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Classic Album Review: Jeff Beck | Who Else!

The old-dog guitar hero teaches himself a few new tricks for this comeback album.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Over the years, Jeff Beck has had plenty of alter-egos: British invasion blues-rocker with The Yardbirds, jazz-rocker with Jan Hammer, guitar-rock god with Rod Stewart.

On his latest comeback disc, Who Else!, he re-invents himself yet again, as — get this! — a techno artist. Much of this 54-minute set was inspired by and features the intricate polyrhythms and cold synthesizers of electronica. With this as a springboard, Beck launches himself into the present day, using his Stratocaster to add slabs of chords and stabbing, ice-pick leads. (For the older fans, he also tosses in a few bluesy tracks.) And while he doesn’t always hit the mark, you’ve gotta give this old dog points for learning a few new tricks.