“What is that? What, what is that - what is that noise?”
Jeff Beck Group - Shapes of Things - 1968 - truth (by hollippertronics)
CONFECTIONERY: I haven’t posted any rock classics (well by my definition at least, and I’m certainly no connoisseur in the genre) in a while. So here’s one that fans of any genre of music should be able to enjoy.
‘Ice Cream Cakes’ by Jeff Beck Group is a swaggering, mellow track that will no doubt bring vivid visual images to mind upon listening to the lyrics of the chorus. ‘Ice cream cakes and lollipops babe, ain’t as sweet as you’. A cheesy line if I ever heard one.
Yet set against percussion that sounds slightly reggae influenced, a languid, jazzy piano melody and naturally, some epic guitar work by the legendary Jeff Beck himself, it sounds cool and dream-like. Bob Tench’s vocals have a slightly off-kilter soulful vibe to them, which I can really appreciate here. They work better than Rod Stewart’s husky tones would have.
Another slice of musical heaven from the 1970s; the decade that produced true pop classics by the dozen. The infusion of different genres evidenced on this track occured in all fields of music, making it easier to just be a ‘music’ fan as opposed to sequestering oneself off into different subgroups according to style. I really wish it was still like that today in some ways. At any rate, take on this tasty melange if you want to hear what I’m referring to. This was taken from their 1972 self-titled set ‘Jeff Beck Group’ and the last album that the group produced before disbanding one month after its release in June of the same year.