Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jeff Beck - "Wired" Vinyl LP (White Label Promo)

Jeff Beck - "Wired" Vinyl LP (White Label Promo)
Original Release - 1976

I haven't had a chance to delve into the Jeff Beck catalogue until now, and I'm glad I did. I spotted this white label promotional copy of "Wired" over the weekend and had to take it home. In an attempt to bring everyone up to speed, a white label promotional copy is essentially a test pressing of an album distributed to radio stations when an album is released. Some of the time these pressings are on higher grade vinyl, but not always. It is generally accepted that these recordings sound better than regular copies because they are first pressings, and the conventional wisdom provides that the earlier an album is pressed, the better the quality. You will notice in the picture that there is a large white label on the front listing the tracks and the center of the actual LP is white with black letters.

Jeff Beck is one of rock's greatest guitar players. He is listed at #14 in Rolling Stone's "Greatest Guitar Player's" issue. He has worked with some of the finest guitar God's in the industry, including Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton and continues to record. "Wired" is Beck's second full length solo album, and in 1976 was a commercial and critical success.

Jeff Beck's style should be familiar to any classic rock fan, he plays with a mix of blues and jazz influences, and on this instrumental album you really get a good look at his style and techniques. Standouts on this album are his interpretation of "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and also "Sophie".

This is my first experience with a white label promo, and if I ever see some more I will be inclined to pick them up. I think the sound quality of this album is very good for its age, and the vinyl is in great shape. When I would really concentrate on the sound I barely heard any surface noise on Side A, and only a hint towards the end of Side B. If you are a guitar rock fan at all, look into Jeff Beck, he may not get all the attention of the other well known guitar God's of classic rock, but this unsung hero really shreds.

Album - B

Vinyl - B+

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