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3.44 | 142 ratings | 9 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Shapes of Things (3:22)
2. Let Me Love You (4:44)
3. Morning Dew (4:40)
4. You Shook Me (2:33)
5. Ol' Man River (4:01)
6. Greensleeves (1:50)
7. Rock My Plimsoul (4:13)
8. Beck's Bolero (2:54)
9. Blues Deluxe (7:33)
10. I Ain't Superstitious (4:53)

Total Time 40:43

Bonus tracks on 2005 remaster:
11. I've Been Drinking (stereo mix) (3:25)
12. You Shook Me (take 1) (2:31)
13. Rock My Plimsoul (stereo mix) (3:42)
14. (Beck's) Bolero (mono single version with backwards guitar) (3:11)
15. Blues De Luxe (take 1) (previously unreleased) (7:31)
16. Tallyman (2:46)
17. Love Is Blue (2:57)
18. Hi Ho Silver Lining (stereo mix) (3:46)

Line-up / Musicians

- Jeff Beck / electric, acoustic (6) & pedal steel (1) guitars, bass (5), lead vocals (16,18), arrangements

- Rod Stewart / lead vocals, co-arranger (6)
- Jimmy Page / 12-string electric guitar (5,8,14)
- John Paul Jones / Hammond (4,5,12), bass (8,14,18), string arrangements (18)
- Nicky Hopkins / piano (3,4,8,9,11,14,15)
- Ron Wood / bass
- Micky Waller / drums, tambourine (2)
- Keith Moon / drums (8,14), timpani (5)
- Aynsley Dunbar / drums (13,16)
- Clem Cattini / drums (18)
- Madeline Bell / backing vocals (11)
- John Carter / backing vocals (16)
- Ken Lewis / backing vocals (16)
- ??? / bagpipes (3)
- ??? / orchestra (17)

Releases information

Artwork: Stephen Goldblatt (photo)

LP Columbia ‎- SCX 6293 (1968, UK)
LP EMI ‎- SCXX 6293 (2013, Europe)

CD Capitol Records ‎- TOCP-6317 (1990, Japan)
CD Epic ‎- EK 66085 (2000, US) Remastered (?)
CD EMI ‎- 873 7492 (2005, Europe) Remastered by Peter Mew with 8 bonus tracks

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
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Review by Chicapah
3 stars In the late 60s most of us fledgling rock and roll guitarists had come to the conclusion that the Holy Trinity of the Fretboards lived in England and had evolved from the Yardbirds. There was God, Eric Clapton (of course); the Son, Jeff Beck; and the Holy Ghost, Jimmy Page. (Despite having experienced Jimi Hendrix we still didn't know what galaxy he was from). We devotedly devoured every riff that we could get our hands on and prayed for more. By the end of 1968 God had seen fit to bestow us with three fantastic albums from Cream, the Ghost was finishing up his stint with the 'Birds (while developing Led Zeppelin) and the Son was unleashing his solo project upon the masses. One thing that all three titans had in common was a deep-seated love for "da blues" and every one of their band's debut LPs were dipped heavily in that genre, moving in a more progressive rock direction later on. Jeff Beck's "Truth" was no exception.

"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 slower, heavier sound was what we were craving and it was guitars, guitars and more guitars all the way through. The unknown Rod Stewart was nothing short of a revelation because no one else sounded like he did at the time with that unique rasp that made him sound like he'd been singing in smoky bars for the previous 20 years. "Let Me Love You" is a rocking blues number in which Jeff oozes a guttural guitar tone that sounds like it crawled out of a swamp. "Morning Dew" is more in the prog direction but it suffers from a very loosely performed track by the band. However, Beck's wild wah- wah display goes a long way in saving the song from becoming a total disappointment. On the back of the album cover Jeff offered a few choice words for every cut. For the next tune, Willie Dixon's "You Shook Me," he claimed it's "probably the rudest sounds ever recorded." That's debatable but honestly descriptive. It's obvious that Beck wasn't interested in generating clean, precise notes from his instrument and his intense playing on this number made his every admirer's hair stand on end. As Jeff noted, "the last note of the song is my guitar being sick. Well, so would you be if I smashed your guts for 2:28." That's exactly the rebellious attitude we had been hoping for.

