Rock & Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul

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Rock & Roll Party: Honoring Les Paul

Filmed on June 9, 2010 at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, forever associated with the legendary Les Paul, this DVD captures Jeff Beck celebrating the great man with a selection of Les Paul songs and other great rock ‘n’ roll tracks on what w

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Holy Smoke – What a show! Buy it NOW!!!, January 21, 2011
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Les Paul was a bona fide genius. I’ve played acoustic and electric guitar, as well as tenor and baritone sax (although nowhere near the level of the guys on this DVD), for many years so I know what kind of monster musicianship went into playing it. In case you didn’t know, Les Paul (and his friend Leo Fender, working separately and whose last name you should also recognize) had everything to do with the invention of the electric guitar. In addition, Les Paul invented recording studio techniques that are still in use today. Though the equipment has changed, those techniques are still the same. Everyone who uses a recording studio today – including myself – is still using many of those same techniques today.

I first saw the edited PBS version and just HAD to buy the DVD. Take it from an old-school rock’n'roller: I’m telling you THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BE MISSED! The show was recorded on what would have been Les Paul’s 95th birthday in 2010 in a tiny club in NYC. You’ll have a better seat than anyone who was actually at this invitation-only event.

The show features the amazing guitar work of Jeff Beck, the gorgeous Irish vocalist Imelda May, who, when she covers the 1950′s Les Paul and Mary Ford records contained in the show, is a dead ringer for Mary Ford. Ms. May did the same trick Ms. Ford did on the original Paul and Ford Records of the 1950′s (one of Les Paul’s many inventions) – she pre-recorded the harmony vocals on such songs as “How High The Moon”, “Mockingbird Hill”, “Tiger Rag” and more – and sang the lead vocal live with the band and the recorded harmony tracks – essentially singing harmony with herself. Each of the guest artists came out in turn and did their stuff, and boy, did they do it UP! The show features a great horn section for some of the tunes, such as the theme from “Peter Gunn”, plus Brian Setzer, Gary U.S. Bonds and lots more. If you’re a fan of REAL rock ‘n’ roll, you are going to want this DVD or Blu-Ray disc in your collection…and you’ll want to turn it up!!!

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
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Jeff channels Les Paul, January 8, 2011
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This event with Jeff Beck was recorded at the Iridium Club in New York, the same place the late great Les Paul held court each Monday. I was lucky to see one of these Les Paul mondays a few years ago and Jeff’s tribute is entertaining and touching.

Jeff plays guitar, and I think he’s the best player alive now. He is a innovator, crosses musical boundaries and definitions, plus is an incredible mimic: THE most stunning part of this session is his duet with Imelda May, performing the early Les Paul and Mary Ford hits in real time with that Les Paul sound. They prerecorded Imelda May’s vocals and multiplied them to get the lush texture that was Mary’s multi-track vocal signature.

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PS: the less than 5 stars review is for the last third of the concert where everyone tries to “big band.” The event and manages to just get loud. Not a reason to dismiss the whole event, but “top this” is a convention in any concert where they try to end on a “high note.”

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WOW! Was I in ‘Rockabilly Heaven’?, January 26, 2011
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J. Morris
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Really late last night i was flipping the channels and happen to see a ‘rockabilly’ concert going on at PBS. I stopped to watch awhile. I’m sure I had heard the singer before (Big Sandy?)….but who is that great guitarist next to him? He sure looks a lot like Jeff Beck? He plays blistering solos (short and compact, true to songs of the era) like Jeff Beck.
Jeff Beck is a rock/jazz fusion genius, it can’t be him playing sideman on a rockabilly band? Then they brought out this beautiful singer that looks a lot like Scarlett Johansen with a weird hair-do, and she beautifully sang 50′s songs with what sounded like 2 of the Puppini Sisters. I wondered if I was dreaming?

Finally, they had a ‘pledge break’…OMG! It WAS Jeff Beck!!! The singer is new to me; Imelda May, from Ireland.
You read the details above about the concert and the over-dubbing trick of Imelda. All I can add is that this was great, a lot of fun, and makes me appreciate these classic songs anew. I’m only bummed I have to wait to get the CD, and I’m on my way to find some Imelda May albums.

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