The Long Play with Al Neff" is a continuing Sunday evening Feature on The
GOAT. This year, Every Sunday Evening, Album Rock WXYG, The GOAT will
feature a full album at 8:00 PM from the halcyon musical days of 1971.
1971 was Quite an amazing year in Album Rock history. Gonna be a tough
choice every week. So many great ones to choose from.
hope you’ll tune in Next Sunday evening, September 26, 2021 at 8:00 PM for
Rough and Ready, the third studio album by the Jeff Beck Group and the
first of two by the second Jeff Beck Group. Released in 1971 by Epic
Records, it featured more of a jazz, soul and R&B edge to counter Beck's
lead guitar. As a songwriter, Beck contributed more pieces to Rough and
Ready than he had before, or ever would again. Beck enlisted Bobby Tench
as vocalist and it is also the first time keyboardist Max Middleton is
heard. Other members of this line up are drummer Cozy Powell and bassist
In early April and still signed to RAK, Jeff Beck reformed The Jeff Beck
Group with keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Cozy Powell and bassist
Clive Chaman and vocalist Alex Ligertwood. Later in April that year the
new band began recording sessions at Island Studios, London. They worked
on songs by Beck and focused on "Situation", which had lyrics by
Ligertwood. Other songs such as "Morning Dew" were given attention, with
the help of producer Jimmy Miller, who had worked with Traffic and with
The Rolling Stones.
During May 1971, after a week of recording sessions, Beck left RAK and
signed a new record deal with CBS. Epic, a subsidiary of CBS, was assigned
to release Beck's work, and having heard the Island studio tapes were not
happy with the vocals. During May, Beck started looking for a new
vocalist. In late May, after hearing Bobby Tench perform with his band
Gass, he employed him as vocalist for the band. Tench was given only a few
weeks to write new lyrics and add his vocals to the album, before mixing
resumed on tracks previously recorded by Beck and the other band members.
During early July 1971 the band returned to Island Studios to finish the
album and Beck took over as producer. Rough and Ready was released on
October 25, 1971. A sixteen-day promotional tour in USA followed and the
album eventually reached #46 in the album charts. Roy Carr, writing in NME,
felt that the album "felt that Beck hasn't lost any of his fire as he rips
off solo after solo with flashy confidence". Rolling Stone magazine's
Stephen Davis said that Rough and Ready is "a surprisingly, fine piece of
work from a man who wasn't really expected to come back. Beck is back, and
in pretty good shape too." Derek Johnson of NME reviewed the single "Got
the Feeling" positively and called it "an excellent disc combining a
strong commercial element with an altogether more progressive approach".
Rough and Ready finished 23rd in the voting for the best album of 1971 in
the Pazz & Jop, an annual critics poll run by The Village Voice.
Tune In and Turn On Next Sunday Evening, September 26th, and every Sunday
evening at 8:00 PM for The GOAT'S "The Long Play with Al Neff.” Don’t
forget, right after the “Long Play”, we do a “Replay” of this week’s GOAT
GUEST DJ SHOW.