"Old Man River" is a curious inclusion but it serves well as a respite from the blues parade. Most likely a showcase for Stewart's expressive vocal, the booming timpani gives it a feeling of grandeur instead of Broadway camp. Just in case we thought Beck could only play hard and loud, a very short acoustic rendition of "Greensleeves" is injected for sensitivity purposes. "Rock My Plimsoul" is another traditional blues progression but drummer Mick Waller does play around with the beat, adding some interesting accents. Jeff shows that he's not necessarily a stickler for authentic blues guitar techniques because what he does here is definitely a portent of unorthodox things to come. The call and answer segment between him and Rod near the end is excellent. "Beck's Bolero," with Jimmy Page credited as ghostwriter (sorry, I couldn't resist the pun) is as far from the blues as you can get as Beck puts on a virtual guitar clinic. Guest Keith Moon's drums fit the bombastic mood perfectly. The live "Blues De Luxe" follows and it is nothing more than slow blues but that doesn't keep it from being spectacular. Nicky Hopkins' piano ride (especially when he tickles the upper ivories) is one of the best you'll ever hear and Ron Wood's bass work rivals Jack Bruce as far as expertly filling in the holes. They saved the best for last, though, with a seminal version of Dixon's "I Ain't Superstitious" that provided a lot of clues as to where Jeff's music was headed. While Clapton and Hendrix had mostly used the wah-wah to accent the beat, Beck treats it as a tone modifier, allowing him to express feeling and emotions much like a vocalist. As he commented candidly, the song is "more or less an excuse for being flash on guitar." (Hey, if you walk the walk you can talk the talk.) The group was able to capture a very "live" atmosphere in the studio for this one, complete with a big, noisy concert ending from Waller. Play this tune at high volume for best results.

I've often wondered why this band didn't become as wildly popular as Led Zeppelin would just a year or so later when they were both playing basically the same bluesy style. Part of the answer lies in the fact that Mickie Most's production left a lot to be desired and, therefore, the album isn't as consistent as it should have been sound- wise. (Listen to the out-of-proportion guitar lines that barge in and out of "Old Man River" for proof.) Also, Led Zep would incorporate more of a rock feel to their music and that appealed to a broader spectrum of listeners. Nevertheless, "Truth" still stands tall as a landmark in the evolution of progressive electric guitar stylings. It was here that Jeff Beck showed us all that the sky was the limit when it came right down to it. 3.4 stars and a must have for guitar historians.

Review by Sean Trane
3 stars After his leaving the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck (easily the best of the three legendary guitarists to have played in the group) formed his own unit that appeared as a supergroup, with Smallfaces' Ron Wood on bass, Steampacket's Rod Stewart, Mayall's Aynsley Dunbar on drums and of course himself on guitar. Although the awesome Dunbar would depart soon, replaced by Micky Waller, the group achieved incredible success with a stupendous blues-rock album that is still a reference nowadays. NB: the original plan was for Beck to get together with Vanilla Fudge's bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, but although they talked of it many times and Beck's bad traffic accident, it wouldn't happen until 74.

What can be said about this most definitive power blues-rock album, that hasn't been said 1000 times before? Everyone knows this album was the very reason why Page created Zeppelin and even covered the Willie Dixon tune You Shook Me (prefer the present version). Although beck was a gifted musician, character-wise the man was difficult and probably driven by a solid ego, as can be seen with the good but overdone Beck's Bolero. . Elsewhere the old Yardbirds tune Shapes Of Things is excellent (one might even say that the Yardbirds under Beck's tenure were proto-progressive) and Greensleeves is simply delightful. Morning Dew and Blues Deluxe being my highlights of this album.

While this kind of album is easily recommendable to almost anybody that likes quality music; it really isn't addressed to those that look at the progressive side of music, even if the album was a bit of a groundbreaker back then.

