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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Best known for his pioneering work with the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck was one of the iconic faces of the swinging sixties, as exemplified in the film Blow Up, where the band perform a thinly disguised version of Train Kept-A Rollin'. He was exploring with feedback on homemade amps as early asand was a student of blues, rock and roll and country artists like Buddy Guy, Earl Hooker, Johnny Burnette and James Burton; and he played live with a variety of bands in the early sixties.
Yet his recordings have not been poured over and anthologized as fellow guitar gods Clapton and Page have been, a circumstance which Shapes Of Things - 60s Groups And Sessions attempts to put right. This seems to be one of the first to contextualize his earlier and later sixties work with his two years in the Yardbirds.
Beck's Bolero, recorded while he was in the Yardbirds, is also featured. Although their best talents probably lay elsewhere, the tracks have a light-hearted quality and are quite fun. There are some surprising omissions. We can probably be Shapes Of Things for the absence of Love Is Blue, his version of the song that Vicky Leandros had taken to fourth place in the Shapes Of Things Song Contest, which marked the end of his career as a solo performer, but the lack of his previous Top Thirty hit single Tallyman, written by Graham Gouldman who had supplied several of the Yardbirds' hits is surprising, and speaking of the Yardbirds, why no hit singles Over Under Sideways Down or the wonderful and psychedelic Happenings Ten Years Time Ago, which opened up a new direction for the band, together with its flip-side, on which he sings, Psycho Daisies?
It would have been nice also to hear The Yardbirds' The Nazz Are Blue, his first lead vocal, on which he sounds far more confident than on Hi Ho Silver Lining, and which inspired the name of Todd Rundgren's band, rather than the earlier and paler instrumental demo, Jeff's Blues, which is included instead.
His pre-Yardbird work is represented by both sides of three singles by Screaming Lord Sutch an early outing of Jeff's fuzzbox guitarthe Manchester duo The Fitz and Startz, a band called the Nightshifts, and on a couple of duets where he jammed with Jimmy Page and Nicky Hopkins over Christmas His regular band prior to the Yardbirds, the Tridents, are not featured although it seems they were left largely unrecorded. He also did some session work after leaving the Yardbirds to develop his own career, and this is represented by a fascinating B-side by John's Children shortly before Marc Bolan joined the band and both sides of a Paul Jones single.
There is a problem, though, in that four of the 26 tracks included may well have nothing to do with Jeff Beck, as is recognised in the liner notes.
Jeff Beck left the Nightshift inand although he did occasionally appear with them as late asthere is nothing more than unsubstantiated rumour to suggest he played on their single, That's My Story.
This was the first Tim Rice song to be recorded, after Beck had joined the Yardbirds, and was written that same year. Whoever the guitarist was, he had a choppier style, more like a Mick Green or Mickey Jupp approach. Apparently some Beck fans believe he co-produced the track with Dave Mason, but the notes stress that two members of the band have clearly stated that he was not involved.
It seems strange that these four tracks have been chosen in preference to records he was known to have played on such as singles by Chris Andrews and Sandie Shaw, or the Yardbirds singles mentioned earlier.
Nevertheless, this collection neatly takes Jeff Beck's sixties work out of the shadows and shines a spotlight into some of its darker corners. Although there are a few really horrible tracks Stormy Monday for examplethe rarities more than make up for them. If you don't already have "Beck's Bolero" produced by Jimmy Page, I recommend buying it for that reason alone.
See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English. Verified Purchase. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. Comprend deux excellents morceaux de Donovan. Indispensable aux fans du grand Jeff. One person found this helpful. Translate review to English. A lot of dross on this album but still worth it for the four or five good tracks he did with the Yardbirds. There's an immediacy to many scenes that's hard to deny.
These people get under your skin and gnaw away. Jay Boyar. The facial jewellery, Elvis Costello music and cell phones notwithstanding, you keep expecting these people to challenge each other to duels with rapiers at dawn.
Geoff Pevere. The Shape of Things thus suits LaBute's objectives and the temper of our times beautifully even while it contains an uncharacteristically obvious and reactionary notion at its core.
Felicia Feaster. The great theme in LaBute's work is that every man is an island, and true relationships are therefore impossible. The advantage of that is that it's a brilliant allpurpose excuse for the writer's inability to develop character.
Mark Steyn. Felix Vasquez Jr. A grim and cynical but ultimately arresting exploration of personal expression and modern love. Mark Halverson. Neil LaBute is among the more interesting cinematic talents to emerge these past half-dozen years. Philip French. LaBute gives us a sequence of scathing emotional violence that outdoes anything I've seen this year. Rob Gonsalves. Top Box Office. More Top Movies Trailers.
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How did you buy your ticket? View All Shapes Of Things Movie Info. After a detour into lighter and more compassionate fare with Nurse Betty and Possession, Neil LaBute returns to the themes of his earlier films with this dark and corrosive look at male-female relationships. Adam Paul Rudd is a chubby, bespectacled nebbish of a college student who makes money in his spare time as a security guard at the university's art museum.
One evening at work, Adam spies another student preparing to deface a statue -- Evelyn Rachel Weisza beautiful art major who is offended by a fig leaf that's been used to "censor" a statue of a nude male, and is prepared to replace the disguised member with spray paint. Adam can't quite bring himself to kick Evelyn out of the museum, and she responds by giving him her phone number. Adam and Evelyn begin dating, and as she challenges his ideas about art and morality, she begins remaking Adam into the sort of boyfriend she'd prefer, Shapes Of Things.
Under her influence, Adam loses weight, gets contact lenses, changes his hairstyle, starts dressing better, and assumes a cooler and more confident personality. Adam's pal Philip Frederick Weller notices the changes in his friend and isn't happy with the way Evelyn has been molding Adam to her specifications.
The tensions between Philip and Evelyn exacerbate uneasiness between Jenny and her husband to be, while at the same time, Jenny and Adam begin to recognize a mutual attraction that's long lurked beneath the surface.
The Shape of Things was adapted by LaBute from his stage drama of the same name; a selection of songs by Elvis Costello comprise the soundtrack. Neil LaBute. Sep 23, Gretchen Mol as Jenny. Paul Rudd as Adam. Rachel Weisz as Evelyn. Frederick Weller as Phillip.
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