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Watch Jeff Beck Play a Stripped-Down Version of "A Day in the Life"

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Below, check out a video that recently made its way to the interwebs. It shows Jeff Beck and London-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier performing Beck's well-known instrumental version of the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" in front of a small TV-studio audience.

The video is special, if not unusual, because Beck normally performs "A Day in the Life" with a full band. In fact, his Grammy-winning 1998 studio version of the track, which was produced by Beatles producer George Martin, features a full orchestra, which Beck alludes to at the beginning of the video. The clip also shows Beck's right-hand tremolo work up close, which is a rare treat.

If you like what you hear, live versions of "A Day in the Life" are available on all of Beck's recent live albums; that said, the version on 2008's Live at Ronnie Scott's (CD/DVD) is particularly moving. You can watch it below (bottom video).

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.