The full ti­tle is Cause We’ve End­ed as Lovers and for al­most ev­ery­one it’s that beau­ti­ful slow in­stru­men­tal on Jeff Beck’s fab­u­lous Blow by Blow al­bum, with a ded­i­ca­tion to Roy Buchanan, who’s al­ready con­tribut­ed a Song of the Day. That was my take un­til I start­ed writ­ing this and found out it was not on­ly writ­ten by Ste­vie Won­der, but was record­ed on Ste­vie Won­der Pre­sents Syree­ta, fea­tur­ing his then-wife. I’m most­ly here to talk about Jeff’s ver­sion but Ste­vie and Syree­ta do it up very nice­ly too.

Blow by Blow, by Jeff Beck

I can re­mem­ber a snarky wise-ass re­view of Blow by Blow, in Rolling Stone I think, where they said some­thing like “The late Six­ties had way too much gui­tar wank­ing, is 1975 too soon to take up the sub­ject again?“ Ap­par­ent­ly it was fine, be­cause it sold a mil­lion copies. It’s love­ly end-to-end and does a mag­ic thing: Yes, it’s a record of noth­ing but gui­tar in­stru­men­tal­s, but you don’t find your­self think­ing “What hot guitar”, it’s more “Wow, what a great tune.” The oth­er big num­ber from this al­bum is Free­way Jam, which con­tains some of the tastiest-sounding gui­tar chords ev­er record­ed by any­one.

Any­how, Cause We’ve End­ed as Lovers is a melan­choly piece, full of grace­ful de­scend­ing lines, and Jeff doesn’t in­sert any dis­tract­ing axe the­atric­s, he just goes with the flow, ap­ply­ing a whole lot of lega­to and exquisite gui­tar tone. Com­bine that with a great Ste­vie Won­der melody and yeah, no­body should be sur­prised that it sounds great.

A word on the Ste­vie Won­der/Syree­ta ver­sion. She’s got a soft, sweet voice and ei­ther she or Ste­vie pro­vid­ed nice melan­choly lyric­s, and Stevie’s back­ing key­boards are amaz­ing. But Jeff just brings more in­ten­si­ty and feel­ing to the tune, to my ears at least. Hav­ing said that, I’ll throw in links, and rec­om­mend you give Syree­ta a lis­ten.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. Jeff Beck on Spo­ti­fy, iTunes, Ama­zon. Ste­vie and Syree­ta on Spo­ti­fy, iTunes, Ama­zon. As for live video, here’s Jeff in 2007 at Clapton’s Cross­roads fes­ti­val, which is to say 32 years af­ter Blow by Blow, do­ing a fine mostly-mellow ver­sion. Now, at this point, Jeff’s se­cret weapon on tour was Tal Wilken­feld, a tiny Aus­tralian bass play­er, then 21 years old, who is just a ti­tan­ic tal­en­t. If you like watch­ing Jeff and Tal tear this one apart (and who wouldn’t?) here they are again, in a lit­tle club in­stead of a huge sta­di­um.


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From: Takashi Shitamichi (Mar 27 2018, at 16:52)

"Blow by Blow" is the best album of Jeff Beck. I used to play some of the album that seems "not old music" even now.


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