THE JEFF BECK BULLETIN ISSUE #22

March 2017 to Present

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Editorial For Jeff Beck Bulletin Issue #22

Another first for me. This is first editorial of the post-Wyzanski era. Most of Dick's previous editorials of course were about Jeff's career and what direction it was taking. Dick would sometimes go into these detailed discertaions of what Jeff was doing and maybe what he should do. To me it was simple. He was simply forging ahead trying not to repeat himself. This is something Jeff did brilliantly with his latest collaboration with Rosie Bones and Carmen Vandenberg on the 'Loud Hailer' release. And even when he's playing a song on tour that he's played for decades you can hear little differences, different phrasings that further and further refine the song and all have that 'how the f**k did he do that?' component.

For this editorial I would like to address an aspect of Jeff's career that affects him as well as all of us...aging. I don't think anyone can argue that Jeff has aged well, physically and career-wise.

Compared to many of his generation and mine he's entering his mid 70's still able to do grueling tour schedules, create great music in the studio for himself and others and work on his house and cars.

As for the other members of the 'triumverate', we were recently sad to hear that Eric Clapton might not be touring anymore due to back problems. Page is doing well these days after some back problems a while ago but if you ask me, even though he's a multi-millionaire, career-wise he's got to come out with some new stuff and not just another Led Zeppelin remaster. I know he's got it in him. Jeff on the other hand is making fresh, new music with musicians we've almost never heard of until a recording comes out. He also tours with them, bringing them onboard and mentoring them.

Jeff has been a vegetarian since 1969. We know he drinks but only in moderation, a beer, but mostly wine and sparkling wines, champagne and prosecco. His greatest health risks seem to be cars, driving them and working on them.

This brings us around to Dick Wyzanski. His widow Trini and son Rich and I have had some conversations and we hope they can possibly help someone somewhere.

Dick did not take aging well at all. As he aged he saw himself gain weight, slow down, like we all do. In his younger years he exercised a lot, even got into body building for a while. In his later years he never drank and had a pretty good diet.

Dick however thought he could beat aging. He got into this 'life extention' movement which is based mainly on 'supplements'. Down here in Florida we have these ads on the radio. 'Low T?' come on in and we'll test you. Testosterone shots, HGH shots, they'll make you lose weight, you'll feel young again, you're sex life will improve etc. Dick bought into all of it. That and the supplements. After every meal he took, I swear, 20 to 25 pills. I would say, "What are all those? What do they do?" After the 5th pill I would say, "Really?". Every month he spent an amount of money on pills you wouldn't believe. Whenever a new supplement hit the store, the store would email him and he would rush down to purchase it.

Now there's no doctor, no computer program that possibly analyze how that many pills, that many chemicals, could possibly interact which each other and the metabolism of your own body. On top of hormone injections? Do I sound angry? I am.

Dick died of cancer. Do I know for sure if all this stuff caused it? No. No one can say for sure but it sure seems really suspicious to me.

I myself have some health issues but they're pretty minor. Because of them I see a doctor every 6 months for blood work. Once a year a full physical, blood, urine, ekg. Colonoscopies every 3 to 5 years, dermatologist for skin checks, quite a few lately. Did Dick do all this stuff? Nope. I would bug him, "Dick, you go to your general practioner regularly right?" He would say, "No, doctors are just middlemen between you and your insurance company." "WTF?". If he had his bladder cancer would have been caught a long time ago.

Sorry for the venting but I had to do it. Please for the people you love and the people who love you be smart about your health. Embrace your aging gracefully and hopefully you'll be around to listen to Jeff Beck for years to come.

Be seeing you. BA



In This Issue:



Orient Tour 2017 Reports From The Fans

Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea, January 22, 2017 These pics sent to us from Seoul.

The following pics were sent via SJ, taken by our longtime Japanese correspondents Toshi, Hiroko and Tomoko.

Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan, January 25, 2017

Sendai Sunplaza Hall, Sendai, Japan, January 26, 2017 These pics sent to us from our newest correspondent Tomoko. Hiroko and Toshi also there.

Hmmm wonder if that's a Kirin and JJ and Jimmy, cheers.

Jimmy and Toshi, Tomoko with the band.

Toshi with the band, Hiroko with the band.

Iwate Kenmin Kaikan, Morioka, Japan, January 28, 2017 (Got some pics from Iwate, but weren't that good.)

Tokyo International Forum Hall, Tokyo, Japan, January 30, 2017

Jeff in Tokyo, Jeff with Toshi (he's everywhere!)

Tokyo International Forum Hall, Tokyo, Japan, January 31, 2017

Jeff with a white Fender Telecaster and blue Fender Pro Jr. purchased my Yukinori Miyaji which Jeff signed and will be donated by Yukinori for a Folly Wildlife Rescue auction, JJ with Toshi (told you.)

Grancube Osaka, Osaka, Japan, February 2, 2017

Carmen, Jeff and JJ.

Rhonda, Rosie and Toshi.

Fukuoka Sunpalace, Fukuoka, Japan, February 3, 2017

Jimmy, Jeff and Carmen. Jimmy, Jeff and Rosie 'Goin' Down'.

Hiroko and Jeff.

Hiroshima Ueno Gakuen Hall, Hiroshima, Japan, February 4, 2017

Carmen and Jeff. The Band.

Jeff and Hiroko. Jeff and Tomoko.

Jeff and Toshi. Jeff and Carmen.

Jeff. Jimmy and Rosie 'Goin' Down'.

Jimmy and Rosie. JJ.

Rosie. Setlist.

Toshi and Rhonda. Rhonda.