Review by Guillermo
3 stars I listened to this album for the first time in late 1992 in a EMI British CD which also included the "Beck- ola" album. Jeff Beck`s first album is really not very Progressive. I think that at the time the "British Blues Boom" was still very popular, and this album has a mixture of that British Blues style and some Rock Pop influences. The first track, "Shapes of Things", is a song originally recorded by THE YARDBIRDS years before, here arranged again by Jeff Beck and his band collaborators. The most closer to Prog Rock tracks, in my opinion, are "Beck`s Bolero", recorded with a star line-up which included Keith Moon, Jimi Page and John Paul Jones, and a version of "Greenslevees". Among the Blues-Pop songs there are "Morning Dew", "You Shook Me", "Old Man River" and "I Ain't Superstitious" . I think that the producer of this album and Beck himself were still trying to find the right style for him, so this first album and the second are still in this search. He became more Prog influenced in his albums which he recorded in the mid-seventies.

From the Bonus Tracks, I only have listened to "Love is Blue", a song which I have in an old LP (made in my country) which is a compilation of Hit Parade songs from the sixties called "Las que Llegaron al Hit Parade" which I think it was specially released by Capitol /EMI in 1969 as ordered by an old (and still in existence!) AM Radio station in my city. "Love is Blue" is a cover from a successful song originally recorded in the same year (1968) by French Easy-Listening musician Paul Mauriat and by other musicians in different countries (in Mexico it was recorded by a "duet on pianos plus orchestra" called "Los Pianos Barrocos", if I remember well). Despite being a British Hit for Beck, he didn`t like the song. Well, I think that the song is very Easy Listening in style and in arrangements, but the simple melody of the song was played by Beck in a very good Rock style, with him using different sounds from his guitar. He maybe hated the choral arrangements and the "sugar" orchestral arrangements (which include a harpsichord), but the song doesn`t sound bad thanks to Beck`s guitar, in my opinion.

Review by Rune2000
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2 stars I've had this album ever since I can remember listening to music and although it's a definite classic Truth is by no means a great album. It's weird realizing this after having this album in my collection for so long but it's a realization that I'm sticking to from now on.

I've never really been a fan of straight-forward blues compositions and Rod Stewart's voice can get somewhat irritating after the first few tracks. This criticism is only strengthened by the fact that the album has some really great material on it. Shapes Of Things and Let Me Love You are two nice opening tracks that work well but that doesn't really say much because most of these compositions would probably have worked no matter of the performing artist. Still it's the artist's responsibility to polish the material and make it shine, but that's where Truth is missing the mark for me.

A good example of this is You Shook Me. Although this album was released five months before Led Zeppelin released their version of the track on their debut album there isn't any comparison between the two versions. It's almost as if these takes were polar opposites of each other where Led Zeppelin were pushing for a new over-the-top approach while Jeff Beck's album had the more straight forward and really uninspired take.

Having said that this album does have some rare instances where the material really shines. Beck's take on Greensleeves is the most emotionally charged piece on this entire album and together with Beck's Bolero they make me wish for an entirely instrumental set for this release. This was of course not to be and what we are left with is a mixed bag that will most probably be more appreciated by rock/blues enthusiast than fans of progressive music.

Still I wouldn't call Truth a completionists only release because I believe this album could appeal to enthusiast of the early rock music and its development. Although one definitely would have to be a huge genre fan to truly appreciate this material.

***** star songs: Greensleeves (1:51)

**** star songs: Shapes Of Things (3:21) Let Me Love You (4:45) Ol' Man River (4:02) Beck's Bolero (2:55)

*** star songs: Morning Dew (4:43) You Shook Me (2:33) Rock My Plimsoul (4:15) Blues Deluxe (7:34) I Ain't Superstitious (4:57)

Review by siLLy puPPy
3 stars JEFF BECK ( 24 June 1944 - 10 January 2023 R.I.P. ) was one of rock music's most revered guitarists after his rise to fame in the Yardbirds and enjoyed a successful solo career that lasted up to his very last years in the 2020s. In addition to fronting his own JEFF BECK GROUP, he also was the main impetus for the short-lived Beck, Bogart & Apprice super trio that released a sole album in the early 1970s. Famous for his unique guitar techniques that could emulate a human voice and other effects, BECK perhaps is best known for his two jazz-rock albums "Blow By Blow" and "Wired" which rank high on guitarists all time best albums lists. The man was well loved in the music business and by fans alike. It seemed he was immortal but sadly on 10 January 2023 BECK passed away from bacterial meningitis or at least that is the official report.

