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Jeff Beck's Top 10 Studio Guest Appearances

Jeff Beck's Top 10 Studio Guest Appearances

When a legendary guitarist is invited to play on a recording session, he or she is expected to make a noticeable impact on the song or album being recorded.

Bearing that in mind, Jeff Beck—as a session guitarist—has pretty much never disappointed.

Here are his top 10 guest-session appearances.

Actually, we've thrown in a bonus track. Our math was never all that good anyway!

 

11. Bon Jovi, "Blaze of Glory" Blaze of Glory (1990)

Beck guested on Bon Jovi's 1990 album, Blaze of Glory, even lending a solo to the album's title track.

As it turns out, someone in YouTube land was thoughtful enough to post this 31-second clip of Beck's isolated guitar solo, so you don't even have to listen to the entire song (I mean, assume you don't really want to, which is very understandable).

At the very end, you can hear someone scream "Yeah!" from the control room.

 

10. The Pretenders, “Legalize Me" Viva El Amor (1999)

At first, one wonders if Beck is even playing on this song—until just around the 2:14 mark, when he boldly announces his presence with one of his freakish trademark whammy-bar moves—and it only gets better from there.

 

09. Toots & The Maytals, “54-46 Was My Number” True Love (2004)

This is from a Toots album that’s packed with guest appearances by big-name guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Trey Anastasio, Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards. But, as always, Beck stands out in a crowd, delivering a cool, weird solo that almost makes it sound as if his part was tracked backwards in the mix (It wasn't). It’s also a nice change of pace to hear Beck in a reggae setting.

 

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