Shape of Things opens strongly with a far far better version than the Yardbirds delivered. Visit our corporate site. Beck broke new sonic grounds with the LP and it’s still widely considered as one of the most influential albums from the ’60s. Blues Deluxe is exactly what it suggests it will be: straight blues with a few bells on but for my money goes on a bit long. Every week, Album of the Week Club listens to and discusses the album in question, votes on how good it is, and publishes our findings, with the aim of giving people reliable reviews and the wider rock community the chance to contribute. Jeff Beck - Truth (1968) - Audio Fidelity 'AFZ 269' SACD (2017)Limited Edition No.1172, New Sealed Ships USPS Priority in a sturdy mailer box.Thanks for looking. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised. “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. By 1968, Jeff Beck had become a major pioneering force on the electric guitar, following Clapton in the Yardbirds, before clocking up two pop hits with Tallyman and Hi-Ho Silver Lining. His control of the guitar is at times beautiful and sublime. Album review of Truth by The Jeff Beck Group. 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 of JBs finest efforts, packaged and priced to go. Blues De Luxe This long-awaited 24-bit digitally remastered version of 'Truth' is released with 8 bonus tracks. With Beck's career spanning 50+ years, as always, my question is, "What should I listen to next?". 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 staggering start. The history of rock, one album at a time. Beck's guitar just rocks, and the rest of the band provide a very solid rhythm & blues backing. “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. This happy-go-lucky version finds Beck, Jones and Hopkins all competing for lead instrumentation during its short duration, in contrast to a more extended Zeppelin cover recorded later in 1968. With Ronnie Wood on bass, Rod Stewart on vocals and guests like Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Keith Moon popping up for guest spots on Beck’s Bolero, it was an album that not only helped establish the British blues rock sound, but featured many of its best exponents. Audacious and experimental, it smashes genre conventions at every turn. I can’t listen to this album on CD or streaming without hearing the cracklings in between the songs when I used to listen to it. Time has muted some of its daring, radical nature, elements of which were appropriated by practically every metal band (and most arena rock bands) that … No drop in the volume of my stereo sound after playing White Rabbit (The Damneds version). Here, the drums of Micky Waller really stand out throughout as the song features deliberate sections including a unique, the mid-section jam. Part of Classic Rock Review’s celebration of the 45th anniversary of 1968 albums. This is Stewart in blues belter mode, all piss and vinegar, sounding like a raspy, wearier Sam Cooke on Morning Dew and You Shook Me. He is completely at the top of his game and there’s nobody even close. “Truth” became a seminal record, predating heavy metal. Great album to start with. Beck has his own distinctive style.Love his work and he still looks like the old Mod from yesteryear "Shapes of Things" Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith 3:22 2. File under: best dang Jeff Beck on the planet. In 1968 Beck recorded another Most selection, an instrumental version of the ballad Love Is Blue. The original Jeff Beck Group broke up after its second album, 1969’s Beck-Ola, which annotator Charles Shaar Murray notes was “just before hard rock became heavy metal.” The beginning of the ’70s started with a completely new JBG lineup, featuring drummer Cozy Powell, keyboardist Max Middleton, and singer/guitarist Bob Tench. 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. (Kooper also speaks to his disappointment in hearing the group … 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! With Beck having established himself as a guitar player of the first degree on a quartet of bold and wickedly wonderful Ya… Not only does it show off Jeff Beck's talents, it reminds us why Rod Stewart became famous in the first place. While Beck has never been one of my favourite guitarists I think he is the best electric player there has ever been. Brian Anderson: I bought this album in the 80s purely for the Greensleeves cover. © “Blues De Luxe” is an extended, half jocular original complete with canned studio applause and an impressive, extended piano lead by Hopkins. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. In the late 60s, Yardbirds alumnus Jeff Beck formed The Jeff Beck Group. It hipped the U.S. to two good blues interpreters, held a fresh approach to the blues, and was performed by good musicians all around. Kooper reviewed the Jeff Beck album for Rolling Stone in September, 1968, before the release of Led Zeppelin 1 and compares it to the work of The Yardbirds, The Cream and Hendrix. But the Jeff Beck Group burned bright and brief; the lineup of Beck, Stewart, Wood, drummer Micky Waller, and pianist Nicky Hopkins lasting only two albums: Truth and Beck-Ola. "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. He is completely at the top of his game and there’s nobody even close. I still wish they would have recorded a few songs recently, to see them come full circle 51 years later. But the Jeff Beck Group burned bright and brief; the lineup of Beck, Stewart, Wood, drummer Micky Waller, and pianist Nicky Hopkins lasting only two albums: Truth and Beck-Ola. Further, the choice to focus on