Analogue Productions - AAPP 078-45 - 200 Gram Virgin Vinyl
AAA 100% Analogue - Mastered By Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Limited Edition - Pressed at QRP Quality Record Pressings
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
But the mastering for the new pressing sets each of them off so well that it’s even more clear how beautifully they functioned as a unit. Bradley comes off especially well -- his drumming is consistently nuanced, musical, and dynamic. Chen’s bass has more edge and presence than on the earlier LP, and the complexity of the tones of Middleton’s keyboards is easier to hear. It’s hard to imagine a better-sounding version of Blow by Blow than these new discs from Analogue Productions - Soundstage
Now on 45 RPM LP, mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith from the analog tapes
Deluxe "tip-on" gatefold jackets by Stoughton Printing
1975 was a magical year for Jeff Beck. Already a rock superstar from his groundbreaking guitar work with The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group and Beck Bogert & Appice, Beck's Blow By Blow was a total artistic leap into new musical territory which netted the guitar hero massive acclaim. Produced by the legendary George Martin, Blow By Blow features nine smokin' tracks of instrumental genius as only Jeff Beck could provide.
Now Blow By Blow is back bigger and better than ever! We've gone the deluxe Analogue Productions route — remastered from the original analog tape by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, cut at 45 RPM, plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings. Then packaged in deluxe tip-on gatefold jackets from Stoughton Printing.
A great title, a brilliant reissue — what could be better?
Blow by Blow typifies Jeff Beck's wonderfully unpredictable career. Released in 1975, Beck's fifth effort as a leader and first instrumental album was a marked departure from its more rock-based predecessors. Only composer/keyboardist Max Middleton returned from Beck's previous lineups. To Beck's credit, Blow by Blow features a tremendous supporting cast. Middleton's tasteful use of the Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and analog synthesizers leaves a soulful imprint. Drummer Richard Bailey is in equal measure supportive and propulsive as he deftly combines elements of jazz and funk with contemporary mixed meters.
Much of the album's success is also attributable to the excellent material, which includes Middleton's two originals and two collaborations with Beck, a clever arrangement of Lennon and McCartney's "She's a Woman," and two originals by Stevie Wonder. George Martin's ingenious production and string arrangements rival his greatest work. Beck's versatile soloing and diverse tones are clearly the album's focus, and he proves to be an adept rhythm player. Blow by Blow is balanced by open-ended jamming and crisp ensemble interaction as it sidesteps the bombast that sank much of the jazz-rock fusion of the period. One of the album's unique qualities is the sense of fun that permeates the performances. On the opening "You Know What I Mean," Beck's stinging, blues-based soloing is full of imaginative shapes and daring leaps.
On "Air Blower," elaborate layers of rhythm, duel lead, and solo guitars find their place in the mix. Propelled by the galvanic rhythm section, Beck slashes his way into "Scatterbrain," where a dizzying keyboard and guitar line leads to more energetic soloing from Beck and Middleton. In Stevie Wonder's ballad "Cause We've Ended as Lovers," Beck variously coaxes and unleashes sighs and screams from his guitar in an aching dedication to Roy Buchanan. Middleton's aptly titled "Freeway Jam" best exemplifies the album's loose and fun-loving qualities, with Beck again riding high atop the rhythm section's wave. As with "Scatterbrain," Martin's impeccable string arrangements enhance the subtle harmonic shades of the closing "Diamond Dust." Blow by Blow signaled a new creative peak for Beck, and it proved to be a difficult act to follow.
It is a testament to the power of effective collaboration and, given the circumstances, Beck clearly rose to the occasion. In addition to being a personal milestone, Blow by Blow ranks as one of the premiere recordings in the canon of instrumental rock music.
Recorded At – Air Studios
Bass – Phil Chenn
Drums, Percussion – Richard Bailey
Engineer – Denim Bridges
Guitar – Jeff Beck
Keyboards – Max Middleton
Orchestrated By [Arranged] – George Martin
Producer – George Martin
1. You Know What I Mean
2. She’s A Woman
3. Constipated Duck
4. AIR Blower
6. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
8. Freeway Jam
9. Diamond Dust
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