April 7, 2011 – 6:21 am

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Detroit 1968 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI; November 2 or 3, 1968. Very good audience recording.

For many long-time fans, this is the classic lineup - the piano-guitar duet (duel might be a more apt description) between Nicky Hopkins and Jeff Beck is breathtaking; the instrumental You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman) is quite spectacular and where Rod Stewart sang as if his life depended on it.

But let realomind continue with the tale:

Many international reputations were wiped out when bands played the Grande Ballroom and got blown off the stage by the likes of The MC5 or The Rationals. The Jeff Beck Group is not among them. They cut it at the Grande. When the Detroit musicians talk about the old days, Beck is most often mentioned (along with The Who) as a band that rocked bigtime. There are some real jaw-dropping moments during this show! Besides the obvious talents of the guitarist and singer (not to mention Woody who plays some cool lead-bass on Rice Pudding), Nicky Hopkins “rules” here.

David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine rates this show among the best of Beck’s bootlegs:

The 1968 US shows by the Truth band set the gold standard for live British power-blues, while Beck’s former Yardbirds mate Jimmy Page was still building Led Zeppelin. In late 2006, a remarkable bootleg surfaced: an audience tape of two seven-song sets from July of that year, at a Dallas club, Lu-Anne’s. This is how I described it in a review: “Beck solos with precise vengeful fire, whipping through his old Yardbirds showcase ‘Beck’s Boogie’ at manic velocity, then snapping back at Stewart’s vocal in B.B. King’s ‘Sweet Little Angel’ in sharp animal growls and dazzling slalom-like runs.” All of that goes as well for this nine-tune recording, a shockingly good rendering, from the audience, of Beck, Stewart, bassist Ron Wood, drummer Mickey Waller and pianist Nicky Hopkins in joyous-monster form. A special delight: the extra room that Hopkins, a master journeyman who died in 1994 and should be celebrated more than he is, gets to converse with Beck and Stewart in “Blues Deluxe.”

As the wikipedia reports, “Resentment, coupled with touring incidents, led the group to dissolve in July 1969.”

Thanks to realomind for sharing the tracks and to Bob McShane for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Shapes Of Things (7.5MB)
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Track 02. You Shook Me / Let Me Love You (12.6MB)
Track 03. Blues Deluxe (12.0MB)
Track 04. Jeff’s Boogie (10.0MB)
Track 05. Rock My Plimsoul (8.7MB)
Track 06. You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman) (7.9MB)
Track 07. Rice Pudding (15.8MB)
Track 08. Sweet Little Angel (9.9MB)
Track 09. Ain’t Superstitious (15.1MB)

Jeff Beck - guitar
Rod Stewart - vocals
Nicky Hopkins - keyboards
Ron Wood - bass
Mickey Waller - drums

In 2010, Jeff Beck released his first album in seven years, Emotion & Commotion. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 19 Responses to “JEFF BECK GROUP - DETROIT 1968”

  2. hey bigo, this looks good. thanks! i’ll get it. i’ve seen this same exact setlist on two different blogs, and they list nov 2 as the date. it has different artwork but it’s probably the same show.


    By Ed Saad on Apr 7, 2011

  3. Yum!

    By 2yrsnojob on Apr 7, 2011

  4. This should be fun! Thank you :)

    By tony on Apr 7, 2011

  5. No work and no prospects here in NYC. God - I woke up so depressed. I never dreamed the day would come when I could hear live Beck from 68. But since I was a teen in the late 70’s, his music has lifted me up more than once - to say the fucking least! Thank you very much for posting this music!

    By The Incredible Falling Owl on Apr 7, 2011

  6. Oh Boy! This should be a good one. Are those 1968 Dallas shows filed there at BigO headquarters, too? Awaiting the right time? I hope so. Like the Incredible Falling Owl, I have often had Mr. Beck get me through times when I would have faltered otherwise. I was lucky enough to see one of the dates on this tour and it’s a wonder my ears aren’t STILL ringing 40+ years later. They were fucking LOUD! Hendrix may have been the only band I ever saw that was louder.

    By Duncanmusic on Apr 7, 2011

  7. Thank you Big O amigos. This will make for some fine weekend music. Mr. Beck is an under appreciated treasure. Be well and thanks again.

