Jeff Beck Wired on Hybrid Stereo SACD from Analogue Productions
Now on Hybrid Stereo SACD!
Mastered from the Analog Tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Jeff Beck’s position in the pantheon of great electric guitarists is indisputable. A rare breed of guitarist like Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix, Beck is not only compelling for what he plays, but for how he plays it. While some guitar players use racks of gear to create sound, Beck prefers a simple, natural approach that emphasizes manual dexterity over gadgets. Like few guitarists before him, Beck plays the entire guitar. Using his fingers instead of a guitar pick for greater speed and control over the fretboard, Beck adds deft twists of the volume and tone knobs to shape the notes as he’s playing them and further bends sounds into a rubbery tangle with his controlled cruelty on the whammy bar.
Following his departure from the Yardbirds in 1967, Beck started his solo career by exploring the heavier side of rock before switching gears in 1975 with the groundbreaking instrumental jazz-fusion albums, Blow By Blow and Wired. Produced by Sir George Martin, famed producer of The Beatles, the two albums shattered people’s preconceptions of what a rock guitarist was supposed to sound like. By fusing the complexity of progressive rock and improvisatory freedom of jazz with intergalactic guitar tones and a sense of humor, Beck opened up the horizon for future guitar instrumentalists like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. They remain two of the top-selling guitar instrumental albums of all time.
For 1976's Wired, Beck and Martin reprised their magic from Beck’s Blow By Blow with yet another stunning set of jazz-rock-funk fusion for the ages. Beck also brings back the great Max Middleton on keyboards and Richard Bailey on drums, to go along with new additions like keyboardist Jan Hammer, bassist Wilbur Bascomb and drummer Michael Narada Walden. With legendary workouts like Charles Mingus’ "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and Hammer’s "Blue Wind," Wired found Beck on one momentous roll, setting the bar seriously high for every guitarist in its wake!
• Hybrid Stereo SACD from Analogue Productions
• Mastered from the analog tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
• Compatible with both CD and SACD players as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players
• Also available as a 200g 45rpm 2LP-set