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Jeff Beck’s solo debut is one of the great all-star gatherings in rock history. Though Beck’s was the only name to appear on the cover, Truth features Jimmy Page (12-string guitar on “Beck’s Bolero”), Keith Moon (drums on “Beck’s Bolero”), and John Paul Jones (bass on “Beck’s Bolero” and organ on various tracks). Also on hand are pianist Nicky Hopkins, and two future Faces, Ronnie Wood (on bass) and Rod Stewart. Stewart is undoubtedly the album’s MVP, as he lets loose a lionly howl on the old Chicago blues songs “You Shook Me” and “I Ain’t Superstitious.” Rock historians have called Truth the first heavy-metal album, but the album is actually closer to what Jimi Hendrix was doing at the same time: a blend of sublime groove and heavyweight force. Beck’s reinvention of “Shapes of Things” is aggressive and sexy and stoned at once, while the potent “Morning Dew” is one of the all-time great duets between voice and wah-wah guitar. It all climaxes with “Beck’s Bolero,” a Beck/Page original that is 100 percent godlike guitar majesty.

Customer Reviews

raw and powerful

Crank it up and rock!!...this is not a highly polished studio album and Jeff Becks axe actually gets sick!! too bad it is missing three cuts...Let me love you,Greensleeves and Blues de-luxe.

A defining album for the late '60s

Ok, I may be prejudiced, during the late ‘60s I practically lived at the Fillmore East in the East Village of NYC. The Jeff Beck Group was one of the best heavy rock bands and this album along with Beck-Ola were just a taste of the intense interaction between Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart (And the rest of the band.) Jeff Made his guitar talk and sing and along with Rod’s vocals, they had a synergy that was spectacular.

A Taste Of What Was To Come

As the iTunes review states, this album featured members or future members of The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Stones, and Faces. What other album can say that, and at the same time include Jeff Beck in the picture? These big names aside, the music is simply fantastic. Beck is a master of his craft and ties the whole album together. Rod Stewart is at his best (and least pretentious) here, in my opinion at least. Great stuff.

Biography

Born: June 24, 1944 in Wallington, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While he was as innovative as Jimmy Page, as tasteful as Eric Clapton, and nearly as visionary as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck never achieved the same commercial success as any of those contemporaries, primarily because of the haphazard way he approached his career. After Rod Stewart left the Jeff Beck Group in 1971, Beck never worked with a charismatic lead singer who could have helped sell his music to a wide audience. Furthermore, he was simply too idiosyncratic, moving from heavy metal to jazz fusion...
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