’s Rock N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul, as you might expect, is impeccable. If rockabilly or old school rock is not your thing, then these 27 songs may wear on you after awhile. It’s hard not to at least appreciate both the showmanship and talent of the musicians onstage, however, and it’s absolutely a fitting tribute to a man who spent the majority of his life performing setlists like the one heard on the new DVD.

Jeff Beck Les Paul

The 1954 Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood is the most detail-precise reissue of this instrument ever produced by Gibson Custom. All of the intensively accurate Custom Shop craftsmanship is there. From the one-piece light mahogany back to the accurately-arched carved maple top to the light aluminum wrapover bridge to the one-piece Beck-profile mahogany neck with long-tenon neck joint. Beyond even these, however, the instrument exudes the vibe of the original, with a feel, sound and finish match that pay homage to Beck’s own modified Les Paul.

“It’s got glorious, simple melodies and a sound that’s beyond metal. It’s adult metal.” Jeff Beck on his forthcoming album
Even the pickups, Gibson’s Burstbucker 2 and Burstbucker 3 (neck and bridge respectively) are among the most accurate vintage PAF reproductions that Gibson has ever conceived, right down to the irregular windings from coil to coil and their lack of potting, two ingredients that contribute to an authentic late-’50s and early ’60s humbucker tone.

Signed, played and numbered
Limited to only 150 pieces, the Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood from Gibson Custom comes in two different series.

The first 50 guitars will be aged by the master luthiers at Gibson Custom to look exactly like Beck’s original, then personally hand-signed, numbered and played by Beck. The next 100 guitars will be prepared with Gibson Custom’s pioneering VOS finish. Each comes with a specially produced Gibson Custom case with Beck’s signature silkscreened on the top, a custom care kit and a certificate of authenticity.

New Jeff Beck album also due
Jeff Beck is also near-completing his first album since 2003’s Jeff, for a release in 2009. Guests include Imogen Heap. Beck says: “It’s got glorious, simple melodies and a sound that’s beyond metal. It’s adult metal.”

The as-yet-untitled album will be issued after the 30 March release of the DVD and Blu-ray set from Beck, Performing This Week – Live At Ronnie Scott’s.

Beck was recently an unlikely guest guitarist on Morrissey’s new album, Years Of Refusal, and plays duet shows with Eric Clapton in Japan in February. On 4 April, Beck will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.