March 7, 2009 – 4:43 am

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Tokyo 2009 [See No Evil, 2CD]

Live at the International Forum, Tokyo, Japan, February 6, 2009. Matrix recording: This is a mix of the audience recording which is excellent with supposedly Jeff Beck’s in-ear monitor audio. That’s how he listens to the rest of the band while on stage.

Before Frank Zappa went on tour, it’s been said he and his band rehearsed more than 100 songs. The same could probably be said of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. But when it comes to Jeff Beck, there seems to be more of a jazzman in the rock guitarist.

On the current tour, just a cursory look from Sydney (January 31, 2009) to Osaka (February 18), Jeff Beck almost stuck to the same set, even the sequence of the songs did not vary much. Probably for Beck, the song offers the form, it is the jamming and improvisation that make up the body and soul of the piece. While show staples such as Freeway Jam and Super Boogie were not in the setlist, Beck still relied on classics such as Big Block, Blue Wind and Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, tracks which Beck had played in Japan in the ’80s.

If Elvis had Thus Spake Zarathustra as the opening theme of his shows, Beck opens his with his Bolero. Then it’s an energetic rush which is topped by You Never Know. This is followed by what is arguably the first peak of the evening, a spine-tingling ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers, first heralded by Beck’s wailing guitar which then gives way to Tal Wilkenfeld’s playful bass. Interestingly, it is the ballads that stand out, like Beck stretching out the notes on Angel.

For a change in tone, there is the reggae-ish Behind The Veil and the Indian-sounding Nadia. Overall, it is another exquisite display of virtuosity, a show that is capped by the immaculate A Day In The Life (as opposed to Neil Young’s “wall-of-sound” version, which some might even say “it’s a bit too long). This being the first night of the Japan tour, it’s a grand night for rock guitar fans but returning fans will find subsequent shows a bit same-y. [A major inclusion in Osaka is People Get Ready.]

It’s just unfortunate that the Peter Gunn Theme was omitted. If John Zorn had a whale of a time deconstructing movie themes, one can only imagine what Jeff Beck could do to the Batman Theme, the Theme from Man From UNCLE or even Hawaii Five-O (that Ventures fave). If nothing else, these would have added an element of surprise, which seemed missing, into the mix.

Thanks to sinigami for sharing the tracks and artwork on the internet.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Disc 1
1. Intro
2. Beck’s Bolero
3. The Pump
4. Eternity’s Breath
5. You Never Know
6.’ Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
7. Behind The Veil
8. Blast From The East
9. Stratus
10. Angel (Footsteps)
11. Led Boots

Disc 2
1. Nadia
2. Tal Wilkenfeld Solo / Snake Oil
3. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Brush With The Blues
4. Blue Wind
5. A Day In The Life
6. Band Intro
7. Where Were You
8. Big Block
9. Scottish One

Jeff Beck - guitar
Tal Wilkenfeld - bass
Vinnie Colaiuta - drums
David Sancious - keyboards

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  1. 11 Responses to “JEFF BECK - TOKYO 2009”

  2. Wow. Beck plays fusion on your head while having the Vicar over for tea once again.

    By bigtexashonk on Mar 7, 2009

  3. Great concert!
    Request:Any chance to post in next weeks the first concert 2009 by U2 in BBC’s roof?

    By Rochacrimson on Mar 7, 2009

  4. The one and only Jeff Beck.Many famous guitar player say that he was and is her absolutly hero.
    You can not find so many studio recordings of Jeff Beck.But all records he made are highlights.
    I think he don´t make records for the money only.
    He will ever be a milestone in the history of rock music.
    Thank you for this recording.It´s an important document.

    By Joe "The Catman" on Mar 8, 2009

  5. This is an AMAZING concert! Thank you for sharing it.Best quality on the web!

    By warlock on Mar 12, 2009

  6. WOW! Great show with an amazing recoding! Can’t wait to see this band in NYC next month!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 14, 2009

  7. Great show. Great musical chemistry between J.B. and Tal W., really something considering Tal’s young age.

    Great show three nights later over at Walldill blogspot. Check it out.

    By O.B. Dan on Mar 16, 2009

  8. thanks for this.

    great recording, particularly Scottish One. I’m going out to buy a louder stereo now.

    By intampafl on Apr 14, 2009

  9. hello

    your cool site came up when i searched for ‘jeff beck scottish one’. i’ve been trying to collect as many versions of this track as i can.
    i am a guitarist/composer living in london, uk. i wrote the tune about 5 years ago and gave jeff a cd of mine at an imogen heap gig a few years back.
    i’ve just listened to the version you have here and to me, it sounds better than any i’ve heard so far! very nice & clear.

    is there any way i could somehow get a wav copy of the track from you. i would be soo very grateful if you could help me out.

    thanks very much

    dan morrissey

    By dan morrrissey on May 5, 2009

  10. by the way, my email address is [email protected]

    thanks & fingers crossed

    By dan morrrissey on May 5, 2009

  11. The scottish one touching me where I have not been touched in a loooong time

    By jay on Oct 9, 2009

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    apparently they are now taking orders…

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