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Beck's Bolero 1966

This instrumental track was recorded in 1966 by Jeff Beck (lead guitars), Jimmy Page (12 string rhythm), John Paul Jones (bass), Keith Moon (drums) and Nicky Hopkins (piano). I had the extended version of this with backwards guitar at the end as the flip side of Beck's single, Hi Ho Silver Lining. However it is best known as a track on Beck's album Truth, minus this end bit. Here is the complete track.

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The following is paraphrased from Douglas J Nobles article written based on his interview with Beck: So how did Jimmy Page come to write 'Beck's Bolero'? 'Well, with some difficulty and largely without me! ..... I went over to Jim's house and he had this 12-string Fender and he loved the idea of using a bolero-type rhythm for a rock record. He was playing the bolero rhythm and I played the melody on top of it, but then I said, "Jim, you've got to break away from the bolero beat - you can't go on like that for ever!". So we stopped it dead in the middle of the song - like the Yardbirds would do on 'For Your Love' - then we stuck that riff into the middle......I was using a Les Paul for the lead guitar and for the backwards slide guitar through a Vox AC30 - it was the only amp I had and it was covered with beer! Actually, I think it was the beer that gave it it's sound! You can hear Moon screaming in the middle of the record over the drum break. If you listen after the drum break you can only hear the cymbal afterwards 'cause he knocked the mic over! Wonderful!'


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Unfortunately there are no videos of the song, or photos of the session, so I copied and pasted this slide show for it.

Enjoy!


Added: Jun-6-2009 
By: Rocket_Smoke
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Tags: Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Keith Moon, Nicky Hopkins
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  • Very cool, RS.

    For those who may not know, this was inspired by Ravel's Bolero, a very cool piece in it's own right. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-4J5j74VPw or one of the other performances. Or rent "10", and get some ogling on Bo Derek in her prime as well. I never wanted to be Dudley Moore so bad.

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  • Excellent post! And factually correct (I checked...lol).
    Jeff plays this as his opening song on pretty well every live performance in the past 2-3 years (maybe longer, I dunno).
    And he'll hopefully open with it when I see him in concert this summer.
    :)
    :)
    :)
    and............ voted!

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    • Thank you for the 3 smyle rating and vote.
      Glad to know you got my back.
      I'll check Beck's tour schedule to see if he's coming to the southwest. Never seen him live. Would be a great experience.
      Cheers!

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  • That was very cool! I love that whole era. If I could go back in time it would be England around, say, 1961....and I'd like to stay a few years!

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  • classic stuff

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  • When I saw Jeff Beck in concert,I think the tickets were eight dollars!
    Call me a geezer I guess.

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    • Greezer!

      I crawled out of the cave back in 1959 and I'm still Rockin'!

      8 dollars? I'm sure that included the cost of gas too!

      Thanks for poppin' in.

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  • good stuff thanks for posting!

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    • My pleasure. It's good to see there's a few of us who appreciate the classics.
      I've listened the song since I was a kid. But I just recently learned that Keith Moon played as the drummer. I'm a big Moony fan. And on top of that, Half of Led Zeppelin was present. Now that's a Superband. If your interested in finding more of these little nuggets, check out smyle's channel. He's the guy with "The Day the Earth Stood Still" avitar. He's pretty schmart.

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    • smart?
      compared to a brick maybe.
      ;)

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    • Freaking Nicky Hopkins, he must have played on every UK release from '65 thru '70!
      lol

      btw, beck tic hammered me for $157.!!!!!!!! but wtf, lol, days of $19.95 are wayyyyyyyyy past.

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    • I missed his SW USA tour...so since your paying to be his pick boy, could you grab a few picks for me?

      You still owe me....right?

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    • You can have the pics, I'm going for Tal Wilkenfeld's used panties.

      :O

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  • Thanks jackal.

    I never wanted to be a bikini bottom so bad. HA!

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  • Everyone who likes this song should listen to Eric Johnson's version. It's on his myspace page.

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  • Classic stuff, thanx for sharing

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