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Jeff Beck Recalls Working On Tina Turner’s Private Dancer Album

Jeff Beck got the cover story treatment in December's issue of Classic Rock Magazine after being named "Living Legend" by the mag. Inside the related interview, Beck spent some time talking about some of the session work that he had done over the years and perhaps unsurprisingly, he's not a big fan of doing it unless it's for someone that he likes.

He says that he's done "loads I disliked," but that playing on "Private Dancer" for Tina Turner was "okay."

"I heard her demo and she was grumbling away, singing in the wrong key, but I did it because of 'River Deep, Mountain High.'"

"I played a pink Jackson guitar and she sang 'Private Dancer' once and 'Steel Claw' once and that was it. Christ, that was swift. I added some screeching guitar and she had her biggest album ever."

It's funny, all of the times that I've heard "Private Dancer," somehow I missed that it was Jeff Beck playing the guitar.

What a killer tune still, even today after all of these years!

  • Afro Deesiac

    my fave jeff beck session spot was back when i was a kid and my uncle turned me on to all the jazz fusion guys back in the 70’s.

    jeff beck played on stanley clarke’s “i wanna play for you”, and his guitar on the cut, “jamaican boy”, really made me appreciate the guitar (and the rock guys) who can make other genres come alive.

  • Mike Buck

    Didn’t Mark Knopfler write that song?

  • Matt

    Very cool.

    Gonna have to give that a listen!

    Thanks for dropping by..

  • Matt

    He sure did…I forgot about that!

    Would love to hear Mark’s demo of that….that would have to be interesting :-)

  • Rob

    Knopfler referred to Beck’s solo as the “second ugliest Guitar solo in the world”. Personally, I don’t think it was anywhere as bad as that.

  • Matt

    WOW. That’s some commentary!

  • Rich Manley-Reeve

    Wonder what was the first?

  • Mike Buck

    I love MK and Beck- but in this case, Knopfler may be right. Sounds like Beck just phoned in some random crap off the top of his head. JB at his best is in a class of his own (as is MK), but this ain’t it.

  • Ian

    Lnopfler is a player of limited talent anyway, gauge it simply by lookin at who is still picin up awards and lets not foget the likes of geof,s stuff with stevie wonder ?
    No contest… In my life…

  • Bazzahhh

    sorry never liked this tune. Jeff’s solo is fine but he’s done lotsa better stuff

  • Clark

    I hope the guitar work on Primitive Cool was enjoyable. I have been enjoying it all the years since. Wow, she is having trouble holding the tune on this song.

  • Bernard Madden

    Yeah!!,, when was the last time you heard from Klnopfler,25 + years ago? I rest my case

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    Nice to see that good ‘ole illuminati symbolism all over the video. The delay on JB’s solo sounds pretty killer.