Jeff Beck
Wired


4.0
excellent

Review

by MBS USER (4 Reviews)
February 13th, 2006 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist


Take a look at your favorite album's cover. The album cover to many often seems like just a picture of the artist, perhaps a nice looking one. Most album covers just seem to blend in with the crowd, however, true originals seem to stand out. Sgt. Pepper's comes to mind, with it's vibrant colors and assortment of many people, not just the band. Jeff Buckley's Grace also comes to mind, with a portrait of Jeff, mic in hand, ready to sing his heart out. Wired is another one of those album covers, and is almost instantly recognizable by many music fans. The image of Beck and his Stratocaster seemingly moving at lightning fast speeds in a shade of blue stands out to others.

Wired was Beck's first foray from his blues/Yardbirds roots into the world of electronic music. There is a lot of synth on this album, and Beck merges the digital sounds with electric guitar seamlessly. The result? It's your judgement call.

It's interesting to note that Beatles legend George Martin produced on this album along with Blow By Blow. Bruce Dickinson, of Blue Oyster Cult Saturday Night Live fame, produced the remaster. It's also interesting to note that this is the first album cover that Beck has appeared with a Stratocaster on, with his others being Les Pauls.

The album starts off with Led Boots, and it's very clear that this song is very electronically influenced. There is a main synth riff repeating over and over, and Jeff playing over it. This song seems to give Beck's guitar a more electronic sound. It's not distorted, but it seems to sound like an effect on a synth. Whatever sound, it sounds good, and Beck's soloing is phenomenal.

Come Dancing is a funky song, with a groovy beat and sparse guitars. This however changes when Beck rips into a distorted solo, which literally notes a complete change of direction of where Beck was taking this. No longer is this song electronically dominated with Beck's stacatto guitar lines as a linear note, this turned into a real rocker. It breaks into a short interlude and Beck begins to start ripping again until the eventual fade out.

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat is a Beck masterpiece. It begins with some slow bends and is a step away from the previous two songs. No longer are the funky drumbeats and keyboards present, but just Beck and some slow blues. This song continues in this pattern. Drums enter, and Beck starts ripping it up. His way of expressing emotions through vibratos are present here, and you can just imagine Beck, standing on stage, just playing the hell out of this song, until the final cymbal hit fades out.

Head For Backstage Pass is like the first 2 songs, but it seems like a disco song at first. With it's moderate tempo and groovy feel, one can definetly dance to this number. Beck's tone here is impeccable, and almost indescribable. It's a real treat and one of my favorites on the album.

Blue Wind starts off with some light ride tapping, then bursts out into a fast pace duel between Beck and... himself? He solos for a bit, then plays a rhythmn section. Lather, rinse, repeat. Overall, this song is very fast paced and a fun listen.

Sophie is the longest song on the album and one of my favorites. With a frantic lead guitar line, pounding drums and some very interesting hooks, this song is a nice listen to, albeit a bit long.

Play With Me starts out with a synth riff and a fill. It then turns into another electronically oriented rocker orchestrated by the mighty Beck. Becks' tone is simply superb here, again. Near the end of the track, Beck begins to play fast. One begins to wonder how he was able to pull all this off without using a pick, especially getting the tone he is. This song is a clear precise attack of a solo.

The final track Love is Green starts out with double tracked guitars, some soft piano and a relaxing bass riff. It's very relaxing to listen to. A synth-like guitar line comes in and adds that little more to completely fuse the workings of electronic music and a classical composition together. An excellent closing, and one of the best tracks on here.

Wired is a good album, although some might turn a blind eye to it because A) it has the word 'jazz' in the genre title and B) it's all instrumental, if you couldn't tell. This may turn off some non-avid music fans from it. If you're looking for a awesome guitar oriented album that fuses a lot of different genres together, check this out.


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robo2448
February 13th 2006


132 Comments


Beck is awesome. I'd give this a 4 too. Not as good as Blow by Blow but still great playing.

Nice review

temporary
February 13th 2006


207 Comments


Great review. This is an awsome album, though certainly no Blow By Blow. Easily his best along with Truth.

Cain
February 13th 2006


155 Comments


The Goodbye Porkpie Hat is probably most notable on this one for garnering an appreciative comment on the cover from the composer of the original, Charlie Mingus. I love the chords in that song.

Very good review.

Hebrew Hammer
February 13th 2006


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think this is some of the best blues guitar work I have heard. I gotta get some more of this guy.

Krabsworth
February 19th 2006


31 Comments


Pretty cool album...really one of the only Jazz rock fusion albums to have commercial success.

Glomp
November 15th 2009


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review and good album. However, you failed you to mention that Goodbye Pork Pie Hat is a Charles Mingus cover.

jefflebowski
November 19th 2011


8243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this jams so much harder than I remember

Digging: Shellac - Dude Incredible

lifeson60
November 19th 2011


27 Comments


Excellent guitarist.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

clapton is usually mentioned alongside beck but clapton is a peon compared to him

Digging: iamthemorning - Belighted

drewcordova
October 1st 2012


705 Comments


I wouldn't call Clapton a peon, but Beck is definitely the better guitarist. His music seems more natural than contrived (as I belive Clapton's to be).

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2012


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

spot on

jefflebowski
April 2nd 2013


8243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

in the top 5 JR albums ever i reckon



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