Nagoya City Hall, Nagoya, Japan, February 6, 2017

The Band. Rhonda.

Archaic Hall, Hyogo, Japan, February 7, 2017

Hiroko and Jeff. Chris Fenn and Jeff.

Rosie and Carmen. Setlist.



Jimmy Page's First Producing Job

Well God knows I need material for the page and this just landed in my lap! As you know from time to time we do features on some of Jeff's friends and/or contemporaries and this fits the bill. Self explanatory.


Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds:
The Beginning…
Historic Demo Recording Produced by Jimmy Page Coming April 30

Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist and producer’s first official
production available now for pre-order via JimmyPage.com
Exclusive Stream of “Money” Track Premiere Available now via
RollingStone.com

Available now for the very first time, Chris Farlowe and The
Thunderbirds: The Beginning…presents a 12-song demo recording
produced by legendary guitarist and producer Jimmy Page.
Recorded in 1961 at RG Jones Sound Studio in Morden, London,
this historic session marks the launch of a highly successful
career for Chris Farlowe.
 
It was also the very first official turn in the producer’s chair
for Jimmy Page who went on to capture the timeless studio and
live performances of Led Zeppelin that today serve as a
blueprint for all modern rock recordings that followed in their
formidable wake.
 
For both, it all started with “The Beginning…”
These revelatory performances, available for pre-order now and
scheduled for exclusive worldwide distribution via JimmyPage.com
on April 30, brilliantly capture the spirit of adventure and
excitement of the London music scene in the early 1960s.

In his liner notes accompanying “The Beginning…” Farlowe
summarized his first encounter with Page and the session by
stating, “We would play anywhere just for the buzz and it was at
one of these gigs that we met a very young boy called Jimmy
Page, who liked my band and my guitarist Bobby Taylor. Jimmy
suggested that he wanted to record a demo album of the band, so
he booked the RG Jones studio in Morden, London, and now after
56 years, it is to see the light of day.”

And what a musical storm they conjured! As Page points out in
his liner notes for the album, you’d never know that Farlowe and
his band mates were in a recording studio for the first time.
“The band settled into their recording role immediately and an
album was recorded that day. The guitar and bass were recorded
by direct injection and the band listened to their progress via
headphones…They adapted really quickly to this method, the
individual performance exhibits the style and class that this
band had and Chris Farlowe’s performance is absolutely
extraordinary.”

The band’s tightness and musical telepathy is apparent from the
get-go with two hard driving instrumentals to kick off the
recording. The opening track, Entry of the Slaves, features
Bobby Taylor on guitar who is described by Page in the liner
notes as, “the coolest stylist, both in his image and his
playing, that I had seen in a guitarist who was in an unsigned
band.” The incendiary Spring is Near follows and showcases the
rhythm section’s individual and collective talents with both
Johnny Warne on bass and Johnny Wise on drums contributing
thrilling solos.


On track three, Farlowe steps up to the mic and tears into a
powerful version of the Ray Charles classic What’d I Say. Next
up are spirited versions of the rock and roll classics Let the
Good Times Roll, Sticks and Stones, Kansas City and I’m Moving
On. Each track is powered along by Wise and Warne, and feature
cracking guitar solos from Taylor.


The volume and tempo comes down, but the intensity remains high
on the soulful ballad Just a Dream, which features an emotional
and heart wrenching vocal turn from Farlowe. On this track, The
Thunderbirds provide brilliant dynamics and atmosphere to set
the perfect mood behind Farlowe’s vocal.

From here, the recording shifts gears again with Money driven
along by a rumbling beat on the tom-toms from Wise and more
gorgeous guitar work from Taylor. Farlowe’s howling vocal
breathes new life and fire into this timeless rock and roll
standard.

On Matchbox, The Thunderbirds lay down a powerful and respectful
homage to the great Carl Perkins classic with a groove that
chugs along like a freight train barreling down the track, with
every strum, pluck and beat brilliantly captured by Page on
tape.

Next up, Farlowe and The Thunderbirds make Don Gibson’s Hurtin’
Inside their own with Taylor’s fiery licks and Wise’s snare drum
work perfectly complimenting Farlowe’s soulful delivery and his
incredible range.

A spirited version of Bobby Parker’s Watch Your Step closes out
the proceedings with Farlowe deftly pushing the band along,
climbing up his range effortlessly into falsetto and ad-libbing
brilliantly into the fadeout.

Page’s complete satisfaction with what he was able to capture on
tape that day is abundantly clear. “I’m really pleased to be
able to make this musical document available for the first time
to give an idea of the musical cauldron that was going on in
London in 1961, a few years before the Chicago Blues renaissance
and The Beatles.”
 
These recordings on The Beginning…marked the first collaboration
between Page and Farlowe who went on to work together when Page
was a session musician and Farlowe was on Immediate Records.
Page featured on the hit single Out Of Time. In 1982, Farlowe
featured on Page’s Death Wish II soundtrack, and again when
Farlowe made a guest appearance on Page’s 1988 solo album
Outrider.

Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds: The Beginning is now
available for pre-order at Jimmy Page.com in advance of its
April 30 release date. The release is available in two editions:
Standard and Deluxe. The 1-LP, 1-CD set is available signed and
numbered by Chris Farlowe and Jimmy Page in a limited edition
release bringing the signatures of two music legends together
for the very first time.

Tracklist:

1.) Entry of the Slaves
2.) Spring is Near
3.) What’d I Say
4.) Let the Good Times Roll
5.) Sticks and Stones
6.) Kansas City
7.) I’m Moving On
8.) Just a Dream
9.) Matchbox
10.) Money
11.) Hurtin’ Inside
12.) Watch Your Step

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