JEFF BECK - BOSTON 1975

May 5, 2010 – 3:48 am

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JEFF BECK
Boston 1975 [Dan Lampinski Recording, 1CD]

Live at the Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, May 3, 1975 (late show). Very good audience recording.

If you felt that Jeff Beck was on top of the game when he released Blow By Blow in 1975, you would not be disappointed with this live show. There are many stories of Beck returning to the studio to overdub his guitar parts for this album but there is no such worries here - live, he is both fluid and mercurial.

According to The Rolling Stone Record Guide (1979), “After the stormy demise of BBA, Beck changed course once again, and under George Martin’s production recorded Blow By Blow, an all-instrumental album (no more vocalists to worry about) that shows off Beck’s consummate abilities as a guitarist as never before. All styles served here, from to funk to jazz, and its success has led Beck into jazz-rock circles.”

On the other hand, music critic J.D. Considine didn’t mince words when he wrote that “An eloquent player with absolutely nothing to say, Beck isn’t much of a jazzman, but Martin works around the guitarist’s limitations, elegantly framing the solos with sympathetic rhythm arrangements and lush string orchestrations.”

But for the fan listening to this show, it is quite sublime. As taper Dan Lampinski noted: “Jeff Beck’s performance was one of the single greatest guitar performances that I ever witnessed… only rivalled by Zappa on his guitar solo blitzkrieg tour with Adrien Belew in tow.”

Thanks to djscomics for sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site. Above all, thanks to Dan Lampinski, Carl Morstadt (who mastered the tracks), Kev, ethiessen1 and the rest of team Lampinski.

According to the CD notes, some recordings may claim Stanley Clarke guesting on Power, but while he wrote the song, he was not in attendance that night.

A note on Dan Lampinski: Dan recorded over 100 concerts in the Providence/Boston area, mostly between 1974 and 1978. Since Dan never traded copies of his recordings, they are all essentially uncirculated. Some copies were made for friends, but these releases are the first time most of these recordings have ever seen the light of day, and are direct from his master cassettes. No EQ’ing has been done to any of the transfers.

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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Track 01. Constipated Duck (9.7MB)
Track 02. She’s A Woman (9.8MB)
Track 03. Freeway Jam (10.2MB)
Track 04. Definitely Maybe (10.4MB)
Track 05. Superstition (5.3MB)
Track 06. Keyboard Solo (3.2MB)
Track 07. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers (9.5MB)
Track 08. Power (7.9MB)
Track 09. Got The Feeling (9.1MB)
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Track 10. You Know What I Mean (6.8MB)

Lineup:
Jeff Beck - guitar
Wilbur Bascomb - bass
Bernard Purdie - drums
Max Middleton - keyboards

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

  1. 19 Responses to “JEFF BECK - BOSTON 1975”

  2. I was fortunate enough to see Jeff and these players on this tour..a great team of musicians..

    By sluggo on May 5, 2010

  3. A great ROIO here!! Thanks so much.

    By Adam Dean on May 5, 2010

  4. Wow! Great find! Wolgangs Vault has two JB concerts from the same week, May 9 and 10, 1975 with John McLaughlin guesting with Jeff on Power the second night. Thanks BigO for bringing as much Jeff Beck forward for the fans.

    By Walter on May 5, 2010

  5. hey bigo, thanks! i will play this walking. i just finished fixing the tags. i looked in my folder, and i have 5 jeff beck shows i got from bigo. the one i wanted to get, but didn’t cause it was missing tracks was beck, bogert, appice. looks like a good one, though.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on May 5, 2010

  6. There is a great recording of the show in Milwaukee, WI on the Wolfgang’s Vault site that I attended. Beck opened for John McLaughlin/Mahanishnu2 and the two shreders returned for the encore of Power as mentioned by Walter. This was a great tour for guitar junkies as Beck was forced to play at the top of his game every night in the hope that he could steal the show from McLaughlin. Thanks for the post.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on May 5, 2010

  7. It would be GREAT to have the Mahavishnu Orchestra half of the evening from any of these 1975 shows!

    By Walter on May 5, 2010

  8. So long as we’re at it, check out this great two-part memoir about this tour by roadie / sound engineer Dinky dawson in Crawdaddy Magazine at
    http://www.crawdaddy.com/index.php/2008/11/12/part-i-backstage-scenes-from-a-1975-tour/

    By Walter on May 6, 2010

  9. Hey Tony: I saw this tour also in NYC. It was great. I met Bernard Purdie a few years ago and he told me a little about it. Said how great it was.

