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Jeff Beck Blends Classical With Rock on April 13th Album "Emotion & Commotion"

January 19, 2010 12:00 AM ET

Two months after Jeff Beck performs at Madison Square Garden along with Eric Clapton, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist will release his solo album Emotion & Commotion, his first studio LP in seven years. April 13th's Emotion will boast both originals and covers, including renditions of Jeff Buckley's "Corpus Christi Carol," The Wizard of Oz's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell On You," featuring Joss Stone on vocals.

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Emotion also finds Beck teaming with a 64-piece orchestra for a handful of tracks, like Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 5," the Atonement score's "Elegy for Dunkirk" and Puccini's "Nessun Dorma." "It turned out amazingly well, but I didn't want to commit to an entire album of classical music," Beck said. "What appealed to me instead was the idea of bringing together these seemingly contradictory sounds on different kinds of nonclassical music."

Joss Stone will also appear on the track "There's No Other Me." The original rock compositions on Emotion & Commotion include the wah wah pedal-heavy opener "Hammerhead" and the airy "Never Alone." Frequent collaborators drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Tal Wilkenfield and keyboardist Jason Rebello join Beck on the disc, which was produced by Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn.

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As Rolling Stone previously reported, Beck and Clapton will team up for a trio of North American shows — in Toronto, Montreal and New York — before Beck embarks on his own solo tour, which will feature a stop at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on May 1st. For more on Clapton and Beck, check out the current issue of Rolling Stone.

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Jeff Beck Opens Up About Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gigs With Clapton, Jeff Beck Group Reunion
Jeff Beck's Road to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Mick Jagger Joins U2, Metallica, Aretha Franklin at the Rock Hall's Epic 25th Anniversary Bash

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