Review The album that catapulted John Mayall & Eric Clapton to fame, The Bluebreakers with Eric Clapton, was a special one. Here's the remarkable story of the making Of Truth, their debut album On July 29, 1968, Jeff Beck, along with a kick-around vocalist, a future Rolling Stone, and a drummer with a lot of bash released Truth. Shape of Things opens strongly with a far far better version than the Yardbirds delivered. "Let Me Love … Randy Banner: This was my first foray into Jeff Beck despite years of being a fan of his contemporaries Clapton and Page. That might sound like a bit of hyperbole to the uninitiated, but Loud Hailer, Beck’s 17th studio album, sits comfortably alongside Wired, Truth, Blow by Blow, and Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop. Of course, most of his sidemen were already on their way to being aces: Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Nicky Hopkins, and John Paul Jones, oh my! Jeff Beck, the protean guitarist who first came to prominence as a member of the Yardbirds in the 1960s, should be added to the list. With the release of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, Cream’s Wheels Of Fire, Free’s Tons Of Sobs, the Stones’ Beggars Banquet and The Beatles’ seminal White Album, 1968 was a watershed year for rock music. I was a little disappointed then because I never quite got Beck’s interpretation, but listening back now I really get it, it’s excellent. He is completely at the top of his game and there’s nobody even close. 'Best of Scorpions' by iconic German band Scorpions, holds up the hard rock end of things, but for this review, the Jeff Beck debut solo album 'Truth' gets the cold metal stethoscope of time applied to the lily-white, hairless chest of sixties British rock.. Jeff Beck Truth - MONO vinyl. The funkiness of the instrumental jazz-rock masterpiece, Blow by Blow, just may be his crowning achievement. This is what the Jimi Hendrix Experience would have sounded like with some one who could sing. I was expecting a dusty and musty blues album which belonged in a museum. Despite being the premiere of heavy metal, Jeff Beck's Truth has never quite carried its reputation the way the early albums by Led Zeppelin did, or even Cream's two most popular LPs, mostly as a result of the erratic nature of the guitarist's subsequent work. It introduced the talents of his backing band the Jeff Beck Group, specifically Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, to a larger audience, and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. He is completely at the top of his game and there’s nobody even close. “Morning Dew” is an oft-covered track by folk singer Bonnie Dobson, with this album’s version focusing on Wood’s thumping bass and a subtle wah-wah-laden guitar throughout. I don't really have any problems with how these sound. Widespread acrimony amongst Beck, Stewart, and Wood almost killed any further recordings, but somehow they managed to put their differences aside for another go ala Beck-Ola. Of the bonus tracks I've Been Drinking is the standout - and I cant believe it wasn't on the album proper. Cream, with Eric Clapton, were only a year away from extinction; Jimmy Page was commandeering his own juggernaut; Beck was determined not to be left out of the race. Its attributes weren't all new -- Cream and Jimi Hendrix had been moving in similar directions -- but the combination was: the wailing, heart-stoppingly dramatic vocalising by Rod Stewart, the thunderous rhythm section of Ron Wood's bass and Mickey Waller's drums, and Beck's blistering lead guitar, which sounds like his amp is turned up to 13 and ready to short out." There ain't nothing more fluid than, Jeff Beck. In 1968 Beck recorded another Most selection, an instrumental version of the ballad Love Is Blue. I got Fuzzy guitars, loud vocals (why can't Rod do more of this? After leaving The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck introduced his backing unit The Jeff Beck Group with their debut album “Truth” released on August 1968. I only wish Hendrix had been there! Verified Purchase. Edit Release All Versions of this Release New Submission . A true versatile virtuoso. Despite being the premiere of heavy metal, Jeff Beck’s Truth has never quite carried its reputation the way the early albums by Led Zeppelin did, or even Cream’s two most popular LPs, mostly as a result of the erratic nature of the guitarist’s subsequent work. The next two songs are exemplars of 'classic ' blues rock You Shook Me hones a little too close to the formulaic blues template to be truly interesting to a heavy rock audience, but it's a cracking version none the less. By the way, who’s the fellow on guitar?’” Beck grimaced later. Required fields are marked *. Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 Next > Monkees Fan Active Member Thread Starter. Find thousands jazz reviews at All About Jazz! The album commences with an interesting hard rock remake of The Yardbirds’ 1966 hit “Shapes of Things”. Released in 1968, Jeff Beck’s solo debut Truth is a mess of an album. Yannis Fenderias-dWTW5's review of Fender Signature Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar By Yannis Fenderias-dWTW5 , November 10, 2005 Sound Quality In fact it turned Jeff into a Top Of The Pops insta-celeb. Here, the drums of Micky Waller really stand out throughout as the song features deliberate sections including a unique, the mid-section jam. Jeff Beck's "Truth" was no exception. Beck is joined by vocalist Rod Stewart and rhythm guitarist Ronnie Wood. Both are in fine form here. Complete your Jeff Beck collection. With Beck having established himself as a guitar player of the first degree on a quartet of bold and wickedly wonderful Yardbirds albums in 1965 and 1966 (For Your Love, Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds, The Yardbirds [Roger The Engineer] and Over Under Sideways Down), producer/manager Mickie Most, thinking to capitalise on the guitarist’s visibility, conceived the notion of turning Beck into a pop crooner. Jeff Beck, the protean guitarist who first came to prominence as a member of the Yardbirds in the 1960s, should be added to the list. “Ol’ Man River” is a composition which dates back to the 1920s, with this version showcasing Stewart’s vocals better than any other track n the album, while “Greensleeves” has roots back to the 1500s. By the time he was assembling the band for Truth (only later dubbed ‘The Jeff Beck Group’) he … Logically, these two albums should not be together, one is essentially proto metal blues, one jazz fusion. But by now he’d had enough. Jeff Beck: Truth & Beck-Ola album review by David Adler, published on March 1, 2001. Through 1963 and 1964 he played in several groups around London, including the Rumbles and the Tridents, while also scoring some gigs as a studio session player. John Davidson: Wow. The slower, heavier sound was what we were craving and it was guitars, guitars and more guitars all the way through. Jeff Beck: Truth / Beck-Ola (Cass, Comp) Epic: EGT 33779: US: Unknown: Sell This Version: Recommendations Reviews Add Review [r6762866] Release. In particular, the vocal/guitar call-and-response episodes on Let Me Love You and Rock My Plimsoul predate Led Zeppelin’s The Lemon Song by more than a year." Let Me Love You Not only was I blown away by Beck's exemplary skill on the guitar, but disappointed at how undeservedly overshadowed he seems to be in comparison to his former Yardbirds alumni. BA1 1UA. The future only got brighter for both of them. Jeff Beck's debut solo LP was always going to be a barnstormer - and with a band featuring talent like Rod Stewart on the microphone and Ronnie Wood on second guitar - plus contributions from friends like Jimmy Page, Nicky Hopkins, Aynsley Dunbar and Keith Moon - that's what 1968's "Truth" gives you – a … Jeff Beck - Truth - Review ← 127: 129 → Despite being the premiere of heavy metal, Jeff Beck's Truth has never quite carried its reputation the way the early albums by Led Zeppelin did, or even Cream's two most popular LPs, mostly as a result of the erratic nature of the guitarist's subsequent work. Beck's guitar just rocks, and the rest of the band provide a very solid rhythm & blues backing. By 1968, Jeff Beck had become a major pioneering force on the electric guitar, following Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds, before clocking up two pop hits with Tallyman and Hi-Ho Silver Lining. X. You will receive a verification email shortly. This album, of unique interpretations of diverse covers, introduced the talents of future superstar Rod Stewart on lead vocals as well as bassist Ronnie Wood, pianist Nicky Hopkins and the combo future Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page.
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