Jeff Beck Rock'n'Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul [Blu-ray]
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I first saw the edited PBS version and just HAD to buy the DVD. Take it from an old-school rock'n'roller: I'm telling you THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BE MISSED! The show was recorded on what would have been Les Paul's 95th birthday in 2010 in a tiny club in NYC. You'll have a better seat than anyone who was actually at this invitation-only event.
The show features the amazing guitar work of Jeff Beck, the gorgeous Irish vocalist Imelda May, who, when she covers the 1950's Les Paul and Mary Ford records contained in the show, is a dead ringer for Mary Ford. Ms. May did the same trick Ms. Ford did on the original Paul and Ford Records of the 1950's (one of Les Paul's many inventions) - she pre-recorded the harmony vocals on such songs as "How High The Moon", "Mockingbird Hill", "Tiger Rag" and more - and sang the lead vocal live with the band and the recorded harmony tracks - essentially singing harmony with herself. Each of the guest artists came out in turn and did their stuff, and boy, did they do it UP!Read more ›
There's a 15-minute bit with JB in his home with some of his most treasured guitars, relating a story to each one, that is just fascinating to watch. A Strat gifted from John McLaughlin? The Seymour Duncan "Tele-Gib" traded for the 1954 Yardbirds-era Esquire, and subsequent regret? A plastic guitar from Jimmy Page? A '54 Sunburst Strat that some guy just GAVE him? The "workhorse" Telecaster? Yep, pretty kewl stuff!
There's 1983 concert footage of JB playing live with Les Paul that's a hoot; LP tries to yank Beck's cord out of his Strat after a particularly blistering solo, and JB then tries to return the joke by de-tuning LP's; all in great fun.
From the same show, there's a Les Paul solo performance where he showcases his "little black box", which allows him to first layer several tracks spontaneously, then play lead over them. It reminds you just how much of a genius this guy was, not only as a musician, but as an inventor and engineer.
Then there's a long interview with JB. It's unfortunately marred by an annoying Entertainment Tonight/Access Hollywood-wannabe who obviously attended The Diane Saywer School Of Overanimated Interviewing. JB does relate a lot of his early life and influences, both from his family and music, and the over-acting-fake-tan-bimbo aside, it's damn interesting.
All of this may get overlooked with the other reviews in the excitement of the Irridium show, but anyone who is interested in purchasing this great DVD should know what else lies in store.
And..."The Train Kept A Rollin' " is worth the price alone. You hear Jeff do a nod to his Yardbird days, yet retain the aura of the original song. Wow.
Imelda May adds vocals on about half of the twenty tracks - and she is amazing. Her obvious love for the music pops right out of the screen. The rest of the musicians are likewise stellar - including Imelda's husband, Darrel Higham on guitar and vocals (he was part of Jeff's Big Time Playboy band, and added chops to the "Crazy Legs" CD,also a classic).
Among the added tracks on the DVD there are a great interview with Jeff, a clip of him showing off his "toys" (a guitar selection to die for!)and two pieces with Les Paul showing why he will always be remembered both as an artist and an inventor. The clip of him and Jeff jamming in the '80s is joyful and charming. Talk about loving what you get paid to do!
I plan on loaning this DVD out to my friends - the ones who wonder why I am such a Beckophile. I'm sure it will blow them away as much as it has blown ME away.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jeff Beck is great and the entire band rocks out in this DVD.Published 4 days ago by Alan D Stevens
Fun concert. Not as much Beck solo as I'd like but a solid cast of old time rock and roll players.Published 5 months ago by G. Sciascia
I'm not necessarily a fan of 1950's rock and roll but I am a Jeff Beck fan.This is pure fun and made me rethink about how I could not love this music. Read morePublished 7 months ago by drummerboy
Excellent tribute, the show is outstanding, highly recommended. Imelda May actually steals the show, Jeff seems to be like a session musician for her, check it out!!!!Published 8 months ago by Luis Colarino
Lots of great players with Jeff. He plays a variety of fantastic guitars. Imelda May is fabulous as wellPublished 8 months ago by Barbara G. Ivan