December 5, 2008 – 3:58 am

With ace bassist Stanley Clarke in the lineup, the Jeff Beck 1978 tour sounded promising but it’s really Jeff Beck’s show. Wish there had been more fireworks between the two.

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Heavy Winds [Scorpio, 2CD]

Live at Shinnittetsu Yahata-taiikukan Kokura, Japan, November 28, 1978. Very good audience recording.

Jeff Beck has a way of staging “little” comebacks. Before his November 2007 gig at Ronnie Scott’s in London, Beck was not getting the kind of headline news other “stars” were getting. But Eric Clapton showed up, the two jammed on stage and Jeff Beck became hot again.

Go back a little further to 1985 when Miles Davis had a hit album with You’re Under Arrest when he jazzified Time After Time and Human Nature. Well, Beck had Flash where he electrified Curtis Mayfield’s People Get Ready and won a Grammy in the process.

Let’s go back even further. When it comes to fusion, most people tend to think of jazz musicians adding rock elements into their music. For Beck, he just made his rock music jazzier.

According to the Jeff Beck Fanzine, when Beck was recording Blow By Blow (1975), he “was really into Stanley Clarke’s music. When he toured to promote Blow By Blow, he performed Clarke’s song Power in concert. Clarke heard about this and was knocked out by it. When Beck was around the area he dropped by his Long Island home and introduced himself. The two immediately began a friendship and Beck ended up playing on a few of his records.”

Meanwhile, “the Beck/Hammer Group tour (1977) didn’t really please Beck. He was mad at (Jan) Hammer’s growing ego to become a pop star. Sometimes Hammer would just go wild playing that portable keyboard and one would think he was the main star.” So the next band Beck had consisted of Tony Hymas (keyboards), Simon Phillips (drums) and superstar bassist Stanley Clarke. For some fans, Stanley Clarke was the Jeff Beck of bass.

While Beck and Clarke have since appeared on each other’s albums, apparently the 1978-1979 tour was the only tour the two appeared on stage together.

For this November 1978 show, not surprisingly the setlist comprised a number of tracks from the Blow By Blow album. Beck also played Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Blue Wind from Wired (1976), and even previewed Star Cycle, which would only appear on the There And Back album (1980). Given Clarke’s stature, Beck included Clarke’s hits, Lopsy Lu and School Days, in the setlist (naturally Clarke had a solo spot on the latter).

The prospect of seeing two guitar greats duelling on stage must have been very tempting but from the sound of it, this was really Jeff Beck’s show, and a very fine show it was. If only Clarke had a stronger presence. Still, long-time fans will not be disappointed and newer listeners might even be converted.

Note: This Scorpio release features two shows over four discs. We are offering only the November 28, 1978 show. Discs 3 and 4 feature the November 29, 1978 show at Koseinenkin-kaikan, Osaka, Japan.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing. Disc 1
101. Darkness - Earth In Search Of A Sun
102. Star Cycle
103. Freeway Jam
104. Cat Moves
105. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
106. Bass Solo - School Days

Disc 2
201. Journey To Love
202. Lopsy Lu
203. Diamond Dust
204. Scatterbrain - Drum Solo
205. Rock ‘n’ Roll Jelly
206. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
207. Blue Wind

Jeff Beck: Guitar
Stanley Clarke: Bass
Anthony Hymas: Keyboards
Simon Phillips: Drums

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  1. 9 Responses to “JEFF BECK IN JAPAN 1978”

  2. Two of my favourite musicians together. Wonderful! Jeff Beck is just so fantastic, could listen to him play guitar all night long.

    By Roger on Dec 5, 2008

  3. please send me a copy of this show thank you peace and trust in me.

    By greg conciello on Dec 5, 2008

  4. greg conciello - do u realize that the show is here for u to download? no one needs to send anything anywhere. are u new? did u click on the links? did u read where it says to click on the hilited trax? ty to bigO for this show. woohoo!!

    By darthcdrz on Dec 6, 2008

  5. Thanks for this little diamond. Great !

    By Thomas on Dec 6, 2008

  6. Beck is a genius, thx!

    By Albert Mudat on Dec 8, 2008

  7. Terrific boot - I already have it!!!

    Is there any chance of making discs 3 & 4 available, please? I don’t have that one!

    Cheers & thanks fo the great work!



    By Moth Clark on Dec 8, 2008

  8. As always, thank you very much!

    If you can post the other two discs, that would be much appreciated!

    Again, thank you!

    By 655321 on Dec 10, 2008

  9. This is why YOU RULE! Thank you!

    By Walter on Apr 21, 2009

  10. Sounds good, thank you Big O and have a merry Christmas.

    By James on Dec 8, 2009

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