Truth

Truth

by Jeff Beck

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Overview

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. 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 followed. Truth was almost as groundbreaking and influential a record as the first Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Who albums. 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 vocalizing 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. Beck opens the proceedings in a strikingly bold manner, using his old Yardbirds hit "Shapes of Things" as a jumping-off point, deliberately rebuilding the song from the ground up so it sounds closer to Howlin' Wolf. There are lots of unexpected moments on this record: a bone-pounding version of Willie Dixon's "You Shook Me"; a version of Jerome Kern's "Ol' Man River" done as a slow electric blues; a brief plunge into folk territory with a solo acoustic guitar version of "Greensleeves" (which was intended as filler but audiences loved); the progressive blues of "Beck's Bolero"; the extended live "Blues Deluxe"; and "I Ain't Superstitious," a blazing reworking of another Willie Dixon song. It was a triumph -- a number 15 album in America, astoundingly good for a band that had been utterly unknown in the U.S. just six months earlier -- and a very improbable success.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771531018
catalogNumber: 5310
Rank: 34020

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Beck   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Page   12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Rod Stewart   Vocals
Ronnie Wood   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
John Carter   Background Vocals
Madeline Bell   Background Vocals
Nicky Hopkins   Piano,Keyboards
Keith Moon   Drums,Timpani
John Paul Jones   Organ,Bass,Bass Guitar,Hammond Organ
Aynsley Dunbar   Drums
Clem Cattini   Drums
J.P. Jones   Hammond Organ,Timpani
Mickey Waller   Drums
Ken Lewis   Background Vocals
Ken Lewis   Background Vocals
Mysterious Scottish Bloke   Bagpipes

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Jeff Beck   Arranger,Liner Notes
Ken Scott   Engineer
John Paul Jones   String Arrangements
Jim McCarty   Composer
Chris Dreja   Composer
Mickie Most   Producer
Keith Relf   Composer
Johnny Rod   Composer
Paul Samwell-Smith   Composer
Dave Siddle   Engineer
Hugh Gilmour   Reissue Design
Charles Shaar Murray   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes
Jeffrey Rod   Arranger,Composer
J. Rod   Composer

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