Going Down To The BBC (Refine Masters)
(79:14): The Paris Theater, London, England (June 29th, 1972): Ice Cream Cakes, Morning Dew, Goin’ Down, Definitely Maybe, New Ways, Train Train, Ain’t No Sunshine, Got The Feeling, Let Me Love You
The Beat Club, Bremen, W. Germany (March 25th, 1972): Definitely Maybe
Sounds Of The Seventies BBC Studios, London, England (December 14th, 1971): Going Down, Got The Feeling
Ruis Rockfestival, Runsala-Parken, Turku, Finland (August 22nd, 1971): I Got To Have A Song, I’ve Been Used, Situation
Going Down To The BBC is an interesting collection of excellent sounding tapes. They all date from Jeff Beck’s comeback after taking a year off from working following sustaining injuries in a car accident.
When he came back, while he couldn’t implement the idea he had before of teaming with Rod Stewart and Tim Bogart and Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge for a new group, he instead formed a new Jeff Beck Group in early 1971 with Clive Chaman (bass), Max Middleton (keyboards), Cozy Powell (drums) and Bob Tench on vocals. The two studio albums released by this line up were an appealing mix of hard rock and funk the likes of which were not really heard before.
The first part of the disc is the June 29th, 1972 Paris Theater show broadcast on BBC’s “In Concert.” Taped three weeks after the release of Jeff Beck Group and a month before the official dissolution of the band, it is an excellent sounding tape of their set before a live audience. This is the “pre-FM” master tape that surfaced in late 2006 without the introductions before each song.
The new song “Ice Cream Cakes” begins the short set followed by Tim Rose’s “Morning Dew,” a song that was a staple of the live set from the very beginning of Beck’s career. Both the cover “Goin’ Down Slow” and the original “Definitely Maybe” are from the new album they were promoting at the time.
“Definitely Maybe” is a rare instance of hearing Bobby Tench playing guitar along with Beck. The set’s more interesting moments occur at the end when they play the funky “Got The Feeling” and along version of “Let Me Love You.” In the middle of the final song Beck stops to say, “sing whatever Bobby sings.”
The balance of the disc contains other recordings from this line up to fill up the disc and all of them are in excellent sound quality. “Definitely Maybe” dates from the March 25th, 1972 appearance on the German television program The Beat Club. Middleton plays a pretty counter melody to Beck’s guitar in the middle of the piece. The “Sounds Of The Seventies” BBC broadcast cuts in while they’re in the middle of playing a hot version of “Going Down.”
The final three songs come from the Turku, Finland soundboard on this Jeff Beck Group’s first tour after the release of Rough And Ready. The entire five song set is available on Flying High Helsinki 1971 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc EVSD 51) and on Refine Masters the three songs are filler meant to push the total playing time to the limit. That isn’t a bad thing by any means since the sound quality is amazing and the three songs were not played in the other radio sessions present in this small collection.
Refine Masters package this in a thin gatefold digipack with a short essay in the inside cover giving a history of Beck and the events of this period in his career. Going Down To The BBC works well as a short, one disc primer of the second Jeff Beck Group in their very short career.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)