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Following his departure from the Yardbirds in 1967, Jeff Beck started off 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 George Martin of Beatles fame, 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 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! Gatefold colored 180g vinyl pressing from Friday Music, mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I.