Beck, Bogert & Appice: Live in Japan 1973 Live in London 1974
During his nearly 60-year career, Jeff Beck’s brief time with bassist/singer Tim Bogert and drummer/ singer Carmine Appice (both of Vanilla Fudge and Cactus) has been unfortunately often overlooked. Breaking up after only two years, the supergroup released just one studio effort while making a name for themselves as a powerhouse live act thanks to their heavy blues-rock sound and volume-drenched style. This box set aims to amend that history. Beck, along with Appice, mixed the cuts from multi-track recordings before his untimely death last January. It combines Beck, Bogert & Appice’s Live in Japan 1973, issued only in that country, with the officially unreleased set Live at the Rainbow 1974. Live in Japan 1973 finds the band members balancing their boogie-band tendencies with their more thoughtful jamming side. The set includes songs from BBA’s self-titled debut (a boisterous “Superstition” opener that offers an indication of what this unit is capable of doing and a rare Beck vocal on “Black Cat Moan”), Jeff Beck Group (“Morning Dew” and “Going Down”) and The Yardbirds (“Jeff’s Boogie”). After months of touring, Live at the Rainbow presents a trio that’s solidified their direction and confidently attacks the material—the latter versions of “Superstition,” “Blues DeLuxe/ You Shook Me,” with Beck on talk box, and “(Rainbow) Boogie” are particularly strong. Beck has stated that the trio’s musicianship was stellar but felt a lack of songwriting chemistry, leading to BBA’s dissolution. And, listeners can hear that, creatively, he’d already moved on. The new numbers that were meant for the band’s second album—“Satisfied,” “Solid Lifter,” whose deep pulsing bassline sounds like a predecessor to Beck’s 1980 solo track, “The Pump,” and the fiery standout ”Jizz Whizz”—hint at the jazz fusion territory Beck was set to astound the music world with on 1975’s Blow By Blow.