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TRUTH

Jeff Beck

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.27 | 59 ratings

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Shakespeare
2 stars Truth is Jeff Beck's debut album. It isn't overly progressive - I assume that side of him developed later in his career. It's a good blues/rock album with some ups and downs.

Rush's version of Shapes of Things from the Feedback EP is actually much different, I find. It's a Jeff Beck classic. Or rather - a Blues classic. This album is quite dynamic. Particularly on Let Me Love You, the whole band quiets down. Unfortunately the sound quality (especially on drums) is not fantastic - but of course this is 1968, that is to be expected. Morning Dew has some nice percussion, and is a strong vocal song. I sometimes get annoyed by Rod Stewart's voice (I thought it was Jeff singing for a while), but here it works rather well. Ol' Man River is also an interesting form of blues: it has tympani throughout the song, and it's a bit slower than the other songs. It's also another dynamic song. The majority of the songs on this album are typical bluesy (sometimes rocky) songs with good feel and interesting guitar work. Greensleeves is an exception: it's Jeff's version of the classic English ballad (once again, I made a mistake. I was under the impression this was composed by Mozart, but it clearly is not, as I now know). Jeff's take on it is very beautiful and creates a nice, captivating mood. The album picks up again after the with Rock My Plimsoul, and then the fantastic Beck's Bolero. This is possibly the best track on the album; it's very diverse and has fantastic guitar work.

The seven minute Blues De Luxe has progressive elements, and great solos. The crowd cheering is interesting on a studio song. The album closes with another standard bluesy song, I Ain't Superstitious. Overall, it's a good album, but to those who aren't big blues fans, this will seem somewhat tedious. And, unfortunately, the album isn't very diverse in styles.

Shakespeare | 2/5 |

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