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Beck, Bogert & Appice was a hard rock supergroup power trio formed of guitarist Jeff Beck from The Jeff Beck Group, and bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, who were both from Vanilla Fudge.

Contracts and car crash

Beck had been keen to work with Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice, further to encountering Bogert and Appice during 1967 and subsequent meetings and sessions such as those which took place between July 6 and 10, 1969 . In early August 1969 Beck commented to Alan Smith from New Musical Express, "...two name faces to join the group. They're going to be news when they happen, and if I only had the griff on it , if only I had it signed amd sealed, I'd tell you. But until then I'm afraid it's all shtm. You see both these name faces are under recording contracts at the moment"On September 13, 1969 Melody Maker reported in their "Raver" column, that Beck had added Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert to his band. Beck and his manger Peter Grant arranged to finalise contracts with Bogert and Appice in November 1969. On November 12, 1969 Beck crashed his Hot rod car and all future plans were put on hold. Beck soon recovered from his accident and in early March 1971 he formed a new Jeff Beck Group.

Long awaited collaboration

Unofficial Jeff Beck Group and Kim Milford

The official demise of the second Jeff Beck Group was announced on July 24, 1972. The next day Jeff Beck met with keyboardist Max Middleton, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice. He also brought in Kim Milford as vocalist. Rehearsals at the Rolling Stones rehearsal rooms Bermondseymarker began, in preparation for an imminent tour of US, originally arranged for The Jeff Beck Group. In an interview with Danny Holloway from New Musical Express on July 8, 1972, Beck stated,
"We've never played what the people wanted to hear in America.
They expect vicious, violent rock and Roll.
That's what I'm known for, but I was avoiding all that in the previous band.
I was trying to play subtle rock and roll.That stuff was more suitable for clubs not big stages.
This new group will play much heavier music"


Touring as Jeff Beck Group, Bobby Tench joins tour and formation of Power Trio

On August 1, 1972 the band appeared at the Stanley Theatremarker Pittsburghmarker as Jeff Beck Group. After only six appearances Milford was replaced by Bobby Tench, who was flown in from UK, in time for the Arie Crown Theatre Chicagomarker performance and appeared with the band for the rest of the tour. The tour concluded at the Paramount North West Theatremarker in Washington, on August 19, 1972. After this US tour, Tench and Middelton left the band and Beck formed a power trio with Appice and Bogert. Drummer Appice also took on the role of vocalist with help from Bogert and Beck. Still billed as Jeff Beck Group they were included on the bill for Rock at The Oval on September 16, which marked the start of a tour schedule of UK, Holland and Germany . On Friday October 20, 1972 a US tour began at the Hollywood Sportatoriummarker Floridamarker and concluded on November 11, 1972, at The Warehouse New Orleansmarker.

Beck, Bogert & Appice album

Beck, Bogert & Appice started work on their eponymous debut album on December 11, 1972 at Chess Studios, with sessions continuing until December 22. Recording sessions resumed on January 2, 1973 with producer Don Nix and the trio transferred to The Village in Los Angelesmarker. Don Nix told John Tobler from the US magazine Zig Zag, "I don't know how I got the job, but I'd sure like top get out of it". Beck, Bogert & Appice was released on March 26, 1973 in US, and in UK on April 6 the same year. The album reached #12 in US and #28 in UK album charts and on May 10, 1973 James Isaacs, from Rolling Stone wrote,
"The band's debut LP is surprisingly docile, when compared to their live show that summons recollections of the Fudge's savage version of "Shotgun" united with Beck's swooping leads.
Always a master of unrestraint, Jeff is often subdued here, depending far less on the sound effects and whooshing runs that dominated the two albums with Rod.
Good drummer Appice is the designated singer on the remainder of the tunes.
While he can at least carry a tune (even if at times he sounds like he's carrying it in a satchel), his Bruce like tenor possesses little flair and scant individuality.
Still, it's good to hear stripped-down rock like "Lady," with its Creamy vocal and Whoish crescendos, the boogie lick-trading on "Livin' Alone" and the almost ludicrous sincerity with which Carmine renders Curtis Mayfield's "I'm So Proud"


Touring as Beck, Bogert & Appice

US and Japan

On February 1, 1973 the trio embarked on a UK tour which took in concert Halls and University campus venues and ended at the Top Rank Suite Cardiffmarker on February 18, 1973. On February 20 they appeared on the French TV show Pop Deux , in front of 2000 fans and the band rest for a week. On March 28, 1973 they started their US tour at the Music Hall Bostonmarker and Beck unveiled a new effect by using the Talk box for the first time. They finished the first part of their tour on April 16, 1973 at Winterland, Californiamarker, having played eighteen venues. After another tour break, the band resumed their tour of US, starting at the Seattlemarker Centre Arena Arena on May 26 and finishing at the Honolulu International centre Hawaiimarker on May 8, and they flew onto a Japanese tour which started at Nippon Budokanmarker centre on May 14 and ended five days later on May 19, 1973 at Koseinenkin Hall, Osaka.

