JEFF BECK - LONDON 2009

October 22, 2009 – 12:45 pm

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JEFF BECK AND THE IMELDA MAY BAND
London 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Indigo2, The O2, London, September 21, 2009. Good to very good audience recording.

On June 25 when Jeff Beck played at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the support group was the Imelda May Band. But for this gig, they shared the same stage and the spotlight.

Jeff Beck fans waiting for tried-and-trusted familiar tracks such as Beck’s Bolero, Space Boogie, The Pump, Blue Wind and Led Boots would be disappointed but the guitarist did play Mingus’s Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Brush With The Blues. For this show, Beck basically went through his record collection playing tracks that inspired him. In the gallery to cheer him on were pals Jimmy Page and Ronnie Wood - who were invited to join Beck on stage but they graciously declined, to which Beck quipped, “Chicken.”

Where rock guitar is concerned, one tends to feel that speed is everything. But when it comes to Jeff Beck, this need not be the case. Tone, nuance and feel are important too. Then again, when was the last time you heard Jeff Beck do a full rock ‘n’ roll set? So at one go you get to hear The Shadows’ Apache (which inspired many kids to “go out and steal a Fender Strat”), Sleepwalker, the Peter Gunn Theme and (Booker T’s) Green Onions. For a swinging good time, there is Rock Around The Clock and Shake, Rattle & Roll.

Then there is Imelda May, who could easily walk into the B-52s, not over-awed or overshadowed by the guitarist himself - and shows off her range between Cry Me A River and How High The Moon. And with Darrel Higham also contributing vocals, it’s a pity Beck didn’t sneak in People Get Ready. Even then, he managed to save the best for the last - a haunting and sustained Over The Rainbow that certainly leaves the audience panting for more.

And that’s not a bad way to end any rock ‘n’ roll party.

Thanks to Davey for recording the show and for sharing the tracks on the internet (thanks also to memel).

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro by Harvey Goldsmith (5.0MB)
Track 102. Feel Me* (4.1MB)
Track 103. Love Tattoo* (5.0MB)
Track 104. Baby, Let’s Play House (3.5MB)
Track 105. Double Talkin’ Baby (3.7MB)
Track 106. Cruisin’ (3.4MB)
Track 107. The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (3.8MB)
Track 108. Poor Boy (6.2MB)
Track 109. My Baby Left Me (4.5MB)
Track 110. Rockin’ Is Our Business (5.2MB)
Track 111. Apache (5.1MB)
Track 112. Sleepwalker (3.4MB)
Track 113. Peter Gunn Theme (7.7MB)
Track 114. Remember (Walking in the Sand) (8.1MB)
Track 115. Please Mr Jailer (6.5MB)

* Without Jeff Beck

Disc 2
Track 201. Corpus Christie Carol (2.6MB)
Track 202. Lilac Wine (7.3MB)
Track 203. Green Onions (5.3MB)
Track 204. Castin’ My Spell On You (3.7MB)
Track 205. The Girl Can’t Help It (5.5MB)
Track 206. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Brush With The Blues (11.6MB)
Track 207. Rock Around The Clock (3.1MB)
Track 208. Crowd (2.6MB)
Track 209. Cry Me A River (4.0MB)
Track 210. Crowd (1.9MB)
Track 211. Introducing Rock Royalty (1.2MB)
Track 212. Shake Rattle & Roll (7.2MB)
Track 213. Crowd (1.8MB)
Track 214. Talk - Les Paul (1.3MB)
Track 215. How High The Moon (4.1MB)
Track 216. Over The Rainbow (3.7MB)
Track 217. Crowd (1.7MB)
Track 218. Closing Announcements by Harvey Goldsmith (935k)

Lineup:
Jeff Beck - guitar
Imelda May - vocals
Al Gare - bass
Darrel Higham - guitar, vocals
Jason Rebello - keyboards
Dave Priseman - trumpet, percussion
Leo Green - tenor saxophone
Dean Beresford - drums

Click here to order Jeff Beck Live At Ronnie Scott’s 2007.

Click here to order Imelda May’s Love Tattoo album.

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

  2. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet! Ask and ye shall receive! Thank you BigO! Yaaaaaah!

    By Walter on Oct 22, 2009

  3. Wow… This should be a lot of fun. I’ll wait ’til tomorrow to get the whole thing. Beck jamming on “Green Onions” and “Peter Gunn”? Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet indeed!

    By Shaun on Oct 23, 2009

  4. Thanks! Jeff B. still rocks. And Imelda’s Band has a good groove. But who’s on bass?

    Personnel, according to the CD Universe: Imelda May (vocals, bodhran); Darrel Higham (guitar); Dave Priseman (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion); Danny McCormack (piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Al Gare (double bass, bass guitar); Dean Beresford (drums).

    By Jay L. on Oct 23, 2009

  5. I wasn’t going to try this when I saw it was an audience recording, but the sound quality is better than I anticipated. And I do love Imelda May. Add the great Jeff Beck and how could that be a bad thing? Thanks for the post.

    By Dave C. on Oct 23, 2009

  6. Hello Big O
    ,Thanks for this great Jeff Beck. Nice to see a different set list,Instead of the standered set list Mr Beck has been running through the last few years.
    Rich M.

    By rich meves on Oct 23, 2009

  7. GREAT show! Just got through listening for the second time. Not bad at all for an audience recording — and the performance is impeccable!

    One caveat — “Softly we meet again” is actually “Remember (Walking in the Sand).” Only reason I know is I was going nuts trying to remember (no pun intended) who did it originally, and google couldn’t find “softly…” I listened again and finally tried Walking in the sand and got a hit.

    Thanks again for so many great uploads!!!

    By Jerry Dunaway on Oct 30, 2009

  8. Hello Jerry. Thanks for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Oct 30, 2009

  9. To answer a prior interrogatory, I believe the lineup is in error. It should read:
    Al Gare - bass
    Dean Beresford - drums
    One can hear the lineup clearly stated in the song:
    Rockin’ Is Our Business

    By Bill Pierce on Feb 15, 2010

  10. Hello Bill
    Thanks for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 15, 2010

  11. Hello from Japan.
    I love classic rock music.
    Big-O is one of my favorite website.

    I saw Jeff Beck concert last week.
    He played fantastic guitar sound.

    By k_futami on Apr 18, 2014

  12. Green Onions link broken?

    By Rob on Aug 2, 2017

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