This is the first Jeff Beck album I ever heard (thanks again to my old­er broth­er) and it remains my favorite Jeff Beck work. Unlike oth­er excit­ing albums, I can’t remem­ber the first time I heard it but it grows and grows on me every year. That’s a lot of grow­ing since 1971.

In 1982 my music deliv­ery sys­tem con­sist­ed of a turntable, ampli­fi­er, and cas­sette deck. For porta­bil­i­ty, I would record albums on cas­sette and pop them into a Sony Walkman and go. During my stint in Minnesota, I specif­i­cal­ly remem­ber lis­ten­ing to this while rid­ing my bike around Minneapolis’ lakes and real­ly enjoy­ing it. This was the turn­ing point for me and this album. That was the sum­mer of 1983.

This album is a great com­bi­na­tion of rock, jazz fusion, soul (with Tench’s vocals), and blues. Give it a good lis­ten; I think you’ll agree.

Album information

SongWriterTime
“Got the Feeling”Beck4:46
“Situation”Beck5:26
“Short Business”Beck 2:34
“Max’s Tune”Max Middleton8:24
“I’ve Been Used”Beck 3:40
“New Ways / Train Train”Beck 5:52
“Jody”Beck, Brian Short6:06
Total length:36:48

Jeff Beck – gui­tars, bass gui­tar, and production

Bobby Tench – vocals and rhythm guitar

Max Middleton – piano and keyboards

Clive Chaman – bass guitar

Cozy Powell – drums

Released: October 25,1971

Recorded: April–July 1971

Studio: Island, London

Label: Epic

Producer: Jeff Beck

The album is still avail­able in CD, stream­ing, and vinyl for­mats. Or use the link below to hear the com­plete album, in quadra­phon­ic, no less.

I also have this Rough and Ready rough mix for a bit more of this album:

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.