One 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
-- perhaps he just wanted to rock really loud and really hard, beating Led Zeppelin
at their own game. Whatever 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.