Popularity is tied to his reclusiveness. Better known guitarists like Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, or Jimmy Page get talked about more because they’re seen more. But talent does dictate the final product. Some might say he approached his career with a let’s see what happens attitude, giving way to having a lower spark in his style.
Seeing Jeff play in person not only would change your mind but would cause you to go buy some of his music. Truth, Blow by Blow and Wired would give you a great start. Feeling for something you might not have yet try: Jeff Beck Live: B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill, New York especially if live is your thing. Any one of these Jeff Beck LP are more then the worth of your money.
I never really understood why Rod Stewart did’t bring more attention to Jeff’s work. After Rod left the Jeff Beck Group in 1971, Beck never scored a lead singer that shot him to the front of music’s golden circle. However, Beck is an extraordinary guitarist, just look at total respect he gets from fellow guitarists.
Jeff Beck has cited his major influences as Les Paul, The Shadows, Cliff Gallup, Ravi Shankar, Roy Buchanan, Chet Atkins, and Lonnie Mack. This shows up in his body of work from his instrumental drifts, innovative sound, blues-rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion and funky electronica. His talent flows from his guitar like the Niagara, with something for everyone. Better yet, connect with him on some level – just give it a try. Happy Birthday Jeff Beck – Mr.Classic 98.5 WNCX