September 3, 2012 – 4:31 am

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BBC Compilation: March 1967 to September 1968 [no label, 1CD]

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Here is a Jeff Beck BBC compilation that has also circulated as Lost Early Sessions - Live At The BBC Collection 1967-1968; and as BBC Sessions 1967 & 1968 (with a slightly different tracklist).

Thanks to Mesquite who shared the tracks on Dime in 2006.

Mesquite noted: “Here is a Beck BBC compilation 1967-1968; this one assembled from my DAT tapes. Thanks to my pal in the Great White North for this.”

Here is a post at

One of the reasons that bands were invited to perform sessions for the BBC during the 1960s and 1970s was due to the restricted ‘needle time’ that existed in the UK at the time. By undertaking ‘live sessions’ it enabled the BBC to provide more popular music performances, and get around the ridiculous limitations placed on them by the ‘Performance Rights’ authorities. These crazy restrictions were also in part the reason that Offshore ‘pirate’ Radio took off in the ’60s and ’70s. The legacy however has ironically given us high quality live performance recordings of bands from The Beatles through to The Yardbirds.

Until to date, no Jeff Beck BBC material has been officially released. One can only speculate why.

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Saturday Club, BBC Radio, off transcription LP - March 7, 1967
Track 01. Hi Ho Silver Lining (4.5MB)
Track 02. I’m Losing You (3.3MB)

Saturday Club, BBC Radio, off transcription LP - July 4, 1967
Track 03. Rock My Plimsoul (6.9MB)
Track 04. Tallyman (4.6MB)

Top Gear, BBC Radio, off transcription LP - September 17, 1968
Track 05. Rock My Plimsoul (3.8MB)
Track 06. Shapes of Things (5.4MB)

Saturday Club, BBC Radio - March 7, 1967 (Broadcast March 18, 1967)
Track 07. I Ain’t Superstitious (2.9MB)
Track 08. Beck interview (1.6MB)
Track 09. Hi Ho Silver Lining (4.5MB)
Track 10. I’m Losing You (3.6MB)
Track 11. Let Me Love You (5.4MB)
Track 12. Stone Cold Crazy (5.8MB)

Saturday Club, BBC Radio - July 4, 1967 (Broadcast July 8, 1967)
Track 13. Rock My Plimsoul (6.7MB)
Track 14. Tallyman (4.5MB)

Top Gear, BBC Radio - November 1, 1967 (Broadcast November 5, 1967)
Track 15. I Ain’t Superstitious (with cuts) (4.0MB)
Track 16. Beck’s Bolero (4.6MB)
Track 17. You’ll Never Get To Heaven (4.7MB)
Track 18. You Shook Me (4.2MB)
Track 19. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (5.4MB)

Top Gear, BBC Radio - September 17, 1968 (Broadcast September 29, 1968; November 3, 1968)
Track 20. You Shook Me (4.6MB)
Track 21. Rock My Plimsoul (6.6MB)
Track 22. Shapes of Things (6.1MB)
Track 23. Mother’s Old Rice Pudding (6.8MB)
Track 24. Sweet Little Angel (7.7MB)

Tracks 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 - Jeff Beck (guitar), Rod Stewart (vocals), Ron Wood (bass), Mickey Waller (drums), Dave Ambrose (bass)
Tracks 3, 4, 13, 14 - with Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Aynsley Dunbar
Tracks 5, 6, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 - with Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Mickey Waller

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  1. 26 Responses to “JEFF BECK GROUP - BBC 1967-1968”

  2. Whoo-hoo, and here he is! Thanks Big O!

    By raoul duke on Sep 3, 2012

  3. Excellent! Fantastic stuff. Much appreciation to Big O in making this available!

    By Brian S on Sep 3, 2012

  4. Wunderbar! I enjoyed getting to hear live versions of early songs I only had studio cuts of, like “Hi Ho Silver Lining”, which was polished and poppy, like the unrelated “Green Tambourine”. Here, tracks 1 and 9 are raw rock n roll guitar monsters. Love this!

    By 4yrsnojob on Sep 3, 2012

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed the Faces shows and am looking forward to hearing this! THANK-YOU THANK-YOU THANK-YOU BIG O! : )

    By Ron M on Sep 3, 2012

  6. Track #5 is Shapes of Things.
    Track #6 is Rock My Plimsoul.

    By sluggo on Sep 3, 2012

  7. This is an excellent collection and overview of the talented Mr. Beck. Thank you Big O.

    By Belmo on Sep 3, 2012

  8. Bravo, Big-O! Grand stuuff…….. sank-u.

    By Timmy on Sep 3, 2012

  9. You need to give Beck credit for the vocals on Hi Ho Silver Lining and Tallyman (such as they are).

    Thanks for posting this.

