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Friday, May 13, 2011

I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck Group

Everyone knows that Jeff Beck was just in front of Zep in bringing the hard rock blues to America...right...(The group produced two albums for Columbia Records: Truth (August 1968) and Beck-Ola (July 1969), both highly acclaimed. Truth, released five months before the first Led Zeppelin album, features "You Shook Me", a song written and first recorded by Willie Dixon that was also covered on the Led Zeppelin debut. It sold well (reaching number 15 on the Billboard charts). Beck-Ola while well-received, was less successful both commercially and critically. Resentment, coupled with touring incidents, led the group to dissolve in July 1969.)... did Ain't Superstitious,You Shook Me and Let me Love You... Right? And that Jeff was the first guy to put Rod Stewart onto lp in America... yeah...Rod's big break (With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group and then Faces. He launched his solo career in 1969 with his debut album An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down. His work with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces proved to be influential on the formation of the punk rock and heavy metal genres).

Recording sessions for the album took place over four days, the 14th and 15th and the 25th and 26th of May, 1968. Nine tracks were taken from these sessions, including eclectic covers of "Ol' Man River" by Jerome Kern, the traditional ballad "Greensleeves," the modern ballad "Morning Dew" by Bonnie Dobson, acknowledgment of two giants of Chicago blues in songs by Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters' "You Shook Me" and Howlin' Wolf's "I Ain't Superstitious," the album starting off with a song from Beck's old band, "Shapes of Things." Three originals were credited to "Jeffrey Rod," a pseudonym for Beck and Stewart, all reworkings of previous blues songs: "Let Me Love You" the song of the same title by Buddy Guy; "Rock My Plimsoul" from "Rock Me Baby" by B.B. King; and "Blues Deluxe" similar to another song by B.B. King, "Gambler's Blues." "Plimsoul" had already been recorded for the b-side to the 1967 single "Tallyman," and the tenth track, an instrumental featuring Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Keith Moon, and future Beck group pianist Nicky Hopkins, "Beck's Bolero," had been edited and remixed for stereo from the earlier b-side to "Hi Ho Silver Lining." Due to contractual conflicts, Moon had been credited on the original album as "You Know Who."

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