hard-edged, guitar-centric, blues-based rock on this debut album pivoted from Beck’s previous solo output which focused on pop-based singles. Beck's clearly got bags of talent as a player, but given his most celebrated song is Hi-Ho Silver Lining I don't think it is unfair to say that his songwriting is distinctly second-rate compared to the likes of Jimmy Page or even Eric Clapton. He is completely at the top of his game and there’s nobody even close. Great to hear early music and vocals by some great players. Thank you for signing up to Classic Rock. In The Court of The Wenton King reviews Truth By Jeff Beck 1. Beck was present for The Yardbirds commercial peak, including several successful singles and the albums For Your Love in 1965 and the untitled album which became known as “Roger the Engineer” in 1966. Written by John Metzger. Shapes Of Things is outstanding. Released in 1968, Jeff Beck’s solo debut Truth is a mess of an album. He can turn his hand to anything and be brilliant at it, he is a real joy to watch live no matter what style he adopts. Oh to be a Perfectionist! By the way, who’s the fellow on guitar?’” Beck grimaced later. By the time he was assembling the band for Truth (only later dubbed ‘The Jeff Beck Group’) he determined to make an album for himself. Regrettably Jeff has not consented to work with any author on a concise biography. Rod Stewart’s vocal;s were incredible on that classic album as well. I’ve still got those words ringing in my ears.”. 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. 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. Famed session pianist Nicky Hopkins was added I think the album will grow on me some more. All but forgetting that Beck was first and foremost an instrumentalist, Most shackled him with a series of less-than-guitar-focused songs. This alums shows a glimpse of why, but at the same time (for me) underlines the weaknesses of that comparison. 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. (And thank… Will play album again, tomorrow. 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. Britain was a fertile stomping ground for players seeking like-minded musicians. Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow (1975) album credits & user reviews at ProgArchives.com; Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow (1975) album to be listened as stream on Spotify This page was last edited on 9 June 2020, at 19:39 (UTC). Shapes of Things Reviewed in the United States on 29 July 2012. However, the rest of the album sounds like a jam session to me, which is a shame since it sounds like everyone’s just trying too hard to impress. (AllMusic), "On 1968’s Truth we hear a 23-year-old Rod Stewart wailing the blues, giving Robert Plant a run for his money. Not the case. You will receive a verification email shortly. Ol' Man River is similarly burdened with familiarity and while the addition of timpani and Rod's throaty lyrics add something to the song, it's still a bit 'meh'. Ol' Man River 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. 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. After leaving the Yardbirds as lead guitarist in 1967, Jeff Beck formed the Jeff Beck Group featuring Rod Stewart on vocals and Ron Wood on bass, releasing two albums 'Truth' in 1968 and 'Beck-Ola' in 1969. Please refresh the page and try again. John Davidson: Wow. Edit Release All Versions of this Release New Submission . Even while preparing to record that single, he had already been making moves towards forming his own group, like two other ex-Yardbirds guitarists. Complete your Jeff Beck collection. Truth is the debut studio album by English guitarist Jeff Beck, released in 1968 in the United Kingdom on Columbia Records and in the United States on Epic Records.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. Electric rock was in its infancy, and people were willing to embrace the daring and the different. Join the Album Of The Week Club on Facebook to join in. "Truth" (released in 1968) is the debut and one of the only four albums released by the short lived rock group Jeff Beck Group whose key member is the legendary virtuoso guitarist Jeff Beck. By the time he was assembling the band for Truth (only later dubbed ‘The Jeff Beck Group’) he … Next comes Willie Dixon‘s “You Shook Me”, a song first released by Muddy Waters in 1962. By 1968, Jeff Beck had become a major pioneering force on the electric guitar, following Clapton in the Yardbirds, before clocking up two pop hits with Tallyman and Hi-Ho Silver Lining. 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. Willie Dixon’s You Shook Me and I Ain’t Superstitious are masterfully reinvented, even Broadway hit Ol’ Man River and the Henry VIII-authored Greensleeves are dragged into Beck’s musical vision. "Shapes of Things" Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith 3:22 2. The sound quality of this release blows away every previous analog and digital version of 'Truth' that I've heard. I don't really have any problems with how these sound. Aside from the session for the Page-composed track “Beck’s Bolero” in May 1966, recording sessions for Truth took place over just four days in May 1968 with producer Micky Most. Truth, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and the Jeff Beck Group by Dave Thompson 7 out of 10 Cherry Red Books – ISBN 1-901447-60-X ‘Truth’ by The Jeff Beck Group is said to be one of the most influential rock albums ever produced, and Dave Thompson’s book looks at the evidence, speaks to the involved people, and tries to set forth a case. Beck's Bolero gives us an insight into where so many heavy metal solos came from. The slower, heavier sound was what we were craving and it was guitars, guitars and more guitars all the way through. musings of BB King and other blues masters. After leaving The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck introduced his backing unit The Jeff Beck Group with their debut album “Truth” released on August 1968. 