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Beck band uncover the goods
By Martin Hayman
This latest tour for Beck, Bogert and Appice is their most important. The three musicians have waited long enough to make this band a reality: it`s now time to deliver the goods. The first time was more by way of an introduction and contained too much old material. The set has now been changed almost completely, and most of the old favourites from old bands have been dropped.
It was on their opening night at Dunstable`s Queensway Hall last Thursday that I caught them. They had only rehearsed for three days before the opening and a certain lack of precision was to be expected. It was a little ragged, but the overall effect is still like a sledgehammer blow. “Plynth” and “Shotgun” have gone, and “Beck`s Boogie” and “People Get Ready” was also supposed to have been dropped, but with two encores BBA were needing all the numbers they had.
As they have done for the last six months, BBA opened with “Superstition” which is the centre of considerable controversy between Beck and Stevie Wonder. BBA slow it down and thicken the sound, moving it closer to electric R & B than Wonder`s uptown funk. On the opening night the PA was rather unbalanced, resulting in a sound which favoured excessively Appice`s fantastic drumming, huge slabs of sound laid down with a metronomic backbeat.
Bogert`s bass is fast and clipped, and he handles it unlike any player I can think of off-hand. Occasionally he trades runs with Beck, each pushing the other ahead. As a trio it`s entirely convincing, each man playing off the other. In action one can well see why they ditched the singer and the keyboard: with the three of them it`s as tight as a bee`s ass.
One especially nice number in a programme which until the end contained few old songs was Don Nix`s “Sweet Surrender” with Bogert and Appice`s distinctive high harmonies and Jeff Beck playing a mellow soul/R & B guitar. Beck seems to have taken to heart Pete Townshend`s comments about single notes: he uses fat, beefy chords more now and single note runs are played in towards the song rather than out toward the audience, using the notes only as a part of the whole trio`s effect.
Beck has now also been persuaded to sing, and occasionally he stepped forward to the mike to supply some not very audible harmonies, and on “Black Cat Moan”, a more straight-ahead blues shout than most of the material, he takes lead vocal.
But my vote for the best addition to the set goes to “Lose Myself With You” with its strange, accented beat at the end, which gives the band all the opportunities they need to really work it out together. In any case the crowd was delighted to see the band again, and gave them a rousing cheer resulting in two encores, one with “People Get Ready” and the other with a sort of boogie, whether it was Jeff`s I couldn`t say, but by that time he seemed to be loosening out considerably, making the guitar bend and snarl with evident pleasure all round.
But an index of how much better it will get was given by Tim Bogert who afterwards commented disgustedly: “I thought it sucked.” Things are on the move again for BBA.
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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Dave Lambert, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Isaac Hayes, Peter Frampton, Rory Gallagher, Dusty Springfield, Syd Barrett, Stevie Wonder, Badger, Judy Sill, Jennie Hahn, Help Yourself, Ian A. Anderson, Pete Townshend.
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