Box introduces previously unreleased live performances from Japan 1973 and London 1974

Before his death in January, legendary guitarist Jeff Beck revisited concert recordings made by Beck, Bogert & Appice, the power trio he formed in 1972 with drummer/singer Carmine Appice and bassist/singer Tim Bogert. The live music captures the band at the beginning and end of its short-but-influential partnership, with two shows in Japan in 1973 and one of the group’s final performances in London a year later.

In honor of what would have been Beck’s 79th birthday this Saturday, ATCO/Rhino announces the upcoming release of the new BBA boxed set, Live in Japan 1973, Live in London 1974. The collection will be available on September 15th on 4 CDs and 4 LPs. Also, a purple vinyl version will be released the same da. Additionally, the music will be available from digital and streaming services. The 1974 live version of “Superstition” recorded in London is available now digitally.

All three band members were involved in creating the box set with the collection dedicated to Beck and Bogert, who died in 2023 and 2021, respectively. The set includes an expansive booklet with extended liner notes detailing the group’s history by music journalist/manager Bruce Pilato, along with memorabilia, archival photos, and a replica poster.

Beck and Appice mixed all the concerts in this set from the original multi-tracks that had been in Beck’s archive for almost 50 years, thus knocking the many bootleg quality releases, that Beck hated, out of the park. The two performances at Koseinenkin Hall in Osaka, Japan (recorded May 18 and 19, 1973) were released exclusively in Japan a few months after the shows, but never in the U.S. The complete concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England (recorded January 26, 1974) has never been released anywhere.

In a 1972 interview, Beck said seeing Vanilla Fudge live impressed him. “I saw the Fudge’s potential as a group, but I didn’t see anything in common with my playing. It’s just when they were jamming, I found that Carmine had some other things going aside from the Fudge stuff, and Tim did as well. Tim is a Martian-type bass player. He plays like a Martian from Motown!”

Live in Japan 1973 was recorded only a few weeks after Beck, Bogert & Appice’s self-titled debut came out. The music ripples with raw energy as the group delivers exhilarating live versions of nearly every song on the album, including “Superstition,” “Lady,” and “Livin’ Alone.” The trio also played songs by the Yardbirds (“Jeff’s Boogie”) and the Jeff Beck Group (“Morning Dew” and “Going Down.”)

After the band’s 1973 tour supporting its debut, Bogert told the British music press that some fans weren’t prepared for BBA’s high-energy approach. “We surprised a lot of people who were expecting laid-back music…Mainly we appeal to people who like loud, raunchy, good-time music. We’re a raunchy band and we aim to get people turned on.”

The concert on Live in London 1974 was recorded eight months after the shows in Japan and right before the trio disbanded. The performance introduces several songs the group planned to record for BBA’s never-completed second studio album, including “Satisfied,” “Jizz Wizz,” and “Solid Lifter.”

Half a century after the trio formed, Appice says the experience was over too soon. “It was artistically fulfilling at the time, but it was too quick…the fact that we got to play together was great. Jeff, Tim and I did play great together, but before we knew it, it had ended.”

CD 1: Live in Japan 1973

  1. Superstition
  2. Lose Myself With You
  3. Jeff’s Boogie
  4. Going Down
  5. Boogie
  6. Morning Dew

CD 2: Live in Japan 1973

  1. Sweet Sweet Surrender
  2. Livin’ Alone
  3. I’m So Proud
  4. Lady
  5. Black Cat Moan
  6. Why Should I Care
  7. Plynth/Shotgun (Medley)

CD 3: Live in London 1974

  1. Satisfied
  2. Livin’ ALone
  3. Laughing Lady
  4. Lady
  5. Solid Lifter
  6. Jizz Wizz

CD 4: Live in London 1974

  1. Name the Missing Word (Prayin’)
  2. (Get Ready) Your Lovemaker’s Coming Home
  3. Superstition
  4. Blues De Luxe/You Shook Me
  5. (Rainbow) Boogie