By: Jeff Beck
"Wired" is simply one of the best slabs of wax in the fusion genre. The 1976 follow-up to Jeff's equally brilliant LP "Blow By Blow" (1975), "Wired" is the loudest, funkiest and altogether most sizzling of Beck's four fusion records in the 70's. Beck's tone is slinky and his phrasing fiery, as he trades licks with Jan Hammer and Max Middleton, two of the great keyboardists of the fusion-era. Beck's stunning interpretation of Mingus's gorgeous "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" remains a career high-water mark for the illustrious guitar wizard. However, Beck's playing was so consistently seminal throughout the 70's that his influence is hard to overstate...and "Wired" is an album that launched a thousand licks.