September 4, 2012 – 1:48 pm


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Return Of The Axe Murderer [no label, 1CD]

Mix of radio broadcasts (BBC 1967-71) and live tracks. Very good audio.
One Of The Best [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Paris Theatre, London; June 29, 1972. Very good radio/Pre-FM? broadcast.

Those late ’60s and early ’70s Jeff Beck BBC tracks have been so widely circulated that most fans would have gotten them in one form or another. And some of these tracks are duplicated across different bootleg releases.

Return Of The Axe Murderer: The first seven tracks are also found on the BBC Compilation (link) which we have recently shared. Richie Unterberger at noted: “This is a good single-disc 68-minute assortment of BBC sessions, outtakes, and live and interview material… It’s true this disc is mostly for serious Beck fanatics due to its minor imperfections and bits’n'pieces assembly, but these are fine performances overall, with some excellent and occasionally mind-spinning guitar work (especially on Let Me Love You and (I Know) I’m Losing You).”

One Of The Best: This is a recording of the June 29, 1972 gig at the Paris Theatre, London, which was previously shared by Philip Cohen - thanks Phil! (link). Whoever compiled this included two bonus tracks: Goodbye Porkpie Hat and Crossroads (with Clapton on vocals?). They have also resequenced some of the tracks.

This is the tracklist according to the BBC Transcription Reels:
1 Ice Cream Cakes
2 Morning Dew
3 Goin’ Down
4 Definitely Maybe
5 News Ways/Train Train
6 Ain’t No Sunshine
7 Got The Feeling
8 Let Me Love You

Some notes on the BBC Transcription Reel (posted at musictravellers.blogspot):

After Rod Stewart left the Jeff Beck Group in 1971, Beck had intended to form a power trio with Vanilla Fudge members Carmine Appice (drums) and Tim Bogert (bass), but those plans were derailed when he suffered a serious car crash in 1970. By the time he recuperated in 71, Bogart and Appice were playing in Cactus, so the guitarist had formed a new version of the Jeff Beck Group.

Featuring keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Cozy Powell, bassist Clive Chaman, and vocalist Bobby Tench, the new band recorded Rough And Ready (1971) and Jeff Beck Group (1972). Neither album attracted much attention. A far superior artifact of this lineup is the group’s European Tour in 1972. Taken from a Radio 1 “In Concert” these reels boast the band in devastating form. Of all the Jeff Beck bands, this lineup was always the most musically satisfying. They possessed a depth and quality that remains unparalled by Beck’s subsequent project bands. From the weeping duo guitars of Beck and Tench on the ballad Definitely Maybe to the absolutely definitive soul classic rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine”, the band preen and strut like possessed demons. Beck’s walking on water!

Cactus dissolved in late 1972, and Beck, Bogert and Appice formed a power trio the following year. The group’s lone studio album was widely panned due to its plodding arrangements and weak vocals, and the group disbanded the following year.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Return Of The Axe Murderer
Track 01. Hi Ho Silver Lining (4.6MB)
Track 02. I’m Losing You (3.3MB)
Track 03. Rock My Plimsoul (6.9MB)
Track 04. Tallyman (4.6MB)
Track 05. Hi Ho Silver Lining (4.5MB)
Track 06. Shapes Of Thing (3.8MB)
Track 07. Rock My Plimsoul (5.4MB)
Track 08. Going Down (5.7MB)
Track 09. Got The Feeling (8.1MB)
Track 10. Ice Cream Cakes (10.8MB)
Track 11. Got The Feeling (7.7MB)
Track 12. Superstition (8.2MB)
Track 13. Definitely Maybe (11.7MB)
Track 14. Let Me Love You/You Shook Me (12.6MB)
Track 15. Jeff Speaks (11.9MB)

Track 1 - BBC 3/67
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5 - BBC 7/67
Tracks 6, 7 - BBC 4/68 (September 1968?)
Tracks 8, 9, 10 - BBC 12/71
Tracks 11, 12 - studio 1971
Track 13 - Boston, MA May 3, 75?
Track 14 - Fillmore East, NY June 15, 1968?

One Of The Best
Track 01. Ice Cream Cakes (10.8MB)
Track 02. Morning Dew (8.2MB)
Track 03. Piano Solo/Going Down (6.7MB)
Track 04. Definitely Maybe (12.1MB)
Track 05. Ain’t No Sunshine (7.2MB)
Track 06. Goodbye Porkpie Hat (6.9MB)
Track 07. New Ways (12.5MB)
Track 08. Got The Feeling (9.5MB)
Track 09. Let Me Love You (10.2MB)
10. Crossroads (Clapton on vocals?)  - Omitted

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  1. 24 Responses to “JEFF BECK - BBC 1967-1972 AND MORE”

  2. Big O you might want to remove track 10 from the One of the Best , this recording of Jeff and Eric clapton was released officially on the Secret Policeman`s Other Ball lp back in 1982.

    By sluggo on Sep 4, 2012

  3. All these Jeff Beck and Faces shows lately reminds me to tell you to RUN , don`t walk to your nearest bookstore and buy a copy of Andy Neil`s book “The Faces,Had me a real Good Time”
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book , just the right amount of dirt and technical info..Starts with the Small Faces and goes from there, over 400 pages of fascinating info about the band and all the intertwining musicians.

    By sluggo on Sep 4, 2012

  4. hey sluggo, et al, are the secret policeman recordings still in print? i recall some incredibly tasty things on there, page, clapton, beck, townsend. i also recall beck running circles around the others on some tracks. had two of the lp’s way back, that went the way of the wind. i know you guys know. sluggo? darth? anyone? anyone? bueller?

