5 Songs You May Not Have Realized Jeff Beck Played On
Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the few true rock gods who still walks among us: Jeff Beck, who â in addition to his early work with the Yardbirds and his formidable solo career â has contributed to tunes by everyone from Donovan and Diana Ross to Toots and the Maytals and Morrissey. Weâve put together a list of five tunes within the Rhino catalog that feature Beckâs guitar work, and if weâve done it well enough, weâve picked at least a few that you didnât realize included this living guitar legend.
1. Lord Sutch, âWould You Believeâ (1970): If Beckâs contributions arenât enough to get you to check out this tune, maybe the other artists on the tune will seal the deal. Bass by Noel Redding! Drums by John Bonham! Additional guitar work by Jimmy Page! (Not bad, right?)
2. Narada Michael Walden, âSaint and the Rascalâ (1976): â76 was a particularly good year for those who are part of both the âJeff Beck fansâ and âNarada Michael Walden fansâ demographic. In addition to Beck appearing on this tune from Waldenâs GARDEN OF LOVE LIGHT album, Walden wrote a handful of tunes for Beckâs WIRED album.
3. Seal, âBring It Onâ (1994): Seal and Beck first teamed up for a cover of âManic Depressionâ on the Jimi Hendrix tribute album STONE FREE, and they enjoyed the experience well enough to collaborate again when Seal recorded his second album. These collaborations have continued over the years, including â among other tunes â a 2012 cover of âLike a Rolling Stoneâ for Amnesty International.
4. The Pretenders, âLegalise Meâ (2004): In a 1997 interview with Rolling Stone, Chrissie Hynde cited Beck as a guitar influence, albeit with the caveat that she ânever had a hope to play like him.â She did, however, apparently have a hope of playing with him, as he turned up on this track from the bandâs VIVA EL AMOR album.
5. Sharon Corr, âMnÃ¡ Na HÃ©ireannâ (2010): Included on Corrâs debut solo album, DREAM OF YOU, Beck repeated his contribution to this track when Corr performed a concert in London. Needless to say, the crowd went wild.