Interviewees: Jeff Beck, Tony Hymas, Terry Bozzio
Taped a few months before the release of Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, this World of Rock interview with Scott Muni takes place with the album's entire trio including Tony Hamas, who had worked as a keyboardist for Jack Bruce and Jeff Beck in the past, and Terry Bozzio, who played drums for Frank Zappa and co-founded Missing Persons. As such, there are some great nuggets about the making of the album, as well as lengthy introductions to some of the cuts.
This chat is also memorable for portraying how technology and music were mixing in the late 1980's. Putting Jeff (whose collection of gear consisted of three pedals) in the same room as Tony (for whom programming synthesizers was a hobby) and Terry (who had patents for electronic drum machines) provides for a well-balanced discussion.
Lastly, check out the outtake section to hear about Jeff's earliest influences and his theory about how short-lived rock n' roll was.
00:00 - Intro for Jeff, Tony Hymas, and Terry Bozzio00:54 - Running out of excuses to not play anymore01:27 - Making Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop: a group effort02:29 - (Not) using other people's material02:55 - Intro to "Guitar Shop" / fun with samplers04:33 - The other passion / hot rod rock and roll06:00 - Tony's background in keyboard playing06:40 - Rehearsals for recitals vs. programming synthesizers (Tony)07:55 - An orchestra at one's fingertips08:21 - Electronic vs. acoustic drum kits (Terry)09:04 - Tony' compositional mind vs. a drummer's spontaneity10:20 - Jeff's guitar sound / Joan Collins' closet 11:40 - Jeff's take on technological advances 12:49 - The guitar equipment at Jeff's house13:29 - Terry's favorite moment of working with the other two14:30 - Terry's intro to "A Day In The House" / British politics, environmental concerns17:11 - Tony's intro to "Big Block" / a collaborative effort18:20 - Coming back to tour America / rehearsing in the heat 19:55 - The big problem with Jeff20:38 - Musical liberation throughout the world21:28 - Not being able to think of a name for the band22:30 - Outro
23:03 -Why Jeff won't make a retrospective compilation24:58 - Wishes for a rockabilly album25:28 - Jeff's theory about rock and roll (lasting from 1954 - 1959) 26:13 - What led Jeff to take up the guitar / making his first guitar from scratch27:40 - Influential records, radio28:17 - Radio in the UK vs. radio in the US / only being allowed to hear covers29:49 - The variety of guitarists from rock and roll / Bo Diddley 31:17 - The Yardbirds: experimentation as a rule32:42 - Another good-bye
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