"It's not every day three musicians with such talent as Tim Bogart, Carmine Appice, and Jeff Beck get together and make an album. Usually when musicians of this calabor get together egos and tempors get in the way of the music, thats way supergroups dont last. Appice is one of the worlds best drummers, Bogart is a great bass player, and Jeff Beck is well, Jeff Beck, the man plays guitar like... well I dont know what like but he is amazing! This album however is unlike anyother supergroup album in the history of music because this one is actually good and actually its better then good its excellent!
The album opens up with its best song, 'Black Cat Moan' which is a nice heavy bluesy rocker and features some amazing slide guitar by Beck. Next is the nice little ballad lady, and no not the horrible Styx song, this is much better! 'Oh To Love You' is another ballad with nice vocals from Bogart. Its almost like a Beegees song but with balls! 'Superstition' is a cover of the classic Stevie Wonder song, and I actually like it. I mean they could have done better but I think they did a fantastic job on it, though its clearly not better then the original its still nice and features some killer lead guitar by Beck. 'Sweet Sweet Surender' is another slower ballader type song, and its not one of my favorites though it does have some really beautiful lyrics. 'Why Should I Care' is a nice heavy rocker, and one of the better songs on the album, If the whole album was like this song I would have given it five stars thats for sure. Next is the rocker 'Lose My Self With You' which is probabley my favorite song on the album next to 'Black Cat Moan' because it is just such a killer song. Becks amazing wah-wah talents are showcased greatly on this song. 'Livin Alone' is a really cool song, I dont know how to describe it, its very 1970's and very cool, thats really all I can say because it must be heard to enjoy. The album comes to a close ever so perfectly with 'im So Proud' which is the best of the ballads on the album and is a nice easy way of ending the album on a soft and high note.
Beck, Bogert, and Appice is one of the best albums Jeff Beck ever made, and had there been fewer ballads and more rockers and bluesier songs this album would have been even better.
So even though I think the boys went a little over board with all the ballads I still think this is an essential album that all rock fans and musicians (especially guitarists), should own and add to their collections."
Stunning combination with Jeff Beck in his prime
RJK | San Francisco, CA | 09/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Think about it-Jeff Beck in his prime, ripping off some of his best licks with incredible tone backed up by Tim Bogert on Bass and Carmine Appice on Drums from Vanilla Fudge. The rhythm section is still tight coming off 3 years of playing with Cactus. Beck is great on tunes like "Black Cat Moan" and a great version of "Superstition". Forget the vocals (they're pretty bad) and imagine Rod Stewart singing these songs (what should have happened). This album is worth getting just for Jeff Beck's guitar work. Enjoy this unique one time collaboration."
Good Lp, Some Weak Material Detracts From Some Great Tracks.
4-Legged Defender | ATL. GA. | 01/10/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After waiting for these guys to get together for a few years due to Beck`s near-fatal car wreck, BBA hit the scene hard, and with good cause. They were a 'supergroup' when the days of such entities were waning and sorely in need. Remember, after this we were subjected to groups like Foreigner and Bad Company, who shamelessly pandered to get hits and airtime instead of living up to any true potential they had. While there are great muscular, butt-kicking trax on this lp like 'Lady', 'Livin' Alone', 'Lose Myself With You' and a killer cover of 'Superstition', the other trax are pretty weak compositionally, and the vocals are lacking in more than one or two places. 'I`m So Proud' is a surprisingly pretty track that Jeff plays some georgeous leads on, but I wonder if it really belongs here. The remaining tunes are throwaways, IMHO. I have the Japanese-only released double live LP, and it`s a much better representation of what these guys were truely capable of - seek it out, you`ll love it."
Beck's Power Trio Grows On You
Todd and In Charge | Miami, FL | 02/08/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having had this in my car's rotation for the last few weeks, I've come to enjoy the power trio format Beck presented here, even though there are a few weak tracks along the way.
The opener, "Black Cat Moan," is a heavy blues rocker of the kind you used to hear a lot in the early 70s.
The rather forgettable "Lady" follows, and then a slow ballad "Oh to Love You."
The album really kicks in with a scorching version of "Superstition," which has Beck crunchifying the riff and beating it into holy oblivion. The album is worth getting for this track alone.
"Sweet Sweet Surrender" is another ballad, with nice harmonies, and "Why Should I Care" features some active bass by Bogert.
The next two tracks are again a bit weak, but the record ends strong with a fine uptempo version of "I'm So Proud," (famously covered by Todd Rundgren as well in A Wizard A True Star).
On balance I wished these guys continued for a bit longer, the power trio format was working and although the vocals are not tremendous and there a few clunkers, the record and musicianship stands up to repeated listens.