Jeff Beck – Gets Them All In The End (no label)

Gets Them All In The End (no label)

After participating in the 1983 ARMS tour with Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and a multitude of others Jeff Beck went silent in terms of live performance.  He played a handful of shows with Rod Stewart in 1984 and worked on his LP Flash.  His return to the stage included two live appearances in Los Angeles in 1986 and a short seven date tour of Japan that June.  In these shows Beck was joined by Jimmy Hall on vocals, Simon Philips on drums, Doug Wimbish on bass and Jan Hammer on keyboards. 

The first date in Japan was the Sound Market Festival in Karuizawa on June 1st where he shared the bill with Santana and Steve Lukather.  It was both video taped for telecast and broadcast edited over the radio and these sources have provided many excellent quality releases.  A very good audience tape also exists of the entire set which includes those numbers which were omitted.  Gets Them All In The End collects together all of the documents pertaining to this performance in one convenient package in improved quality.  None of the three documents presents the entire show unfortunately.     

Sound Market, Prince Hotel, Karuizawa, Japan – June 1st, 1986

Disc 1 (79:48) FM Broadcast Recording:  Star Cycle, Love Will, Ambitious, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Stop Look And Listen, Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers, Escape, Blue Wind, Wild Thing, Freeway Jam (with Steve Lukather), Going Down (with Steve Lukather), Super Boogie (with Carlos Santana & Steve Lukather), Hong Kong Blues (with Carlos Santana & Steve Lukather), People Get Ready (with Carlos Santana & Steve Lukather), Johnny B. Goode (with Carlos Santana & Steve Lukather)

Disc 2 (77:09) Audience Recording:  Star Cycle, Love Will, Ambitious, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Stop Look And Listen, The Pump, Miami Vice Theme, Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers, Escape, Blue Wind, Gets Us All In The End, Wild Thing, Freeway Jam (with Steve Lukather), Going Down (with Steve Lukather)

DVD (65 minutes):  Santana:  Primerainvasion, Black Magic Woman, Open Invitation (with Steve Lukather).  Jeff Beck:  Opening, Star Cycle, Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers, Wild Thing, Freeway Jam (with Steve Lukather), Going Down (with Steve Lukather).  Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana & Steve Lukather:  Super Boogie, Hong Kong Blues, People Get Ready, Johnny B Goode

The first disc contains the excellent quality radio broadcast.  The music focuses upon Jeff Beck’s set alone and then with Steve Lukather of Toto and Carlos Santana joining on at the end.  It is edited for broadcast and is missing “The Pump,” “Miami Vice Theme” and “Gets Us All In The End.”  Also “Going Down” on the first disc is imported from the video soundtrack for completeness.  The same material can be found on older releases such as Stop, Look And Listen (Living Legend LLRCD-138), Reunion(Speedball SBC028), Wild Penguins (Scarecrow 056), Sound Market ’86 (TMOQ), Lotus (Buccaneer BUC-037/2), Lotus Gem (Phonocomp), 1986 (Limited LMTRCD12), Rock In Karuizawa 1986 (FSS99-004) and excerpted on Savoy Truffle (9-812-2, 6-601-2).  

There several audience tapes in circulation in various quality.  The only previously pressed title with an audience tape was Flash Back In Field (Scarecrow 102/103).  Gets Them In The End use several different tapes edited together to gain as complete a show as possible.  The very good main source is used for the first three songs “Star Cycle,” “Love Will” and “Ambitious.”  A good but thin tape is edited in with “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” “Stop Look And Listen” the beginning of “The Pump.”  An alternate tape is used from 1:23 to 2:29 before returning to the first source.  The alternate source is used again from 1:31 to 2:55 in “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” several times in “Blue Wind” and in the final couple of songs.  The audience tapes omit “Super Boogie,” “Hong Kong Blues” “People Get Ready” and the finale “Johnny B. Goode,” the four songs where Santana joins Beck on stage.

The DVD is a sixty five minute excepts of the highlights of the event.  It includes three songs by Santana with Buddy Miles on vocals, five songs from the Jeff Beck set and the four songs with Beck, Lukather and Santana.

For the first show of the Japanese tour Beck gives a demonic display of his ability as he rips through the setlist beginning with the Hammer-penned tune “Star Cycle.”  The “new song” follows “Love Will” which was never recorded or released.  The radio broadcast remains the best sounding version of this rarity only played in Japan.  Vocalist Jimmy Hall tells the audience “I hope you saw the video” before playing the main single from Flash “Ambitious.”  Beck faithfully recreates the insane solo from the record and is a highlight from the set.  

“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” serves as an introduction to “Stop, Look And Listen.”  “The Pump,” tragically edited out of the radio broadcast, sounds majestic in the audience recording with the surreal introduction before the guitar-lead fireworks.  Jan Hammer, introduced by Beck as “the finest synthesizer player in the universe,” has his spot playing his theme to “Miami Vice” which was a minor hit.  “Blue Wind” and the cover of “Wild Thing” close the Beck only set.  Beck introduces Steve Lukather of Toto for “Freeway Jam” where he, Beck, and Hammer take turns dueling in an improvisational battle which is simply tremendous. 

After the obligatory “Going Down” Carlos Santana comes on stage and they play together a fantastic four song set.  “Super Boogie” and “Hong Kong Blues” are two instrumentals where the three guitarists play in unison and solo off of one another in their various styles.  Buddy Miles introduces “People Get Ready” as a “spiritual song” and leads the audience in a large sing-a-long to the song Curtis Mayfield song he covered on Flash.  The evening ends with a riotous version of “Johnny B Goode” where Beck’s vocalist Jimmy Hall joins in on the fun.  The number of releases for this show is not simply due to the tremendous sound quality of the broadcast but the spirited performance as well.  Beck made so few live appearances in the eighties (after this he wouldn’t tour again for another three years) this release stands as a great document of the era. 

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