Emotion & Commotion (Amazon MP3 Exclusive)
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Emotion & Commotion (Amazon MP3 Exclusive)

April 13, 2010

Song Title
Corpus Christi Carol
Never Alone
Over The Rainbow
I Put A Spell On You [Feat. Joss Stone]
Lilac Wine [Feat. Imelda May]
Nessun Dorma
There's No Other Me [Feat. Joss Stone]
Elegy For Dunkirk [Feat. Olivia Safe]
Cry Me A River

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 9, 2010
  • Release Date: April 9, 2010
  • Label: Rhino
  • Copyright: 2010 Deuce Music, Ltd., under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.
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  • Total Length: 44:51
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  • ASIN: B003ELNV9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,283 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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114 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! April 13, 2010
By Satchmo
Format:Audio CD
"Emotion and Commotion" is Jeff Beck's much-anticipated new release. Clocking in at just about 40 minutes, there is no wasted space on the disc. I will not go through track by track, as the other reviewers have done a nice job summarizing each song. Basically on this album, Beck leaves behind the high-powered techno and electronica flavors of his previous albums "Jeff," "You Had It Coming" and "Who Else" and goes for a more laid-back, worldly groove of classic rock fusion with classical undertones. Besides his amazing tone, these songs are wonderful. The covers are arranged well and tastefully done. Anyone who can transition from the beautiful "Somewhere over the Rainbow" to Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You" and back to Jeff Buckley's "Lilac Wine" and make it cohesive within the album is doing something right. The Beck originals, "Hammerhead" and "Serene" are also well-written.

I recently started listening to Jeff Beck a couple years ago. I admit that I am a newcomer to his music. As a guitar player, I cannot even begin to comprehend Beck's tone and virtuoso skills. I am blown away by what he is able to achieve on his instrument. This album is highly recommended to 1)Any Jeff Beck fan (obviously), 2)Anyone who plays the guitar and wants to understand what is capable on the instrument, 3)Anyone who wants to explore creative and exciting new music, produced by one of the most criminally under-rated musicians of our time. Hope this helps!
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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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NOMINATED FOR FIVE GRAMMY AWARDS. MONUMENTAL HIGHLIGHTS "Elegy For Dunkirk","Corpus Christi Carol","Hammerhead", " Somewhere Over The Rainbow","Nessum Dorma" and "I Put A Spell On You."

"Emotion and Commotion" is Jeff Beck's newest studio album in the aftermath of his gloriously frenetic Jeff CD (2003). This CD is another classic but it's far different than all his previous releases. An Orchesta and three female vocalists play major roles and the CD embraces classical, opera, new age and cinematic genres in addition to Beck's awesome rock, blues and jazz fusion forte.

The opening track is a marvellous interpretation of "Corpus Christi Carol" that features Beck playing sustained single notes that swoop and soar with the stirring hurt of a human voice. The ensuing "Hammerhead" is laden with Beck's arsenal including wah wah pedal, whammy bar dynamics, brawny riffs and knifing solos. Song three is the virtuosic "Never Alone" which has a new age sound that is audibly assuaging. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is a major highlight as the guitar weeps and laments with a visceral tone that only Jeff Beck can coax and caress. Joss Stone energetically sings "I Put A Spell On You" accompanied by some stellar funk and blues chops delivered by Beck.

"Serene" is a pastoral and bucolic instrumental that further demonstrates Beck's eclecticism and it's bolstered by great bass playing and atmospheric soundscapes. Next is "Lilac Wine" sung by Irish phenom Imelda May. It's a nice song that imbues the album with some torch and pure jazz. It transitions into the poignant, edgy and ravishing "Nessun Dorma" that fuses Beck's fretboard prowess with the rousing sounds of the orchesta. ("Nessun Dorma" has been an incredible live performance at Jeff Beck's 2010 US concerts without the orchestra.
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61 of 74 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the "Commotion"? April 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
(Keep in mind that this reviewer is only a few years younger than the master, himself!)

First off, let me start by saying that I am a huge Jeff Beck fan, but my affection is not clouded by blind adoration. After waiting 7 years to get something new from one of the best rock/electric guitarists on the planet, this album leaves me severely wanting.

First, the obligatory compliments: Jeff plays with a depth of sensitivity that very few others in this genre can aspire to. His technique is simply jaw-dropping amazing. He dynamically bends and twists notes so that they flow more like those of a bowed, rather than a plucked instrument. This gives a lyrical quality to his playing that is nearly vocal in effect. And, as always, his tone is immediately recognizable. Jeff, as usual, uses his vast talent and tool box of skills very effectively on several of the tunes here, focusing on emotional content rather than technical pyrotechnics to communicate with his audience.

This "sparse" approach is, however, this album's greatest weakness since the majority of the songs here are really laid back, mellow, and, ultimately, forgettable. There are a couple of upbeat tracks in the mix between the likes of "Over the Rainbow" and "Serene" where he could have dug in and really boogied. Unfortunately, just as he gets to the point where our ears expect to hear Jeff turn on the after-burner he pulls back. Instead of a "kick a@@" pit bull on guitar we get a polite poodle.

Two tracks in particular follow this trend. "I Put a Spell on You" is an un-inspired and altogether un-original vocal and instrumental arrangement. This is a classic, bluesy song that has the potential to rip out your guts if done with real passion. Unfortunately, it just doesn't come together for me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful guitar album ever recorded? April 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'd give this CD a galaxy full of stars if that would help further my admiration and love for this man's music. "Emotion & Commotion" is like no other Jeff Beck album ever, but what parallels it does draw are to his most beautiful work from the past, including the now classic "Where Were You", "Nadia" and "Two Rivers".
To my ears, there really is very little "commotion" on this album unless you count the crunch of "Hammerhead". Even that rocker has a full string arrangement, which makes what would normally be a bluesy riff burst with new life and depth. Whether it's age, Beck's increasing interest in classical music, his always present desire to take guitar where nobody else has or even can, or all of the above, "Emotion & Commotion" is a stunningly beautiful piece of music.
With the delicate touch and love of melody that Jeff Beck possesses, he takes the familiar and sends it into the stratosphere. His reading of "Over The Rainbow" is absolutely gorgeous. The remake of "I Put A Spell On You" thumps along quite nicely to balance the CD out, with great vocals by Joss Stone, who also appears on "There's No Other Me."
"Lilac Wine" is a fine torch ballad with smoky vocals courtesy of Imelda May, with Jeff's guitar always at the right place and right time. What makes his playing so superior is his choice of notes. One could play other notes over a similiar arrangement, but nobody would hit the right ones like Beck does. It simply can't be improved upon.
Don't let the word "opera" scare you in some reviews. There is no operatic bellowing anywhere on this CD, much to my relief. The appearance of opera singer Olivia Safe is background melody without the runaway vibrato you'd expect.
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