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Jan Hammer Group/Jeff Beck: Live

Album Notes

Personnel: Jeff Beck (guitar); Jan Hammer (vocals, electric piano, Moog & Oberheim synthesizers, Freeman/Moog string synthesizer, timbales); Tony Smith (vocals, drums); Fernando Saunders (guitar, bass, background vocals); Steve Kindler (guitar, violin, string synthesizer).

Digitally remastered by Mark Wilder.

On the strength of such classic releases as BLOW BY BLOW and WIRED, Beck toured worldwide with super-keyboardist Jan Hammer and his backing band. For fans of technically demanding playing with a lot of "feel," WITH THE JAN HAMMER GROUP LIVE from 1977 captures the legendary guitarist at his in-concert apex. Beck had a perfect foil in Hammer, as the two musicians try to outdo one another by trading fluid lines back and forth. Several then-recent Beck tracks prove to be highlights-the opening "Freeway Jam," where Beck and Hammer make their respective instruments sound like car horns and automobiles whizzing by, the lyrical "She's a Woman," "Scatterbrain," and a show-stopping, album-closing rendition of "Blue Wind."


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