Truth [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Jeff Beck's Truth -- which was already regarded as the pioneering heavy metal blues album of its era, beating Led Zeppelin to the punch by about six months -- got a lot better with this British import remastered reissue, which puts all prior editions of the CD to shame. EMI Records have remastered the original LP in 24-bit digital, which puts Beck's guitar and John Paul Jones' organ on "You Shook Me" practically in your lap, and the amp on the former almost up against your ear, and Mickey Waller's drums and Ron Wood's bass on "Shapes of Things" into a position of similar intimacy, so you can almost hear the action on the bass strings. And Rod Stewart's voice is not only ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Jeff Beck's Truth -- which was already regarded as the pioneering heavy metal blues album of its era, beating Led Zeppelin to the punch by about six months -- got a lot better with this British import remastered reissue, which puts all prior editions of the CD to shame. EMI Records have remastered the original LP in 24-bit digital, which puts Beck's guitar and John Paul Jones' organ on "You Shook Me" practically in your lap, and the amp on the former almost up against your ear, and Mickey Waller's drums and Ron Wood's bass on "Shapes of Things" into a position of similar intimacy, so you can almost hear the action on the bass strings. And Rod Stewart's voice is not only close but flows out with a resonance that can't entirely be covered by his rasping delivery -- "Ol' Man River" now seems like an ideal choice for him as well as a distant precursor to his later recordings of standards, and Keith Moon's timpani performance is totally larger-than-life here. Beck's guitar sounds like it's in the room with you on "Rock My Plimsoul," and Stewart's singing is presented in such detail, that his nuances now seem fine and intimate. There are so many details revealed in the playing here in this remastering, that even longtime listeners are certain to find nuances in the playing and the different parts that are new to them -- and that's just the established album. The original ten songs have been very judiciously augmented with a brace of killer bonus tracks, starting with "I've Been Drinking," where Rod Stewart first treaded into Sam Cooke territory stylistically, which somehow never got included on the LP and ended up relegated to the B-side of the Beck single "Love Is Blue" in mono it's in stereo here, natch; there's also the undubbed, stripped-down first take of "You Shook Me," filled with instruments that are nice and close and crunchy especially the guitar; the early, single-take of "Rock My Plimsoul," remixed to stereo here; "Beck's Bolero" in its original mono single version; the previously unissued first take of the shattering "Blues De Luxe"; and the early single A-sides "Tallyman," "Love Is Blue," and "Hi Ho Silver Lining," the first and last featuring Beck's own singing a decision imposed by producer Mickie Most over the guitarist's vociferous objections the latter in its unedited form with a "wee surprise" at the very end. It's worth the upgrade -- you may well find yourself practically getting high off the raw invention and passions oozing from virtually all of the music, and even playing it once for some younger friends who've heard it before will make a few converts to its cause.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767735221
  • Catalog Number: 77352
  • Sales rank: 2,970

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shapes of Things (3:21)
  2. 2 Let Me Love You (4:43)
  3. 3 Morning Dew (4:41)
  4. 4 You Shook Me (2:30)
  5. 5 Ol' Man River (3:57)
  6. 6 Greensleeves (1:49)
  7. 7 Rock My Plimsoul (4:13)
  8. 8 Beck's Bolero (2:53)
  9. 9 Blues de Luxe (7:32)
  10. 10 I Ain't Superstitious (5:02)
  11. 11 I've Been Drinking (3:20)
  12. 12 You Shook Me (2:31)
  13. 13 Rock My Plimsoul (3:41)
  14. 14 (Beck's) Bolero (3:11)
  15. 15 Blues de Luxe (7:31)
  16. 16 Tallyman (2:45)
  17. 17 Love Is Blue (2:57)
  18. 18 Hi-Ho Silver Lining (3:45)
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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
Ron Wood Bass Guitar
John Carter Background Vocals
Madeline Bell Background Vocals
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Keith Moon Drums, Timpani
John Paul Jones Organ, Bass Guitar
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Clem Cattini Drums
Mickey Waller Drums
Ken Lewis Background Vocals
Ken Lewis Background Vocals
Mysterious Scottish Bloke Bagpipes
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Graham Gouldman Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Scott English Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Peter Mew Remastering
Mickie Most Producer
Dave Siddle Engineer
Hugh Gilmour Reissue Design
Traditional Composer
Jeffrey Rod Arranger, Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great reissue.

    I was not very familiar with Jeff Beck's early work besides his time with the Yardbirds. It is great to have one of his earliest albums remastered and reissued. The sound is great and the music is fantastic. It is somewhat eye opening to see how good this music is considering it doesn't get much attention these days, nor did it apparently get too much back in the day either. I do hear where Led Zepplin stole a few tricks and ideas for their first few albums. The booklet notes and track annotation are both good; there are a decent number of photos spread throughout, as well. Also, there's a good helping of bonus tracks including the hit non-album single Hi-Ho Silver Linning. I'm somewhat curious as to the reissue of the next Jeff Beck Group album but a little skeptical, too, as I believe the music isn't quite as good. These types of releases, however, should be the norm by which classic albums and those like Truth, which aren't given their due, are reissued. Maybe the reissue will now turn it into a classic.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of Rod Stewart's Best

    Yes, this is a Jeff Beck album but it is the vocal performance of Rod Stewart that makes this such a great album. Rod is the singer throughout the album and he does a truly memorable job with this odd selection of songs. The same is true of the other Beck/Stewart album: Beck-Ola.

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