    By James on Apr 7, 2011

  8. The sound is raw but quite clear (not bad for an audience recording in 1968).But this is the Jeff Beck Group at his best ! Thank You,friends.

    By Enrico on Apr 8, 2011

  9. Thanks bigO!- Love Jeff Beck– even when he plays the same set list for years…..

    By Namoosedog on Apr 8, 2011

  10. WOW!

    By RI Mike on Apr 8, 2011

  11. If this band had stayed together, they would have been huge.

    Thanks for this!

    By Just Bill on Apr 8, 2011

  12. This was one special amazing band. Way preferable to Zeppelin for me and it’s not hard to understand why Beck and Page fell out with Beck accusing Page of ripping the Beck group template and ideals off.

    Nicky Hopkins was one in a million - extraordinary talent who really complemented Jeff brilliantly. Rod never sang better and Ronnie Wood… his bass playing was superb - much better than his guitar work. Jeff was playing like a madman brimming with invention and genius. When it comes to the guitar, Jeff is and always will be “The Guv’nor” to me.

    This band had it all and it’s one of rocks tragedies that it imploded the way it did leaving us with a smaller legacy than one would had liked, but what is left and what we have via live tapes like this remains powerful even all these years later.

    By Harold Michaels on Apr 8, 2011

  13. Hey Ed! Thanks for that link to musictravellers! Oddly enough, it lead me to a 1971 show by Guru Guru. SWEET!

    Big O, many thanks for all you do for us! I’m afraid I don’t say it often enough, but I really appreciate all your efforts both musically and editorially. All the best!


    By golgo hakase on Apr 9, 2011

  14. This show is from 11/3/68, the 2nd of 2 nights at the Grande Ballroom. Thanks.

    By IASC on Apr 16, 2011

  15. Hello IASC

    Thanks for clarifying the date. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Apr 17, 2011

  16. Nice share. This is why I am still a Rod Stewart fan. The man when backed by stellar musicians is amazing and can really rock. Thanks BigO

    By Matt on Apr 27, 2011

  17. I was 15 years old in 1968 and my buddy and I snuck into the Old Grande Ballroom many times thru the women restroom windows on the first floor or the backstage fire escape door that would eventually open for people to smoke a joint! This was one KICK ASS show!!! Plus, I met Rod Stewart when he roamed around the upper floor before his set near that big open area and the staircase. It was so crowded that everyone was shoulder to shoulder- he bumped right into me and I spoke with him for just a moment. No one knew who he was- it was his first tour ever, but I was there to see the Beck group- I know exactly who he was! I was too high to remember the all the words traded- but I did tell him to have a great show and I’ll never forget the night, it was a BLAST!

    By Kevin B on Nov 22, 2013

  18. what a great story ,rock and roll at its best thanks for sharing the duke

    By the duke on Nov 22, 2013

  19. There is an interesting Jeff Beck show on sugarmegs right now from 1968 april the 25
    It`s a good item to have for a couple reasons, 1.even though sugarmegs lists the bass player as ron wood , it isn`t. Woods had been replaced by John “Junior ” Woods from the band Tomorrow.
    Ron had taken a short leave to play on a tour with the band “Creation”2. This could very well be the one and only time for many years that you would hear a live version of Love is Blue ,the sappy Paul Mauriat number that the group did .
    go here and look for
    jeff beck group 1968 Cirkeln Stockholm Sweden.

    Jeff Beck Group …. April 25, 1968
    Cirkeln, Stockholm, Sweden

    Jeff Beck - guitar, vocals
    Rod Stewart - vocals
    Ron Wood - bass
    Nicky Hopkins - piano
    Mickey Waller - drums

    Quality: vg/vg+ “AUD”
    Length: 6 tracks = 29:19 minutes
    Artwork: none.
    Samples: none.

    Set List:

    01 - The Way You Love Me>
    02 - I Ain’t Superstitious> Drum Solo
    03 - Jeff’s Boogie
    04 - Morning Dew
    05 - I Ain’t Superstitious> Drums(cut)>
    06 - (cuts in) Drums> Love Is Blue

    By sluggo on Nov 22, 2013

  20. Hey Sluggo…
    For some reason I like Beck’s version of Love is Blue. It cracks me up every time I hear it.

    By George martini on Aug 25, 2014

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