Picks and Pans Review: Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop

updated 10/30/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/30/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Jeff Beck with Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas

With this record, the electric guitarist extraordinaire proves he is still the king of the rock instrumental. For technique and sheer creativity, Beck's artistry is unmatched since the heyday of Jimi Hendrix. Guitar Shop finds him exercising his talents in an intriguing variety of styles. "Behind the Veil" starts with a lilting Caribbean rhythm before it sails away on his soaring solo. The haunting "Where Were You" sounds like a misty lament from the Scottish Highlands. Beck's incendiary fret-play on the jolting "Stand On It" will have even Eddie Van Halen's mouth hanging open. Unfortunately, two songs on which he's really tearing into the belly of the beast—the title track and "Day in the House"—are marred by intrusive voice-overs. When Beck is playing, you just want everything else to clear out and let the man work his guitar voodoo. (Epic)

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