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Jeff Beck Group: Rough and Ready [Epic, 1971]
Both Bob Tench's mannered-frantic vocals and Beck's conventional-maiden compositions are less interesting than their counterparts on Truth and Beck-Ola but perfectly suitable for an ordinary post-Led Zeppelin group with some nice textures and extra technique. Granted, the jazzy Latin touches (this is also a post-Santana group) are an improvement--after all, Beck is a guitarist who once rendered Rod Stewart unlistenable and believed that teaming up with Vanilla Fudge would be, er, cool. C+