Jeff Beck, Featuring Rod Stewart, Jimmie Page, Ron Wood & Keith Moon (Beck's Bolero).
Between his virtuosic command of the fretboard and his daredevil feel for feedback and distortion, Jeff Beck's playing is astonishing. - Jeff Beck's debut solo LP was bound to be a great record with a band featuring talent like Rod Stewart on vocals, Ronnie Wood on guitar plus contributions from Jimmy Page, Nicky Hopkins, Aynsley Dunbar and Keith Moon.
The 1968 album got off to a staggering start and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. Astoundingly good for a band that had been utterly unknown in the U.S. just six months earlier - Truth was critically acclaimed for it's daring, radical nature, elements of which would be appropriated by practically every metal band that followed.
The recording is certainly regarded as a seminal work of heavy metal because of it's use of blues toward a hard rock approach. - The combination of the wailing, heart-stoppingly dramatic vocalizing by Stewart, the thunderous rhythm section of Ron Wood's bass, 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, was as groundbreaking and influential a record as the first Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Who albums.
There are lots of truly awesome unexpected moments on this recording such as Beck's speaker-to-speaker guitar slides. It was a triumph of great tunes that are masterfully performed.
|Brand||Epic Records / Audio Fidelity|
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