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14 tracks that trace Jeff's entire career, from his precedent-shattering guitar-playing for the Yardbirds, through his solo work with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart to the tasty jazz-rock fusion of the '70s and '80s! Includes Shapes of Things; Beck's Bolero; Freeway Jam; She's a Woman; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat , and more. Vernon Reid pens the notes!

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listen  1. The Pump (Instrumental)Jeff Beck 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. People Get Ready ( With Rod Stewart) (Album Version)Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart;Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Freeway Jam (Album Version)Jeff Beck 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Shapes Of Things (Album Version)Jeff Beck 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Where Were You (Album Version)Alice Cooper;Jeff Beck With Terry Bozzio And Tony Hymas 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beck's Bolero (Album Version)Jeff Beck 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Going DownJeff Beck Group 6:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Jailhouse Rock (Album Version)Jeff Beck Group 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Instrumental)Jeff Beck 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Blue Wind (Album Version)Jeff Beck 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Plynth (Water Down The Drain) (Album Version)Jeff Beck Group 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Two Rivers (Album Version)Jeff Beck With Terry Bozzio And Tony Hymas 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Scatterbrain (Album Version)Jeff Beck 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. She's a WomanJeff Beck 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Sleeman on December 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When you're dealing with an artist who is not in the traditional mainstream, such as Jeff Beck, a good starter set that tries to tap into each of his various genres with his "hits" from each is a must, imo, unless you've got a lot of money to burn, in which case you could get in touch with me and I could help you...
Anyway, this disc does a good job of that. It showcases him at his best (imo) - when he's left alone with his guitar to provide the vocals - in tracks such as "Freeway Jam," "Beck's Bolero" (a Jimmy Page composition), and particularly "Where Were You," a galactic and breath-taking instrumental solo which provides *the* definitive track of his unique and glowing tone. It also gives a good representation of the few occasions where other artists have taken on the vocal responsibilities, most notably Rod Stewart, who got his first start as a part of the Jeff Beck Group.
It covers a nice mix of his jazz/rock fusion work, more radio-friendly tunes like "People Get Ready" (a favorite of mine even though I'm no fan of Rod Stewart - Beck's guitar's voice blows away Rod's in this elegant and masterfully played cover), and his harder rock covers ("Shapes of Things" and "Jailhouse Rock") that proved to be a prototype for Led Zeppelin.
The only thing I'd ask for in changing this set is including some of his more bluesy covers, specifically from his days with The Yardbirds ('course, he took over for Clapton when the group strayed into pop territory). It's understandable that they've been dropped, however, when you consider the difficulty of the task of trying to include bits and pieces of everything this uniquely talented and varied artist has done.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on April 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
British guitar god Jeff Beck has had one of those careers that is not easy to anthologize. He has a reputation for being "difficult," doesn't sign his own songs and only occasionally writes his own material. Combined with the fact that he's had only a very small number of obvious hits, and any single disc anthology is going to seem inadaquate. Nevertheless "Best of Beck" (the name perhaps an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the "other" Beck?), is an excellent collection for casual fans who want an introduction to his music.
The songs range from the late 60s through the late 80s, and vary widely in sound and style. Beck's early collaborators included Ron Wood and Rod Stewart, who appear on four tracks from "Truth" and "Beck-Ola," still his two best albums. By the later period, he was teaming up with the likes of Terry Bozzio (of Missing Persons!) for two more well chosen selections ("Where Were You" and "Two Rivers"). In between there are collaborations with synthesizer guru Jan Hammer ("Blue Wind"), an ace Beatles cover ("She's a Woman") and his successful mid-80s reunion with Stewart ("People Get Ready"). There may not be much consistency in this collection, but the music is nevertheless mostly excellent. On the downside, the CD booklet is fairly limited, containing only the barest of information about the artist.
Overall, an excellent single disc anthology that draws from a diverse and only fitfully successful career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wheeler on January 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Best of Beck is an abridged account of Jeff Beck. It covers his entire career after he left the Yardbirds.

Many of his best songs are included such as, The Pump, People Get Ready with Rod Stewart, Freeway Jam from Blow by Blow.

Where were You from Guitar Shop is also included and one of his best ever. You also get Going Down from the second version of the Jeff Beck Group.

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat from Blue Wind is also included.

Jeff Beck has numerous other songs that are not included on this album.

If you want the real deal get Beckology.

Beckology is much more extensive and includes his best songs from the Yardbird days.

There is nothing wrong with this album, its just that there is so much more that is not included.

If you want the Best of Beck in a nutshell then this is for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on March 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I must admit that I'm not big on jazz-rock fusion, which is the territory most readily claimed by Jeff Beck. I'm more into traditional/country/folk rock of the Stephen Stills/Neil Young/Dave Mason variety. I'm not completely unfamiliar with Jeff's work, but tend toward his more traditional work with The Yardbirds, and even owned 'The Jeff Beck Group', perhaps his most commercial LP, on vinyl in the 1970's. Sitting on the fringe of the jazz-rock fusion movement, I've perused and owned works by artists such as Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, but find Jeff's work the most appealing. Nevertheless, compared to many of the writers here, I'm lucky to know my Jeff Beck from my Beck, so take my advice for what it's worth.
This album has some great numbers on it, the majority of which are jazz-rock instrumentals. There is no question that Jeff Beck is one of the great guitarists of the modern era, regularly coaxing complex and creative sounds from his instrument. Among my favorites are the live recording of 'Blue Wind', 'Plynth', the familiar (though I'm not sure why) 'Freeway Jam', and the opening cut 'The Pump'. There is an instrumental cover of The Beatles' 'She's a Woman', though it is so heavily interpreted that it is difficult to hear The Beatles' chords coming through. This music is great for seeking escape into another dimension, exploring alternative aural passages, and trying to follow the intricate workings of Beck's mind taking form on his fretboard. For whatever reason, I find it great cruising music in the car.
There are several songs offering lyrics, such as Bob Tench's raspy, energetic delivery on 'Going Down', and Rod Stewart's inspired cover of The Impression's 1965 hit 'People Get Ready'.
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