BECK Turning DAVID BOWIE’s Classic ‘SOUND AND VISION’ Into A Gigantic Symphony…

13 May 2019

The Cover

Musical centipede BECK covered ‘SOUND AND VISION‘, one of DAVID BOWIE‘s highlights of his groundbreaking electronic 1977 album LOW six years ago in a truly fantastic way, with an 157-piece orchestra on a slowly rotating stage creating an 360 audio version. The massive band was conducted by Beck’s father, the acclaimed arranger David Campbell. It happened at one-off event in Los Angeles on 5 February 2013. Enjoy the grandeur here…

The Original

BECK Shares First Single From New LP – Here’s The Jumpy ‘SAW LIGHTING’…

Brand new sonic impulses

16 April 2019

Musical centipede BECK has already shared two new tracks this year. And here’s another fresh one, called SAW LIGHTING written and produced together with Pharrell Williams.

A press statement says this is officially the first single from Beck‘s upcoming new LP entitled HYPERSPACE. Planned to be out “at an as yet undetermined point in the space
time continuum.”

Listen to ‘Saw Lighting‘ here…

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BECK Released His Debut Album ‘MELLOW GOLD’ Twenty-Five Years Ago…

Great albums from the past…

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1 March 2019

Artist: BECK

Album: MELLOW GOLD – his debut LP

Released: 1 March 1994

ROLLING STONE wrote: “Beck makes ultrasurreal hip-hop-folk that harkens back to “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” His lurching warble, warped by slowed-down effects and distortion, evinces the sort of catatonic cool borne of too many bong tokes and nitrous hits. Beck is very much of his generation — he apparently doesn’t even mind that boomers will confuse him with a certain hallowed British guitar hero… Even the do-it-yourself aspect of the album, which was recorded on 8-track in Beck’s living room, speaks of lowered expectations, and yet there’s a sense of the empowerment derived from that cheap high technology. Beck’s verbal collages get close to the truth of his milieu and our times. Think of it as generational
code or stream-of-unconsciousness. But it’s really called poetry.
” Full review. Score: 3.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: This debut shows the huge potential of a versatile young artist, but Beck‘s best work had yet come. Oh, of course, ‘Loser‘ is a timeless classic…

Album in full…

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BECK: Facebook – All Albums


Winner…

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5 Splendid Albums Turning… 20 In 2019

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

Here come Five Splendid Albums, selected
by Turn Up The Volume turning 20 next year!

1. ‘The Soft Bulletin’ by THE FLAMING LIPS

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2. ‘The Contino Sessions’ by DEATH IN VEGAS

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3. ‘Surrender’ by THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS

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– 4.’Beaucoup Fish’ by UNDERWORLD

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5. ‘Midnight Vultures’ by BECK

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BECK Released His Bluesy Longplayer ‘MUTATIONS’ 20 Years Ago Today…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

3 November 2018

Artist: BECK

Album: MUTATIONS – his third LP

Released: 3 November 1998 – 20 years ago today

ROLLING STONE wrote: “On ‘Mutations’ – recorded in two weeks last spring – Beck stops talking down to his tuneful side. Compared with the funk collage of 1996’s ‘Odelay’ or the raw anti-folk of 1994’s ‘One Foot in the Grave’, this is an album of comfort songs. Assisted by Nigel Godrich (who co-produced Radiohead‘s ‘OK Computer’), Beck finally gives his melodies, some of them, like ‘Cancelled Check’ and ‘Static’ as old as his first demo tapes, the full studio treatment, letting them seep into pellucid Sixties folk-pop arrangements… ‘Mutations’ brims with death, decay and decrepitude. But in its own peculiar way, it’s also his prettiest record to date… Like the blues singer he once wanted to be, he broods, moans and frets – but there’s joy in the music.” Full review here – Score: 4/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: When Beck goes bluesy, country and croony he creates a yearning dreamland where you want to wander around, just on your own, to relax and
to moon. ‘Mutations‘ is a highly fitting soundtrack to alleviate your twilight moments.

Top Tracks: Nobody’s Fault But My Own / We Live Again / Tropicalia / Bottle Of Blues / Static

MUTATIONS in full…

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BECK: Website – Facebook – All Albums


First class musical chameleon

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BECK is Back With Bouncy And Lively ‘COLORS’ – Party Time Again…

Weekly fuel to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…

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After the 2014 gloomy ‘Morning Phase‘ album BECK David Campbell is back with new longplayer COLORS. Just after one spin, it’s obvious to my ears that the flamboyant L.A. born chameleon artist definitely wants to party again. His new, thirteenth, longplayer – released yesterday, Friday the 13th – sounds funky, upbeat and vivacious from start to finish. This gonna be a delightful weekend fueled with a cocktail of ecstatic vibes…

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Back to party…

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