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 . "Shapes of Things" was a great way to start the album because it gave us something we could identify with yet make it clear that that this wasn't pop music. The two formed the Jeff Beck Group with Ronnie Wood on bass and Micky Waller on drums, and made the album Truth in 1968, a certifiable classic. Rock My Plimsoul 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. You Shook Me Logically, these two albums should not be together, one is essentially proto metal blues, one jazz fusion. Truth peaked at number 15 on the Billboard charts and its influence on future music is immeasurable. What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in excellent musicianship. EW brings you the latest breaking TV news, along with exclusive first looks, recaps, reviews, and interviews with your favorite stars. Today, Jeff Beck is playing some of the best guitar of his life. Jeff Beck: Truth / Beck-Ola (Cass, Comp) Epic: EGT 33779: US: Unknown: Sell This Version: Recommendations Reviews Add Review [r6762866] Release. His career path is filled with the restless spirit of creativity and change, and the August 1968 release of his debut solo album Truth represented a rare thing: the courage to take chances in a time of artistic frustration. 3 stars. Of the bonus tracks I've Been Drinking is the standout - and I cant believe it wasn't on the album proper. There was a problem. Towards the end of the song, Beck’s guitar and Stewart’s vocals do call and response, a technique later borrowed by Page and Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin’s early albums. After The Faces album the other week, I'm needing to seriously reconsider my opinion on Rod Stewart. Your email address will not be published. A 1969 follow-up album called Beck-Ola was recorded and released by much of this same group before the members went on to other musical endeavors. 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. And we hear Beck displaying some of the most sonically radical guitar work of the era. Read and write album reviews for Truth - Jeff Beck on AllMusic "Truth was almost as groundbreaking and influential a record as the first Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Who albums. But you can’t deny the producer’s instincts: Beck’s ditties Hi Ho Silver Lining and Tallyman bounced up the UK chart to No.14 and No.30 respectively in mid-1967. As Zappa said about, Jeff Beck:- "One of my favourite guitar players on the planet. As I type this it's a mildly hungover Sunday morning and this is a pretty much perfect soundtrack for it. Later, a second part is introduced by Moon’s thundering drums leading to section exemplifying the earliest form of heavy metal music. Whomever had the bright idea of packaging these two very different Jeff Beck albums together should be knighted. I've never really understood why Beck is revered and discussed in the same circles as Jimmy Page. This second side opener offers a nice acoustic break to add warmth to the album and further showcase Beck’s diversity as a guitar player. The Jeff Beck Group* - Beck-Ola 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. Really enjoyed it and will be giving it another spin soon. This review is for the Audio Fidelity SACD/CD hybrid (released 12/8/17) mastered by Steve Hoffman. The hauntingly beautiful “Beck’s Bolero” was recorded while Beck and Page were active members of the Yardbirds and it offered a glimpse into rock n roll’s future back in 1966. However, using interviews he has given through the years, Annette Carson has written a very thorough, affectionate portrait of a sometimes complicated genius. I had zero interest in Jeff Beck... but this album is an eye opener. The ten-song album features three blues-based original tracks composed by Beck and Stewart. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, AC/DC engineer Mike Fraser: I swear I could hear Malcolm singing, Black Sabbath’s Vol 4: Super Deluxe Edition to feature 20 unreleased recordings, Eddie Van Halen and Neil Peart feature with Darth Vader in ‘Sgt. Jeff Beck -Truth was the album that really made me sit up and take notice of him. It would have been interesting to see where this band would have ranked among the greats if they could have lasted a few more years. Greensleeves Review The album that catapulted John Mayall & Eric Clapton to fame, The Bluebreakers with Eric Clapton, was a special one. 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. All rights reserved. The album commences with an interesting hard rock remake of The Yardbirds’ 1966 hit “Shapes of Things”. Jacob Tannehill: I used to have this on vinyl. The copies of Truth and Beck-Ola that I have are both Mastered for CD by Chris Herles. Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals New Releases Books Electronics Gift Ideas Today's Deals New Releases Books Electronics Gift Ideas The future only got brighter for both of them. Beck was introduced to R&B by Rolling Stone Ian Stewart in the early 1960s, which set the course of his young music career. But by now he’d had enough. 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. Truth was almost as groundbreaking and influential a record as the first Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Who albums.