Classic Rock Instrumental Tracks: ‘Beck’s Bolero’ and 5 Other Essentials
Erica Banas // Rock Music Reporter
June 24th, 2020
Lyrics-shmyrics! Who needs words to rock out anyway?! In honor of Jeff Beck’s birthday (June 24), here is a handful of some of our favorite classic rock instrumental tracks.
Jeff Beck – “Beck’s Bolero”
The b-side to Beck's first solo single, "Hi Ho Silver Lining," "Beck's Bolero" features a stacked lineup of musicians including Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, John Paul Jones, and Nicky Hopkins.
Edgar Winter Group – “Frankenstein”
Released in February 1973, "Frankenstein" was the Edgar Winter Group's lone number one hit.
Black Sabbath – “Rat Salad”
"Rat Salad" is featured on Sabbath's classic album 'Paranoid.' (Fun fact: Rat Salad was the name of an up-and-coming band out of California that would eventually become Van Halen.)
Van Halen – “Eruption”
The second track off of Van Halen's self-titled debut, all it took was this epic 1:42 track to signal the arrival of Eddie Van Halen to Guitar God status.
Led Zeppelin – “Moby Dick”
This drum-solo track from the late, great John Bonham only added to the greatness that was 'Led Zeppelin II.'
Rush – “La Villa Strangiato”
"La Villa Strangiato" is the closing track on 1978's 'Hemispheres.' It clocks in at 9:35 and is somehow only the second-longest track on the album behind "Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres," which takes up all of side 1 and is 18:08.