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Rock n Roll Party Honoring Les Paul DVD

Review by Gary Hill

It could be argued that Les Paul was the biggest influence on guitar rock of any human being. Certainly his guitar playing was influential, but really that was only a small piece of the puzzle. His guitars definitely revolutionized the world of rock, and the argument could be made that rock and roll would have never happened without them. Still, that’s not his whole contribution to the music world. He was also an innovator in the world of recording and engineering. With all those aspects in place, it shouldn’t be a big surprise that a lot of guitarists really looked up to Les Paul. Jeff Beck is one of them.

Jeff Beck chose to show his respect for Les Paul after his death by bringing together a number of exceptional musicians including Brian Setzer, Imelda May and Gary U.S. Bonds and doing a concert dedicated to the memory of Paul. This DVD captures that concert.

The show is divided into three sections. The first section focuses on the rockabilly side of Les Paul’s legacy. Perhaps the highlight of that is a killer version of “Train Kept A Rollin’.” The second section of the concert focused on Les Paul’s work with Mary Ford and Ida May provides the vocals. In the next segment a brass section is brought into play and they take things into different musical territory. The finale of the show, though, focuses, once again on the rockabilly end of the equation. It’s a great way to end on a high note. This will be of interest to Jeff Beck fans, but also just about anyone who likes guitar oriented rock will enjoy this. It’s highly recommended.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2011  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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