Beck Bogert Appice – Same (1973)

FrontCover1Beck, Bogert & Appice is the eponymous debut album by the ’70s band Beck, Bogert & Appice. They were a supergroup and power trio, with the line up of guitarist Jeff Beck (who had already been a member of The Yardbirds and The Jeff Beck Group), bassist Tim Bogert, and drummer Carmine Appice (both formerly members of Vanilla Fudge and Cactus). The album had solid sales in 1973. One of the most notable tracks is Beck’s version of the famous song of Stevie Wonder’s and his’ creation: “Superstition.”

This was the band’s only studio album, as Beck left the band without warning during the recording of their second album, forcing a sudden dissolution in 1974. (by wikipedia)

Beck01One of the great things about Jeff Beck is his utter unpredictability. It’s also one of the most maddening things about him, too, since it’s as likely to lead to flights of genius as it is to weird detours like Beck, Bogert & Appice. It’s hard to tell what exactly attracted Beck to the rhythm section of Vanilla Fudge and Cactus — perhaps he just wanted to rock really loud and really hard, beating Led Zeppelin at their own game.

TicketWhatever the motivation, the end result was the same — a leaden album, with occasional interesting guitar work smothered by heavy riffs and rhythms that don’t succeed on a visceral level. It’s a loud, lumbering record that may be of interest for Beck archivists, provided they want to hear absolutely everything he did..(by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Carmine Appice (drums, vocals)
Jeff Beck (guitar, vocals)
Tim Bogert (bass, vocals)
Jimmy Greenspoon (piano)
Duane Hitchings (piano, mellotron)
Danny Hutton (background vocals)

01. Black Cat Moan (Nix) 3.44
02. Lady (Appice/Beck/Voorhis/Bogert/French/Hitchings) 5.33
03. Oh to Love You (Appice/Beck/Bogert/French/Hitchings) 4.04
04. Superstition (Wonder) 4.15
05. Sweet Sweet Surrender (Nix) 3.59
06. Why Should I Care (Kennedy) 3.31
07. Lose Myself With You (Appice/Beck/Bogert/French) 3.16
08. Livin’ Alone (Appice/Beck/Bogert) 4.11
09. I’m So Proud (Mayfield) 4.12
10. I´m So Proud (single version) (Mayfield) 3.25
11. Lady (single version) (Appice/Beck/Voorhis/Bogert/French/Hitchings) 3.50