    By Joe B on May 7, 2010

  10. There must be a Jeff Beck fan somewhere in Singapore. But it’s nice to hear these recordings. Compared to Eric Clapton, Beck was always underrated.
    Do you have any earlier live recordings, maybe when Rod Stewart was in his band?

    By walter on May 8, 2010

  11. Hey Sluggo, It’s always reassuring to see you post here. I saw this show in Vancouver and was blown away. The BBB album remains one of the most important and exciting musical adventures that I’ve ever experienced.

    By Chis on May 11, 2010

  12. love the jan hammer era of beck’s career…thanxxx so much for this awesome set…

    By metaljohn on May 12, 2010

  13. metaljohn, see , that`s the difference in folk`s taste. Apart from Beck Bogert and Appice I like the involvement with Jan Hammer the least..I love Bobby Tench`s vocals, lots of people don`t, I don`t like Jimmy Hall`s vocals and lots do..bottom line, I just love to hear what Beck comes up with next, constantly surprising us!

    By sluggo on May 12, 2010

  14. Wow! what a treat!!!I’m a huge fan from way back.
    As a guitarist myself, I have to say he is one of my biggest influences. I stumbled on this page while reading Anette Carson’s JB biography, “Crazy Fingers”.

    With the front and back covers shown on this page it looks like this was released somewhere. Is that not the case??? If so, I would love to get my hands on one.

    Much Thanks

    By Didier Bouvet on Sep 4, 2012

  15. as you can see on the cover it was a “Dan Lampinski” recording.He was a famous taper, someone has just made a cover for this.
    From this same tour there is a two show two cd set from Scarecrow records featuring the early and late shows from the Okeefe Center in toronto Onatario Canada 7/23/75.
    I was there, great shows.

    By sluggo on Sep 4, 2012

  16. Great show bigO, thanks! I got several Dan Lampinski shows from another site before it closed down, the recording quality for his audience tapes is outstanding.

    By Mark E on Sep 4, 2012

  17. Thanks a lot for this invaluable material you provided us.. i have been a huge Beck fan for two years now and i am just amazed that he mastered rock n roll,blues,hard rock, jazz fusion, rockabilly and even Techno.. I don’t hate Clapton but he is been pop in 80s and he is a purist which is kind of little boring for me.. nothing new to table you see…

    By SrijanGreen on Jan 2, 2013

  18. Just one correction.

    There was no late show.

    There was only one show and it was Beck and and the third Mahavishnu Orchestra.

    I was there.

    By Andrew Swift on Jun 16, 2013

  19. I lived about 30-40 minutes from the Boston Music Hall and I was at this exact show, the one and only time I’ve seen Jeff Beck. He was certainly at the top of his game then. Outstanding. Right at the forefront of jazz-fusion and/or jazz-rock fusion. Always my favorite album of his, Blow by Blow, a stellar production of a tight band and intricate arrangements, produced by probably the most famous producer in history, the 5th Beatle, George Martin. The strings were the icing on the cake. A true stereo album with panning on some keyboard and drum parts. God, I wish they still made impressive/creative recordings like this. I was blessed to witness Jeff Beck on this tour and at this important time in music. I also saw Frank Zappa play the Music Hall a few times in 1974-1975. 1975 being the One Size Fits All tour. My favorite period of Zappa’s career and in my opinion his best band ever.

    By Don Sanford on Jun 19, 2015

  20. Does anybody know what guitars he uses at this gig? Does he use his ox blood les paul on every track cause it sounds like he uses a strat on freeway jam and definitely maybe

    By Nick on Nov 19, 2015

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