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Don't judge a book by its cover
on December 10, 2015
I originally bought Wired and Blow by Blow on a whim looking at one of my favorite guitar players (Randy Rhoads) influences at the time in 2007 or so. I instantly fell in love with both of those albums. I came across this album in March of 2008 on Amazon and even with it's basic and to the point cover, I was pleasantly and rather surprised in the content Mr. Beck composed. Every song is very good with no filler material imo. Most of the songs are almost Sci-fi instrumental rock with subtle hints of jazz and blues incorporated in there(Star Cycle, Space Boogie, You Never Know, El Becko, and the Final Peace) . Then you have "Too Much to Lose" which is a Jan Hammer cover but a great one at that. I honestly haven't heard the Jan Hammer group version until a year or two ago and it works better as an instrumental imo. Very relaxing and smooth with no lyrics really needed. Actually cut a sample for my BlackBerry 8330's notification for a good long time. Then you have more rocker instrumentals such as "The Pump" or "The Golden Road" which rather vary from each other. "The Pump" is a part of the movie "Risky Business's" soundtrack what got some acclaim. Its a very smooth and mellow rocker that is played through the mind of a guitarist playing with a drum machine. As a guitar player I have found myself playing with a drum machine and doing similar but not nearly as good things as Mr. Beck has done with his song. Almost as if a true experienced professional were to do a drum machine style mellow rock song. Well done imo. The Final Peace was a bit ahead of its time though. You have to figure its 1980 and virtuoso guitar was a new thing at the time. The way the leads were played you'd think it were done toward the late 80's easily. Like Jason Becker or Steve Vai style leads before they were ever popular. Overall "There and Back" is a great album and definitely worth checking out if you haven't yet!