Released in 1976, Jeff Beck's "Wired" contains some of the best jazz-rock fusion of the period. "Wired" is generally more muscular, albeit less-unique than its predecessor, "Blow by Blow". Joining keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Richard Bailey, and producer George Martin from the "Blow by Blow" sessions are drummer Narada Michael Walden, bassist Wilbur Bascomb, and keyboardist Jan Hammer. Beck contributed no original material to "Wired", instead relying on the considerable talents of his supporting cast. Perhaps this explains why "Wired" is not as cohesive as "Blow by Blow", seemingly more assembled from component parts.
Within a two-year span, the twin towers "Blow by Blow" and "Wired" set a standard for instrumental rock that even Beck has found difficult to match. On "Wired", with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock's most compelling guitarists is in top form.