Crazy Legs

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

Even a ge­nius has to be al­lowed an oc­ca­sional in­dul­gence, and in Beck’s case it’s a homage to Gene Vin­cent’s gui­tarist from his Blue Caps band, the bril­liantly un­der­stated and crim­i­nally un­der­rated Cliff Gallup. Beck has al­ways cited him as a ma­jor in­flu­ence, which seems strangely odd at first, as he rarely plays rock­a­billy him­self.

He makes up for it here, though, with 18 tracks from Vin­cent’s peer­less cat­a­logue with Gallup, per­formed straight and un­adorned in the com­pany of Bri­tish rock­a­billy mae­stros the Big Town Play­boys. Beck is not about to mess with his hero but, capri­cious as ever, he leaves out Be-Bop-A-Lula.

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