Jeff Beck
Truth


4.0
excellent

Review

by manosg EMERITUS
January 12th, 2023 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An essential piece of hard rock and heavy metal history.

“Jeff Beck is my idol... sometimes he finds notes that I just do not have on my guitar.”
- Ritchie Blackmore

Jeff Beck has been described as adventurous, eclectic, imaginative, and innovative, among other things, and for good reason. The Wallington-born guitarist is one of those exceptional performers who appeal to both casual listeners and seasoned guitarists. From his first years with The Yardbirds to his solo work, he consistently broke down barriers with his technically complex and soulful music.

After leaving The Yardbirds, he made his solo debut with Truth, which is nothing short of a triumph given the timing of its release (a year after Are You Experienced and Disraeli Gears and a year before Led Zeppelin I). It is one of those albums that is regarded as revolutionary in the development of heavy metal. The first track on the album, a heavier version of "Shapes of Things," which Beck first recorded with The Yardbirds, makes it clear that "Truth" is an entirely different animal. The album, primarily made up of covers, strikes that perfect moment when blues music was transitioning into hard rock and heavy metal. Jeff Beck's talent is almost on full display, as he skillfully combines a variety of musical genres via his singular vision, from the blues to classical and medieval music. His performance is thrilling and unpredictable, and he is joined by the equally iconic singer Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood on bass (who would later join The Rolling Stones), and a drummer who had been a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers; an all-star band by today's standards

Last but not least, it is essential to judge Truth as a product of its time, because it could sound somewhat dated today. However, when it was released, it was groundbreaking and helped lay the groundwork for the model that Led Zeppelin developed and perfected. Because of this, Jeff Beck's debut album is a crucial release that is noteworthy for its music and its historical significance.



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manosg
Emeritus
January 12th 2023


12708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just a quick write-up to pay my dues to this legend. RIP.

ChaoticVortex
January 12th 2023


1583 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you manosg. R.I.P. Jeff.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
January 12th 2023


18936 Comments


Rest in peace

pizzamachine
January 12th 2023


27063 Comments


Respect. RIP

Zig
January 12th 2023


2747 Comments


personally, Blow by Blow sounds better.


still a good record. RIP

DinosaurJones
January 12th 2023


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude was a legend right up until the end. RIP Jeff.

Asdfp277
January 13th 2023


24275 Comments


rest in peace

JacobsLadder
January 13th 2023


573 Comments


RIP to one of the greatest.

nol
January 13th 2023


11762 Comments


oh so that’s why Jeff Beck is trending. legend

Get Low
January 13th 2023


14190 Comments


i bet this album sucks

nol
January 13th 2023


11762 Comments


blow by blow thow. that’s that shit

Get Low
January 13th 2023


14190 Comments


it has a 4.2 avg so u must be right

nol
January 13th 2023


11762 Comments


Jeff Beck ain’t no Joe Schmoe, he actually is a legend

sonictheplumber
January 14th 2023


17533 Comments


yikes, blues-influenced rock is cultural appropriation. jeff beck is an abuser and a racist

sonictheplumber
January 14th 2023


17533 Comments


love that scene in casino with i aint superstitious, but it would have been funnier if they got the megadeth version



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