Blow by Blow

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1 You Know What I Mean 4:06 44,910
2 She's a Woman 4:31 47,240
3 Constipated Duck 2:48 41,929
4 Air Blower 5:09 32,414
5 Scatterbrain 5:39 50,407
6 Cause We've Ended as Lovers 5:42 70,296
7 Thelonius 3:16 31,715
8 Freeway Jam 4:56 69,199
9 Diamond Dust 8:26 28,478

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Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow

Blow by Blow is a solo album by British electric guitarist Jeff Beck. The Epic Records release, recorded in October 1974, was released in 1975. Considered one of his best releases, former Yardbirds sideman Chris Dreja had predicted in 1965 that Beck’s current sound “…was 1975.” In a glowing review on Allmusic, Mark Kirschenmann said that Blow by Blow ranks as one of the premiere recordings in the canon of instrumental rock music.

As an all-instrumental album it was a surprising commercial success, with a -like approach seldom seen on best-selling lists at the time. It was certified gold in 1976.

The album was produced by George Martin and recorded at his own AIR studios. Martin also composed string arrangements for two of the tracks, Scatterbrain and Diamond Dust.

As a big admirer of fellow guitarist Roy Buchanan, Beck dedicated the track Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers to him.

Allmusic review by Mark Kirschenmann
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.

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  • Juliossauro

    Serious groove going on.

    1 Jul 5:29am Reply
  • JohnAdamsUSA

    IMO ... this has the best version of Scatterbrain. It's the right tempo & has a George Martin string arrangement. The live versions I've heard are always played too fast. Producer Martin reigned in Beck's tendency to "manipulate the guitar" rather than "play the song". This was his best album until "Emotion & Commotion" in 2010.

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Drazba

    heard this in high school---didnt believe it was jeff beck, so different from what he had done before--one great album

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • vinicorrea

    Everybody should listen this album at least one time in life... If you don't fall in love for it you just don't have feelings at all!

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • rockmyplimsoul

    So glad that Jeff decided to complete the recording of this album instead of joining The Stones!

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Szopen715

    Blow By Blow my mind was blown away by awesomenss of Jeff Beck

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • lottadogs

    Blow by Blow ranks as one of the premiere recordings in the genre of instrumental rock music... I must agree...

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
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    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • led_zeppola

    Best guitarist EVA' \m/

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • bro-fo

    epic album...truly a masterpiece.

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ozzy_os

    its freakishly funky! the jazz fusion approach really worked! Jeff Beck had truly created something thrillingly original and purely imaginative!

    19 Mar 2011 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    Funky <3

    1 Jan 2011 Reply
  • gsm007g

    Blow by Blow ranks as one of the premiere recordings in the genre of instrumental rock music...

    25 Sep 2010 Reply
  • masja-tv


    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ClaudioGurgel

    É sem dúvida nenhuma uma obra prima, seu repertório é maravilhoso, e com músicas que mesclam muito bem os diversos estilos que só o mestre Jeff Beck consegue dominar, marcou 75 para amantes de guitarra e música. Mesmo com faixas instrumentais, suas melodias soam como cantos e ficam facilmente na memória. Arranjos, produção e as interpretações são impecáveis, e contam com grandes nomes como Max Middleton e Richard Bailey, dirigidos por George Martin no lendário AIR Studio. São tantos bons momentos, que fica difícil citar algum específico, mas em todos os aspectos Jeff surpreende, com seus timbres as vezes lindos por sua simplicidade e as vezes perfeitos por sua excentricidade, e levadas as vezes tortas como jazz avant-gard e as vezes retas como hard rock, arranjos tanto mirabolantes como singelos, interpretações emocionantes, com temas, solos e improvisos, tudo do melhor. Poucos álbuns tiveram tanta importância em minha vida musical como esse, um verdadeiro cinco estrelas.

    16 Jun 2010 Reply
  • krustywazoo

    Words cannot describe how much I love this album.

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • jrcuervo

    exelente ...

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
  • djkerrrrr

    The Head Hunters of rock.

    13 Aug 2009 Reply
  • CountWasilij


    20 Jun 2009 Reply
  • fburns99

    one of my favorite albums since high school in the 70`s

    15 May 2009 Reply
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