Jeff has teamed up with... Johnny Depp? It's rather good too, and it's a bit different than the original, written by John Lennon.
LOS ANGELES – Legendary guitarist and two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Beck, one of the great collaborators in music history, has once-again found an unexpected co-conspirator in Johnny Depp. The musical soulmates have been working behind-the-scenes for the past few several years on new music and have released their first single as a duo today, a re-imagining of John Lennon’s classic track “Isolation,” which is available now on all streaming and digital download services from Atco/Rhino Records.
“Isolation” finds Beck in classic form on guitar with Depp on vocals, joined by long-time Beck collaborators Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Rhonda Smith on bass. The band first performed the track live at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival last September in Texas.
“Johnny and I have been working on music together for a while now and we recorded this track during our time in the studio last year. We weren’t expecting to release it so soon but given all the hard days and true ‘isolation’ that people are going through in these challenging times, we decided now might be the right time to let you all hear it,” says Beck. “You’ll be hearing more from Johnny and me in a little while but until then we hope you find some comfort and solidarity in our take on this Lennon classic.”
Johnny Depp adds, “Jeff Beck and I recorded this song Isolation last year, as our take on a beautiful John Lennon tune. Lennon’s poetry – ‘We’re afraid of everyone. Afraid of the Sun!’ – seemed to Jeff and me especially profound right now, this song about isolation, fear, and existential risks to our world. So we wanted to give it to you, and hope it helps you make sense of the moment or just helps you pass the time as we endure isolation together.”
Beck is universally acknowledged as one of the most talented and significant guitarists in the world and has played alongside some of the greatest artists of rock, blues, and jazz. Over the course of his distinguished 50+ music career, he has earned an incredible eight Grammy Awards, been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice – once as a member of the Yardbirds and again as a solo artist. In the summer of 2016, the guitar virtuoso celebrated his five decades of music with an extraordinary concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl.
Depp has amassed quite the musical resume of his own, playing in the Hollywood Vampires supergroup with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry for the last five years. He’s also collaborated with a wide variety of musical artists over the last several decades from Oasis to Marilyn Manson to Stone Temple Pilots, just to name a few.
Well I gave it a go, but when it started I literally said 'WTF is this' out loud - I thought I'd hit the wrong button in Spotify, or they had got the album wrong and I had to double check. Grunge, garage metal or something!
Bloody awful to my ears and I abandoned it after Rollin' and Tumblin'.
Sorry chaps, it was dreadful . . . I'll get my coat
Interesting thread, I've only just come across it. Never knowingly heard JB before.
Watched the YT vids. Very introverted, self absorbed style of playing. Reminds me of some other musician, but I can't place it atm. He certainly gets some interesting effects I don't think I've heard before. He does like playing with that little stick thing [technical term] on the geetar, some sort of tremelo effect. Not that keen on it myself.
I guess I agree with pjd's views.
From the little I've seen and heard my overiding impression is that he's a great technician rather than a great musician.
Tried You Had It Coming. Oh dear. What a racket. I agree with Tim.
jandl100 and Tim Some thoughts from me: I wouldn't recommend any of those three as a first dip into Jeff Beck's work, myself. OK, possibly Emotion & Commotion, but if you don't like 'You had it coming' you probably aren't going to be predisposed towards that either.
'Guitar Shop' is the one I always suggest people try...
...but my own faves are the crustiest of his classics - 'Truth' and 'Beck Ola'. Recorded with a top notch band including Rod Stewart before he disappeared up his own arse.