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Jeff Beck's Top 10 Studio Guest Appearances

Jeff Beck's Top 10 Studio Guest Appearances


05. Jimmy Copley, “Everyday I Have the Blues” Slap My Hand (2008)

For people who've survived listening to Beck’s over-produced Flash album (1986), it’s a real treat to hear him play with such a small, stripped-down band; in fact, all you really hear are the drums (Copley is a British drummer with impressive credentials) and Beck’s chunky-sounding Strat. And that’s fine, because you get to hear him turn a simple three-chord blues shuffle into a showcase for his whammy-bar hijinks and out-of-left-field bits and pieces.

 

04. Rod Stewart, "Infatuation" Camouflage (1984)

Listen to how Beck contributes something special and unique to what could’ve been just another catchy mid-1980s pop hit. Beck also appears in the video—as does actor Mike Mazurki, who can be spotted in the films Some Like It Hot and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (my all-time favorite movie).

 

03. John McLaughlin, “Django” The Promise (1995)

Simply put, this one gives you twice the bang for your buck: You get Jeff Beck trading off with John McLaughlin on a seven-plus-minute rendition of John Lewis’ “Django,” a musical elegy for guitarist Django Rheinhardt. Beck starts things off with the basic melody, and things pretty much get more and more interesting as the song moves forward.

 

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