Album #128 – Truth
This album has been called the first heavy metal album. It created the sound that bands such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath would emulate in the next couple of years. Not bad for someone who started his career replacing Clapton in The Yardbirds. The Jeff Beck Group comprises Beck on guitar, Rod Stewart on vocals (with probably his best vocals on album!!!), Ronnie Wood on bass (later of The Rolling Stones and Faces) and Micky Waller on drums (a great, underrated drummer). There were many special guest appearances by many famous rock musicians including: Keith Moon, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Nicky Hopkins and Aynsley Dunbar. This album is pure heavy blues rock. Jeff Beck shows off his range of playing and this album clearly shows the direction in which blues rock was headed. Among my favorites off this album was Beck’s Bolero. A Spanish-influenced instrumental, Beck had to record it in secret due to Keith Moon’s involvement. Beck wanted Keith Moon to be a part of The Jeff Beck Group as their drummer. Pete Townshend refused and did not want Keith playing with anyone other than The Who. Moon had to record this track in secret and the track was released in secret so Townshend would not fire Moon from The Who. Pete never found out until years later. This album was a great one from start to finish. I have always wanted to listen to it and it did not disappoint. Rod Stewart clearly shows just how soulful he can be and he never sang like this again on record. Other highlights: Shapes Of Things (a great Yardbirds cover, better than the original), Greensleeves, Ol’ Man River, You Shook Me and I Ain’t Superstitious. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5.
Next: Caetano Veloso’s self-titled album.