Session with Jeff Beck

Circa 1994 • For Paul McCartney
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

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In 1994, Jeff Beck recorded an environmental message which was included in a 13-part US radio series presented and created by Paul McCartney called Oobu Joobu. The show gave a unique insight into Paul’s world, featuring rehearsals, demos, unreleased recordings, conversations and cameos from many of Paul’s friends, and highlighted campaigns close to Paul’s heart such as vegetarianism.

This previously unreleased and never-before-heard piece of music by Jeff and Paul features Jeff’s spoken message about the dangers of animal agriculture. It highlights the damage caused by deforestation to create more land for cattle grazing, as well as some of the harmful knock-on effects from this.

From Jeff Beck, 1994 – ‘Why are they cutting down the rainforest?’ – YouTube

Hello, this is Jeff Beck. Why are they cutting down the rainforest? Grazing. What worries me is what else we are killing besides the cows. Nearly a quarter of all medications and pharmaceuticals that we use today are derived from tropical plants. Seventy percent of the plants identified as having anti-cancer agents come from rainforest. And yet because we want more and more grazing land for cattle, we are ripping up the rainforests, uncaring or oblivious to the fact that these forests may and possibly do contain plants that can provide a cure for leukemia or heart disease, maybe even a cure for AIDS, who knows. But it doesn’t make much sense to me to risk losing the possible discovery of a miracle cure just for a dollar fifty hamburger. Thanks for listening.

Jeff Beck
Paul McCartney – From Paul McCartney on Twitter, January 30, 2023

With the sad passing of Jeff Beck, a good friend of mine, and a great great guitar player, it reminded me of the time we worked together many years ago on a campaign for vegetarianism… And it’s great guitar playing, because it’s Jeff. So if you like to hear it, to hear what we did, and the messages of the campaign, go to this link…

Paul McCartney – From Paul McCartney on Twitter, January 30, 2023
From Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) / Twitter – January 12, 2023
From Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) / Twitter – January 12, 2023

The exact same spoken word recording by Jeff Beck was included on the first episode of Oobu Joobu, but had a classical guitar rendition of “Greensleeves” as a backdrop instead of the newly unearthed music.

Last updated on February 5, 2023

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Jeff Beck:
Vocals, Guitar

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