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Jeff Beck – Rock’N’Roll Party Honoring Les Paul DVD Review

Released by: Eagle Rock Ent

Release Date: February 21st, 2011

Genre: Rock/Boogie Rock

Links: http://www.eagle-rock.com


1.) Baby Let’s Play House

2.) Double Talkin’ Baby

3.) Cruisin’

4.) Train Kept A Rollin’

5.) Poor Boy

6.) Cry Me A River

7.) My Baby Left Me

8.) How High The Moon

9.) Sitting On Top Of The World

10.) Bye Bye Blues

11.) The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

12.) Vaya Con Dios

13.) Mockin’ Bird Hill

14.) I’m A Fool To Care

15.) Tiger Rag

16.) Peter Gunn

17.) Rocking Is Our Business

18.) Apache

19.) Sleep Walk

20.) New Orleans

21.) Walking In The Sand

22.) Please Mr. Jailer

23.) Casting My Spell On You

24.) Twenty Flight Rock

25.) The Girl Can’t Help It.

26.) Rock Around The Clock

27.) Shake, Rattle & Roll

When you think about “Rock” pioneers the name of Les Paul is notoriously considered one of the forefathers of the electric guitar innovation. His enriched history can be traced back to the 1950’s when he recorded various records with his wife Mary Ford, and was very successful. Not only has Paul acquired and has been accredited with many musical discoveries, perhaps his most famous has to be the most popular guitar on the planet; The Gibson Les Paul guitar named after it’s creator.

This collectors treat comes via the great Jeff Beck playing a live tribute to his friend and rock and roll hall of fame inductee, at his most famous venue The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. Just to give you a little taste of how Les not only influenced legions of musicians but fans, in 1988, Paul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Jeff Beck, who said, “I’ve copied more licks from Les Paul than I’d like to admit.” I’m sure he was not the only one.

This featured DVD is another classy taste of Eagle Rock and they’re streak of great releases, here we have one of the best guitar players around honoring a legend with a night full of guests and music inspired by the man himself. Mr Les Paul.  Some of the special guests helping Beck are the very talented vocalist Imelda May, the cocktail voice of Darrel Higham with help from Brian Setzer, Gary U.S. Bonds and Trombone Shorty. In a night full of star guests, this very private and personal venue provides a closer look into the days where Les would regularly play and still remind audiences about the roots of Rock.

For fans that can recall (not this humble reviewer wasn’t even born yet) the Ford/Paul hits the like Beck trotted out such as:  “How High the Moon,” “I’m Sitting on Top of the World,” “Vaya Con Dios,” “Bye Bye Blues,” “I’m a Fool to Care,” “Hold That Tiger,” will find these songs breath new life with their own versions as ignited by the wonderful vocals of May and carefully crafted tone of Beck’s guitar. With so many highlights on this night, I have to choose just a few like the classic “Peter Gunn” which features those staple glaring saxophones ohh and what a treat they are, kudos goes to the killer sax job courtesy of Jason Rebello and Trombone Shorty on the trombone of course.

That wistfulness guitar of Beck once more leads the way on the classic cut “Sleep Walk”, and the absolutely breathtaking rendition of “Walking In The Sand” has May soulfully blasting some superb vocals alongside another great guitar lick by Jeff. The hits keep on coming but you add the very interesting feature interview with Beck and his behind the scenes features on the DVD and gives you a little more insight as what Les Paul meant to him as a person and rock icon. The audio on this video is superb and the quality is what we come to expect from Eagle Rock crystal clear and sharp.  A classy performance honoring one of the all time greats pioneers of Rock, a legend that is gone now but will never be forgotten. Any rock fan should feel the need to pick this package and enjoy a fine performance by Beck some talented group of musicians at a very intimate venue and featuring an array of styles from rockabilly to classic rock ballads.

Written by Denys

Ratings Denys   9/10

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