With Beck languishing in recovery, rock's history was being rewritten. Jimmy Page took the template Beck had established with his original group and used it as the basis for Led Zeppelin. Beck and company's version of "You Shook Me" laid out a blues based, hard rock sound that was a seminal part of Zeppelin's first few groundbreaking records.
Although Beck and Page had shared guitar duties in the Yardbirds, it was Beck that emerged first as a star. Page, prior to joining the group had spent years as a studio musician, playing anonymously on some of the best records of the era, while Beck joined the Yardbirds following Eric Clapton's departure and became a full fledged pop star. He eventually left to form his own group, putting together one of the premier bands of the late sixties, which abruptly ended with infamous motorcycle mishap.
While Led Zeppelin, The Faces and Humble Pie were carving their own niche, Carmine Appice and Tim Bogart (the rhythm section half of The Vanilla Fudge) waited for beck's recovery to form a new super-group. Unfortunately, it was taking longer than previously thought and they joined forces with singer, harmonica player, Rusty Day, formerly of the Amboy Duke's and guitarist Jimmy McCarty of Mitch Ryder and Buddy Miles fame to form Cactus. By the time Beck healed sufficiently, rock music had changed and he was left without a band.
Between early 1971 and 1972 he released two albums with a newly formed version of The Jeff Beck Group, one that was less hard rocking and more song oriented. Playing a mixture of American styled R&B and jazz laced rock, the albums were generally overlooked, in spite of the band's high level musicianship and song based musicality.
For many Beck fans it was simply a musical layover between his original group and the much anticipated supergroupm Beck Bogart and Appice. Over time, however, this version of the band has gained respect as one Beck's best and most underrated bands. Both Max Middleton (Keyboards) and Cozy Powell (Drums) continued to play with Beck in other variations of the group, in no small part because of their exceptional musicianship.
Thankfully, there's video of the band playing a complete set in a TV studio with excellent sound and image quality, a reminder of just how good this group really was.