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on September 1, 2012
When I was a kid Jeff Beck was a guitar hero -- the flashiest guy around. When he turned to fusion I stopped listening because at the time I was a very loyal fan of acoustic jazz and resented the advent of jazz rock - which sounded like cop show music to me anyway. Now, decades later, with the prejudices of youth behind me, I have rediscovered Jeff. He really is a fabulous instrumentalist with a delightful flamboyance and an agreeable fondness for melody. Now, the ugly truth is that I just purchased this album and haven't received it yet so the only tracks I know are the ones on YouTube, but they are all great. There is one that I am particularly anxious to own, which is the version of Rollin and Tumblin with Imogene Heap. Rollin and Tumblin is a traditional up-tempo blues; I think it's sometimes credited to Muddy Waters. Cream did a cover version as did many other bands, I'm sure, back in the heyday of blues rock. It has a very catchy riff; possibly Eric Clapton came up with it starting from a traditional phrase. Jeff figured out a great way to play the riff and has turned the song into a really irresistable vocal/instrumental showpiece. Now, what is wonderful about Imogene Heap is that she is not someone you would expect to be singing a Muddy Waters song. She's into electronica and experimental stuff. But she has a great, powerful voice and an instinctive feel for the throb and urgency of an up-tempo blues. Her singing is at once surrealistic and traditional, inside and outside the tradition at once. Not many vocalists can pull that off. Many would try to imitate an old-time blues singer or else abandon the blues flavor entirely (that's how I picture Patricia Barber approaching the task). But Heap makes the tradition her modeling clay. Of course this is also true of Jeff's guitar playing -- he merges the song's antique bluesey feel with his exotic, futuristic flights (his sound often reminds me of a rocket taking off.) So the two of them make a good pair. At first I thought Jeff's sucession of female collaborators - including Heap, Imelda May, Jennifer Batten, Joss Stone, and bassists Tal Wilkenfeld and Rhonda Smith - was a gimmick. But in each case he comes up with an original and intriguing cross-breeding of styles. Perhaps gender doesn't matter with the non-singers. Still, there's a chemistry there that's important given that guitar rock tends to be a guy-thing. I am really impressed by his good judgment in finding collaborators. To me, Eric Clapton will always be the ultimate blues guitarist from Cream via John Mayall, and Jimmy Page will always be Led Zep. Jeff Beck is the only one of the three ex-Yardbirds whose current stuff eclipses his youthful exploits. While EC tries his hand at 'Autumn Leaves' Jeff Beck is still frolicking in the bursting buds of Spring.
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on October 4, 2012
Jeff Beck evolves a little bit every time he releases new material. He is never content on being stuck in a groove. He is most content jumping all over the place, like on this CD from jazzy riffs to heavy electronica. He still has the problem with his band mates trying to keep up with him even when he is playing in musical uncharted waters.

Personnel includes:
Jeff Beck (guitar), Imogean Heap (vocals), Jennifer Batten (guitar), Randy Hope-Taylor (bass), Steve Alexander (drums) & Aiden Love (programming).

Beck is truly an innovator, flawlessly creating, leaving nothing to criticize. His interaction with Imogean Heap on the cut "Rollin' and Tumblin' is classic. It is like he is trying to communicate with her through his guitar work, amazing.

This is Beck at his purist and most creative, forever experimenting. The man can put a note out there, bend it and ride it to eternity.

I have listened to Jeff Beck all my life and have come to the conclusion that there will just never be another Jeff, not in my lifetime.

This one is a keeper, decades of cutting edge music climaxing on one CD. As I said before, "flawless".

For previews of music and videos not available on Amazon, check out Jeff Beck's "You Had It Coming" on You Tube.
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on July 14, 2017
Maybe Jeff's best later release. Straight ahead rockers. I listen to this one a lot.
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on January 3, 2009
Unbelievable! The tracks on this album read like a primer of how a guitar god can remake himself & not be left behind in the scrabble of "stuff" that's discarded by (pop music) society!
I'm not even a guitar afficianado, ( I prefer a great keyboard player , usually) but a friend recommended this Cd & I was AMAZED!
Every track is special; it is aggressive; it is "grab you by the throat & shake you hard" aggressive. At the right volume, I could easily picture the paint on my walls shattering to the floor! Yet every track is ALSO well thought out, and extremely well performed.
This is terrific stuff! Buy it if you are into extraordinary guitar work!
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on May 19, 2010
This disk proved to be a surprise. What is most evident is that it's not organic. The manifold manipulations in the recording of this album can be a bit off-putting at first. For a musician so grounded in the blues it's not what you would expect, such a patchwork of recorded effects co-mingled with guitar rifts. It's not the kind of album you'll be asking "who played the banjo on that cut?".Given a couple of listenings much more is revealed. This is a very cohesive and unique batch of music demonstrating what a creative talent Jeff Beck is. Recorded in 2001,I'm a little late getting to this, but we can see Beck's ahead of the curve, and good music is timeless. There are elements of rock and blues interwoven into a solid, powerful, inspired recording. And as a bonus, the great cover, the workingman's hands, likely those of Jeff Beck. Defying convention,"You Had It Coming" is an example of why Jeff Beck has chosen to make his own way in the world of music. For those who have a wide range of musical favorites, this one is worthy of your attention. It may take a few times through to grow on you as it did me.
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on January 26, 2012
Jeff Beck is a master of the electric guitar. This recording is yet another excellent example of his brilliance. Just like BB King he began his career by building his own guitar out of the odds and ends he could find as a child displaying an overpowering need to make music that is still apparent in his playing today.

The shivering, jagged edged guitar work on "Dirty Mind", hard driving energy on "Loose Cannon", and frenzied licks on "Rosebud" by Mr. Beck, send a spark up the spine straight to the brain. The relentless, deft skills behind "Dirty Mind", counterpointed by the wonderfully innovative and spontaneous British singer Imogene Heap, is an example of what a brilliant 55 year old guitarist is capable of. Jeff Beck is a living legend whose chops can still be considered an obbligato for the electric guitar.
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on May 3, 2017
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on May 19, 2017
Yeah I had it coming. This is the music dreams are made of. For every person like me who picks up a guitar........enough said once again.
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on February 19, 2010
If you don't own this, play LOOSE CANNONS for 10 seconds to find out all you need to know about the cd. IT should be titled JUST LISTEN, cause that's all you need to do. This is not jazz, not the rockabilly cd he did 20 yrs ago, this is hard rock done by a master guitarman! I have no doubt that a blackbirdstopped at his windowsill while he was plugged in, applauded with his own tweetstyle, and Jeff answered back. I'm sure this is what inspired Blackbird. That bird flew higher & more majestically than usual that day. I'm also quite sure that 4 birds showed up the next day at the same time, just like we do. You don't have to be a birdbrain to know you need this CD, just listen...
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on February 21, 2001
Jeff Beck back again? So soon? He usually retires for 5 years or longer between recording`s. His new cd is nothing short of fantastic. It`s even better than Who else? Earthquake sets you up for the power and thrills of what the rest of the album has to offer.Roy`s Toy, Dirty Mind, Nadia, Loose- Cannon,Rosebud...WOW! This is Jeff beck at his finest so far! Blackbird and Suspension allow you to clean what`s left of your scrambled brains off your walls and furniture...then you start all over again. Play it loud, play it often. I`m proud of this man, never afraid to take chances and the brains and talent to pull it off. If you get a chance to see Jeff Beck live, don`t pass it up! He`s a living legend!
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