    By Billy Jack on Sep 4, 2012

  5. billy jack ,i really don`t know if the secret policeman discs are in print but I kind of doubt it after a quick peek on ebay. The record lps are priced fair enough but the cds must be made out of gold, holy smoke..
    Do you recall the “Further on up the road “track from this disc.I always got a chuckle out of this because it seems to be Eric`s “go to” track when he`s jamming , I have versions Freddie King, The Band etc and on this one with Jeff , Eric gets smoked, I mean just smoked..

    By sluggo on Sep 5, 2012

  6. one more thing[can`t help it, the jeff beck material gets me excited] the picture on the front cover of axe murderer is jeff`s head superimposed on someone elses body.just a fyi for ya..
    Jeff Beck rules!

    By sluggo on Sep 5, 2012

  7. It`s great to finally get some JB on the site,especially the Paris Theatre gig.The band is burning and Jeff is on point and just killing every song.Thanks Big O.

    By couz on Sep 5, 2012

  8. thanks sluggo. further on up the road was the one i specifically remember jeff just cutting ec into tiny bits. axe murderer indeed. my opinion has always been that beck was(is) the best ‘pure’ player of the three(clapton/page). i could just be splitting hairs here, but i’m glad i’m not the only one who thinks so. thanks for all the beck big-O. you continue to hit home runs…

    By Billy Jack on Sep 5, 2012

  9. and before all the page and clapton fans start crushing me, i love both of them also. just saying, i find beck’s playing to be more consistently captivating. obviously, the other two bring more to the table in other areas: vocals, songwriting, and producing. not to mention the ego/temperament issues of mr. beck, that made it nearly impossible to keep a band together. i mean, imagine if jeff and rod could have been able to cohabitate enough to collaborate through the years…

    By Billy Jack on Sep 5, 2012

  10. my thoughts exactly billy jack .

    By sluggo on Sep 5, 2012

  11. secret policemans other ball..which i think is the 2nd one is possibly still in print. it was in print as of 2 yrs ago on cd. promo copies of the lp were easier to find than actual official store bought copies when they first came out. i had over 200 promos and only 2 or 3 actual regular ones. i used to sell them in my shop for $3-5. to this day i think i have seen less than 10 copies of the actual official lp.

    By darth on Sep 5, 2012

  12. I still come across copies of the lp quite regularly at flea markets, and yard sales.
    I have never seen a cd version.

    By sluggo on Sep 5, 2012

  13. Sluggo - will do on the book thanks!

    Another excellent read (and I’m probably preaching to the choir) is Hot Wired Guitar: The Life of Jeff Beck by Martin Power. Around Chapter 9 a very good account of the BBC 67-69 era recordings are mentioned to complement the post. Very highly recommended. I often have trouble putting down!

    Thank-you Big O once again!

    By Ron M on Sep 5, 2012

  14. thanks sluggo and darth. always good info from both of you. i’ll keep my eyes open.

    By Billy Jack on Sep 5, 2012


    rhino released the cd in 92..cant believe its under 39mins according to the info on left. adding up the times of the 11 tracks it doesnt add up correctly–its way off.

    By darth on Sep 5, 2012

  16. when u come across copies of the record at flea mkts thinking u found the regular one.. slide out the record. look at the label. sure u may have indeed. but just for a goof take an extra few seconds and see if its a white label promo. as i say i had more of em than regular copies but logically they should be worth abt $75-100.

    ot - stones are releasing 2 new songs on their greatest hits cd coming out in the fall. these songs were recorded in paris recently. i know we have a lot of stones fans here and thought yall would care.

    By darth on Sep 6, 2012

  17. billy jack and sluggo:

    Amnesty International Proudly Present The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball- The Music
    Compact Disc R2 71048 Rhino licensed from Springtime! 1982/1992
    Sting, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Bob Geldof Phil Collins Donovan The Secret Police

    By George Martini on Sep 6, 2012

  18. ‘Cause We Ended As Lovers
    Farther Up The Road

    By George Martini on Sep 6, 2012

  19. thanks to george and darth. another amazing thing about big-O and its posters. this offering ends up generating a bunch of conversation about a track that was omitted. outstanding!

    By Billy Jack on Sep 6, 2012

  20. WOW! Thanks once again, BigO! Nothing to add to the excellent string of comments already posted, but heart-felt THANKS!

    By walter the architect on Sep 6, 2012

  21. Great to hear all these Beck live tracks thanks for posting them.

    Track 12 of Axe Murderer is of course “Situation” not “Superstition” as listed. I was pretty sure that despite being in on the original recording session for the Stevie Wonder song he hadn’t recorded his own version before Beck Bogart and Appice.

    “Jeff Beck created the original drum beat while in the studio with Wonder. After writing the song Wonder offered it to Beck to record, but at the insistence of Berry Gordy Wonder himself recorded it first.”

    By Bev on Sep 10, 2012

  22. If an album is out of print, as I believe the Secret Policeman albums are, is it honestly necessary to remove those tracks?

    By Shaun on Oct 4, 2012

  23. effective blog post

    By Kelly Kienitz on Sep 19, 2013

  24. Remember back when the comments at BigO were all about MUSIC and not a collection of misfits doing one-upsmanship to make the most vile comment?

    I sure miss those days.

    By walter on Jul 14, 2020

  25. We all do, walter.

    By U L E on Jul 14, 2020

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