    By Andrew on Sep 3, 2012

  10. Quite often Rod Stewart would play rhythm guitar as well. When Beck`s Bolero was performed live he would use a 12 string.

    By sluggo on Sep 3, 2012

  11. thanks for two days of great guitar glory. ‘truth’ and ‘birds of fire’ remain two of my favorites to this day. these last two postings take it to a new level.

    By Billy Jack on Sep 3, 2012

  12. I’ve heard that jimi page did some guitar on
    beck’s bolero,is that true?

    By easynow on Sep 4, 2012

  13. wouldn’t surprise me easynow, although, if we believed all the rumors, page played on most all of the big british bands’ records until the formation of zep. the stuff of myth and legend?

    By Billy Jack on Sep 4, 2012

  14. beck`s bolero version from the truth lp has jeff and jimmy page , keith moon and john paul jones.
    Keith was ready to leave the Who at this point and wanted this to be a band.

    By sluggo on Sep 4, 2012

  15. Page played the 12 string on Beck’s Bolero. Keith moon was on drums. Beck and Page fought publicly for years over who wrote the song; which makes the two of them duetting on it at Beck’s Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction all the better!

    By Just Bill on Sep 4, 2012

  16. page was a session musician in the 60s and did what seems to be 70% or more of what came out of britain at the time he did the work. there are a few lp (and cd) sets of much of this work that were released back in the 70s as collections. there was one called james patrick page session man. then another one came out a bunch of years later kinda like a 2nd vol collection.
    some fans put together similar sets that went around collectors circles on cdr only and had over 100 songs but might have had 2 or 3 songs that he didnt appear on.
    for me it isnt important that he merely appear on a track but if he shines on it. if theres something that rings out and says JIMMY PAGE when im listening to it then thats worth it to me. his studio work is much more valuable than his live work of course where as becks live work and claptons live work is more impressive than their studio work.
    when i was younger i would endeavor to collect all i could with page connected to it but i realized later that it was far more important that if i didnt feel his input then whats the point? a note or two that he was just there to be there to add his part as a session musician that doesnt touch me wont mean much but when he adds his touch like say clapton does on phil collins ‘i wish it would rain’ for example..then i am much more interested.

    By darth on Sep 4, 2012

  17. And don’t forget that Charlie Bronson soundtrack.

    By sking on Sep 4, 2012

  18. Wow,thank you for all this enlightning,i didn’t
    expect so much informations,it is true that page was in many studio sessions like duane allman.
    i hope there is a compilation of that :)

    By easynow on Sep 4, 2012

  19. There are actually quite a few compilation discs featuring Jimmy Page and his session work.
    Wailing Sounds, Voodoo Blues, This Guitar Kills 1962-1964 volume one , and volume two from 1965-1968, Hip Young Guitar Slinger, two volumes,No Introduction Necessary,Session Man, Studio works to name a few.

    By sluggo on Sep 5, 2012

  20. thanks for the tip sluggo,i’ll put my ears on it

    By easynow on Sep 5, 2012

  21. Thanks

    By George martini on Sep 6, 2012

  22. Thanks Big O. On Tracks 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 you list both Ron Wood and Dave Ambrose on bass? Anyone know what’s up with that?

    By JB on Sep 7, 2012

  23. Here’s a BBC clip on youtube from 1967.

    By JB on Sep 8, 2012

  24. I believe that tracks 03 and 04 & tracks 13 and 14 are the same, but from different sources and slightly different speeds. Not sure which date is correct, but probably 1967, not 1968.

    By Just Bill on Sep 11, 2012

  25. you list both Ron Wood and Dave Ambrose on bass? Anyone know what’s up with that?
    at one time Woody was to play rhythm guitar which meant they needed a bass player.
    Dave Ambrose/bass player was a friend of Rod Stewart`s from his “Shotgun Express” band , he was recruited . At this point it is highly probable that Rod Coombes was drumming. Coombes didn`t last long and was replaced for a short while by Aynsley Dunbar.
    A total of six different drummers are reported to have played with this short-lived band.

    By sluggo on Sep 11, 2012

  26. yes 13/14 is a repeat of 3/4. the first date is correct. the show was aired in a different area or even different country as part of a series of bbc brdcsts on the 2nd date. the 2nd two tracks actually came off the radio onto a tape recorder.

    By darth on Sep 11, 2012

  27. Great post.. thanks Big O :)

    another reason that many artists did BBC sessions was because it was paid work. They got paid for the session per musicians union fee scales - probably a lot easier way to earn money than playing some small venue a couple of hundred miles drive away :)

    By Johnny KnowAll on Oct 3, 2012

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