After a brief hiatus due to A to Z, I’m back with another Battle. This time, a battle between two of the great guitar players, Chuck Berry and Jeff Beck.
I heard “Jeff’s Boogie” by The Yardbirds back when Jeff Beck was punishing the strings. And you know me and instrumental guitar music: I went crazy over it.
A few years later, I was at a friend’s house and he put on a Chuck Berry album, and here’s what came out of the speakers.
My reaction was “Hey, Chuck is covering ‘Jeff’s Boogie’!”
My friend gave me that look that tells me I have three heads and says, “No, that’s ‘Guitar Boogie.’ Beck must have been covering it and called it ‘Jeff’s Boogie.'”
I shrugged and said, “Sounds like ‘Jeff’s Boogie.'” And we went on to something else.
I like both versions of this tune: Jeff Beck has always been one of my favorite guitar players, and he sounds crystal clear on this tune. And listening to Chuck’s version makes me think of him being in the studio on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago with Willie Dixon on bass, Lafayette Leake on piano, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith on the drums, and someone at Chess leaving the tape running while the four of them warm up.
So, let’s hear from you, now: which version do you prefer? Jeff Beck’s, with The Yardbirds, or Chuck Berry’s? Let me know in the comments and tell me a little about hy you like that one better.
And, as always, when you’ve finished that, go visit the others who might or might not be holding Battles today:
Tossing It Out
Far Away Series *
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands *
Your Daily Dose
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Janie Junebug Righting and Editing
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
* Check these blogs for further updates to this list!
I’ll announce the winner as part of “The Week That Was” next Sunday, May 8, 2016, so get your vote to me by Saturday the 7th.
Best of luck to Jeff and Chuck! The lines are open now!