Hear Jeff Beck’s New Live Version of ‘Superstition': Exclusive Premiere
Jeff Beck looks back over his storied career while offering fans a glimpse of the future with his new Live+ album, and Ultimate Classic Rock is proud to present the exclsuive premiere of this set's concert recording of "Superstition."
You can listen to it below:
Although the song is most widely known for Stevie Wonder's hit version, as many fans are aware, Beck was involved in the creation of "Superstition," which took place during a brief collaboration he and Wonder engaged in during the sessions for Wonder's Talking Book LP.
"There was a time when I was pretty bored with my music, and I think somebody at CBS asked me what I wanted to do," Beck explained years later. "I said I loved Stevie’s stuff, so they quietly broke it to him that I was interested in doing something together, and he was really receptive. The original agreement was that he’d write me a song, and in return, I’d play on his album, and that’s where ‘Superstition’ came in."
Unfortunately for Beck, though "Superstition" was originally tabbed for his next album, a series of delays meant put Wonder's version in stores first — and although he ultimately ended up releasing his own recording of the song as a single from the Beck, Bogert & Appice LP, there was no way it could compete with Wonder's definitive take.
Beck was understandably disappointed with the way things turned out, but as you can hear in the new live take above, he remains more than capable of leading his own band through a raucous version of this classic chapter from his past. Earlier this week, Beck also debuted "Tribal," one of two new studio tracks on Live+, which will be released on May 19.
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