Watch Jeff Beck Play a Stripped-Down Version of “A Day in the Life”

July 6th, 2017

By Damian Fanelli | Photo: Simone Joyner/Getty Images

Below, check out a video that recently made its way to the interwebs. It shows Jeff Beck and London-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier performing Beck’s well-known instrumental version of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” in front of a small TV-studio audience.

The video is special, if not unusual, because Beck normally performs “A Day in the Life” with a full band. In fact, his Grammy-winning 1998 studio version of the track, which was produced by Beatles producer George Martin, features a full orchestra, which Beck alludes to at the beginning of the video. The clip also shows Beck’s right-hand tremolo work up close, which is a rare treat.

If you like what you hear, live versions of “A Day in the Life” are available on all of Beck’s recent live albums; that said, the version on 2008’s Live at Ronnie Scott’s (CD/DVD) is particularly moving. You can hear it at the bottom of this story.