Europe and Second US tour

A tour of Europe started on July 8, 1973 and took in the annual European rock festival circuit. They travelled to venues in West Germany and Holland, before arriving in Parismarker, to conclude the tour on July 14, 1973. Another US tour was hastily arranged, to cover the East coast and Southern states, such as Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland and Georgia. The tour started on July 11, 1973 and came to an abrupt end when Beck left on July 17 .

Live in Japan and the second European tour

Live was released on October 21, 1973. This album was a compilation of performances recorded in Osaka, during the May tour in Japan. On November 21, 1973, the band travelled to France to start their second European tour as Beck, Boggert & Appice. After a Christmas break the band started a British tour, which started Newcastle on January 10. Fourteen shows followed, taking them to cities such as Brightonmarker, Liverpoolmarker, Sheffieldmarker, Bristolmarker and Londonmarker, before heading to Scotlandmarker to visit, Glasgowmarker and Edinburghmarker. The tour ended on February 29 at the Caley Theatre Edinburghmarker.

Rainbow concert and recording sessions

On January 26, 1974 the band played at the Rainbow Theatremarker, as part of a European tour. This concert was broadcast in full, on the US show Rock Around the World, on September 9, 1974. This was the last recorded work by the band and previewed songs that were intended for a second studio album, and became the bootleg At Last Rainbow . The medley which combined "You Shook Me" and "BBA Boogie", was later included on the Jeff Beck compilation Beckology(1991). Recording sessions for a second studio album began in January 1974. On May 18, 1974 New Musical Express wrote, "Rumours concerning an imminent split in BBA, which have been rife for several weeks, were confirmed by Bassist Tim Bogert". Melody Maker also reported the break up of the band, at that time The band dissolved before before the completion of an album.

At last Rainbow song list

  1. "Laughin' Lady" (5:53)
  2. "Lady" (7:05)
  3. "Morning Dew" (12:22)
  4. "Superstition" (6:07)
  5. "Get Ready Your Lovemaker's Coming Home" (7:40)
  6. "You Shook me" (5:34)
  7. "BBA Boogie" (11:32)


Band members



Vocalists

  • Bobby Tench (13 live shows. August 8 – September 19, 1973)
  • Kim Milford (6 live shows. August 4 – August 7, 1973)


Guest Appearances on Beck, Bogert & Appice album



Discography

Albums

Beck Bogert & Appice
  • Epic EQ-32140 (1973)
  • Columbia 32140 (1989)
  • Digital Sound 4421 (1997)
  • Epic MHCP585 (2005)
  • Repertoire 2330 + Bonus track (2005)
  • Sbme Special MKTS 723706 (2005)


Beck Bogert & Appice Live
  • Epic 22001 (1974)
  • 1999
  • 2005


Compilations

BBA tracks appear on Beckology
  • Epic/Legacy E3K-48661 (1991)
  • Epic/Legacy 48661 (1995)
  • Epic/Legacy 48661 (1991)
  • Epic/Legacy 48661 (1991)
  • Epic/Legacy E3T-48661 (1991)
  • Epic/Legacy 65424 (1998)
  • Sony 65424 (1998)
  • Sony Japan 750/2 (2007)


Singles

  • "Black Cat Moan"/"Livin" Alone Epic EPC 1255 (UK February 16, 1972)
  • "I'm So Proud"/"Oh To Love You" Epic 10998 (US May 28, 1973)
  • "Lady/Oh To Love You" Epic 11027 (US July 16, 1973)


Notes

  1. A vague reference to Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice
  2. Zig Zag May 12, 1973 Issue #35
  3. Rolling Stone Magazine May 10, 1973. Issue #133
  4. Reference to Jack Bruce
  5. Les Deux was broadcast by ORTF TV
  6. NB : Tench joined the band for The Arie Crown Theatre concert, in Chicago
  7. NB: Milford left the band after the the Majestic Theatre concert in Dallas


References and further reading

  • Hjort, Chris and Hinman, Doug. Jeff's book : A chronology of Jeff Beck's career 1965–1980 : from the Yardbirds to Jazz-Rock. Rock 'n' Roll Research Press, (2000). ISBN 0-9641005-3-3
  • Carson, Annette. Jeff Beck: Crazy Fingers. Backbeat books (2002) ISBN 0-87930-632-7


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