“L’anamour” - Françoise Hardy
—Waiting For The Man
The Yardbirds - Waiting For The Man (Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles 3/31/68)
Jimmy Page channels Lou Reed. This is interesting to me because I alway think that the Velvets were so obscure at the time that no-one besides David Bowie had heard of them. I did read an interview once where Mick Jagger claimed that the Velvet Underground influenced the Stones around the time of Beggars Banquet, but it was years after the fact, so that might have been a lie because, well, he lies.
Anyway, here is documentation that the Velvet Underground were more popular than I imagined. The sound quality is shit, but so what. It’s a cool artyfact.
—Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Jeff Beck
(Music: Charles Mingus, Album: Wired, Epic 1976)
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it till y’all believe me: Jeff Beck is the greatest living guitarist. Listen to the intro to his version of this Charles Mingus classic and hear the incredible tone he has. Throughout the song, he has absolutely impeccable phrasing. He can begin with a beautifully constructed melody and gradually deconstruct it into a chaotic fury all the while maintaining the song’s integrity. Even at his most out-of-control, Beck is in absolute control. And it’s the ability to play both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between and to write or adapt songs that allow him to showcase these skills while still remaining an enjoyable listen that make him the greatest living guitarist.
Black Sabbath - Zero The Hero (Born Again, 1983)