A death of a famous artist always makes me realize that i haven't taken the time to explore their life's work as much as i should have. Like most i've experienced BECK's jazz-rock albums of the mid- to late-1970s but have been utterly clueless about the early albums or even the ones from the 80s to the present. Might as well start at the beginning with this debut release TRUTH which emerged in 1968 and is unlike anything from BECK's jazz-rock albums that came later. BECK left the Yardbirds in 1966 and released three singles after. Two featured him as the lead singer and one was the instrumental. Despite all having been hits on the British charts, BECK decided that a more accomplished vocalist was needed for a true band project. TRUTH is most famous for BECK recruiting Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, both of whom would go on to form the successful band Faces.

This album of 10 tracks didn't find BECK at his most creative moment with most of the tracks being covers albeit an eclectic assortment. The album featured a lengthy list of guest musicians including Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones who would form Led Zeppelin the very month that TRUTH was released in July 1968. The album's style was basically the same blues rock that made the Yardbirds famous albeit with a heavier presentation and although some metalheads have tried to claim TRUTH as the first heavy metal album, this music is more akin to the music of the band Faces only with more emphasis on a boogie groove, an attribute that BECK never lost during his many stylistic shifts.

In many ways TRUTH was BECK's tribute to past masters as it was a declaration of independence. The album features the covers of "Ol' Man River" by Jerome Kern, the Tudor period melody "Greensleeves", and Bonnie Dobson's "Morning Dew", a 1966 hit single for Tim Rose. Beck acknowledged two giants of Chicago blues in songs by Willie Dixon ? Muddy Waters' "You Shook Me" and Howlin' Wolf's "I Ain't Superstitious". The album started with "Shapes of Things", a song from Beck's old band. Only three originals were included and credited to Jeffrey Rod which was basically the duo of BECK and Rod Stewart. Page wrote "Beck's Bolero" and later editions of the album featured a number of bonus tracks.

TRUTH is basically a good old-fashioned 1960s bluesy rock album that doesn't sound too distant from what Led Zeppelin would crank out as a debut only less accomplished and of course less creative. More of a celebration of the blues in the context of rock music, TRUTH was hardly BECK's swan song that found him rising to his true potential. For that he'd have to leave the JEFF BECK GROUP behind and reinvent himself with the 1975 classic "Blow By Blow" which showcased BECK as one of the world's greatest guitarists. Although not BECK's creme de la creme, TRUTH is a nice blues album rock to transport you to that special year of 1968 when the blues still had a firm grip on the blossoming world of rock music. Rod Stewart sounded in top form and all tracks are executed nicely. This album was very much in line with what John Mayall's Bluesbreakers were all about during the day. A worthy start but better things were destined for this guitar god. JEFF BECK will be missed by all.

3.5 stars but rounded down

Latest members reviews

4 stars It is apparent that Jeff Beck found a sound that many had been looking for at the time, a sound that would influence virtually everybody who was ever interested in heavy music. When I use that term though, remember this is 1968, not 1969, 70, or beyond. In an era of ever stretching out the s ... (read more)

Report this review (#519325) | Posted by Progosopher | Saturday, September 10, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A magnificent blues rock album. There's Jeff Beck, one of the best guitarists ever. Accompanied by Rod Stewart and his great voice. Bass played by later to be Rolling Stone Ron Wood. Rounded out by drummer Micky Waller. With guest appearances from Nicky Hopkins, The Who's Keith Moon and (soon ... (read more)

Report this review (#135342) | Posted by Jimsey | Wednesday, August 29, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A good debut album by a group whose format was copied/imitated/stolen (however you want to phrase it) when Jimmy Page chose to form Led Zeppelin shortly after this first Jeff Beck album was released. Although this version of the Jeff Beck Group would quickly fade into memory after the subsequ ... (read more)

Report this review (#118685) | Posted by Disconnect | Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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 ... (read more)

Report this review (#118604) | Posted by Shakespeare | Monday, April 16, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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