Widely regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time, Jeff Beck cut his teeth with the British Invasion group The Yardbirds – which also included future Led Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page among its ranks – before embarking on a remarkably varied solo career of his own. From his initial ventures in psychedelic pop-rock and hard rock, through to improvisatory jazz-fusion experimentations with funk and R&B, Beck trod a very different path from his peers, eventually preferring to eschew pop songwriting formats in favour of exhilarating instrumental rock jams. Across his career, Beck has proven himself a guitar legend who has never been afraid of going beyond sonic boundaries to discover new sounds. Here to prove it is our list of the best Jeff Beck songs…
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10: Tallyman (single A-side, 1967)
Released in July 1967 as Jeff Beck’s second solo single, Tallyman is a psych-rock gem written by Graham Gouldman (later frontman for 10cc), who had previously written Heart Full Of Soul for Beck’s former outfit The Yardbirds.
With pop supremo Mickie Most’s production, Tallyman sees Beck take lead vocals and wind his fingers around heady unison bends, staccato power-chord bursts à la The Who and a sinuous sliding solo. Much overlooked, this is radio-friendly 60s pop-rock at its finest.