Beck, Buckley, King
Pop It Out
YORK -- The Jeff Beck Group, increased to five members,
were the strong headliners of a power-packed Fillmore East bill on Oct. 18 and
19. The program also included the thoughtful folk singing of Tim Buckley and the
superb blues of Albert King. King
opened the second show on Oct. 18 with one fine number after another, including
the title number and Pretty Woman from his Born Under A Bad Sign album
on Stax. Clearly one of the outstanding traditional blues men, King's singing
and guitar playing hit the mark consistently. His backup musicians also were excellent.
an Elektra artist, has a tendency to meander, but
his lyrics pervaded the theater with strong effect. Buckley, towards the end of
some of the as yet untitled selections, apologized for their length. However,
Buckley cannot be confined by time when he has a message to get across. His set
continued the over-all high level of the show. His backup men also were good.
Jeff Beck Group, who dynamically scored at Fillmore East last spring when a supporting
act, still had that dynamite as headliners. Beck, who has few peers as a pop guitarist,
was in brilliant form in a program that included two instrumentals: Mother's
Old Rice Pudding and Beck's Bolero.
singer Rod Stewart's bluesy wailing also was good as he included Rock My Plimsoul
and Shape of Things, which are on the group's successful first album
on Epic. Drummer Mick Waller and bass guitarist Ron Wood also were in top form.
big addition was Nicky Hopkins, one of England's top studio pianists. While some
groups have lost by expanding their membership, this one has not. Hopkins' pianistic
brilliance was a match for Beck's guitar.
Bye (Baby Goodbye) was the encore, with the large and enthusiastic audience