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THe album is also more prototypically hard rock (closer to metal, though neither Truth or this album are its progenitors, as some journalists/publicists would like you to believe). The sound of each soloist is more foregrounded, though not nearly to the same extenet as Led Zep. This is still blue-based interplay, but there's more bravado here, and the engineering favors the upfront sound of each soloist.
While Stewat isn't nearly as playful as he was on "Truth," he and his mates have a gloriously good time on the over-the-top "Jailhouse Rock," and his slurring butchery of some the words on "Spanish Boots" is especially delightful. To some extent, however, this highlights what's missing from the album, the sort of playful, making it look easier than it is, more spontaneous feeling of Truth. You can almost feel them pushing hard on this album, and while this plays well on most songs, there's a kind of forced feeling to "The Hangman's Knee" and (I hate to say it, because it was an early fave song of mine), the long power song, Rice Pudding.Read more ›
Ok, more in the other "Beck-Ola" reviews, but here's the rub: I'd swear this is cut from a different master from that 2004 (UK) EMI edition, which features the very same bonus tracks. There's a smokey haze in here, a subtle air of containment that gets in the way - this Legacy edition smolders, but it lacks the fire of the EMI, that reaches right out and scorches you through your speakers.(The bonus cuts, all worthwhile, interestingly sound the same - hence my feeling that the UK and US 'original masters' are different. Other indications include the fact that the timings vary by a few seconds on at least a couple songs).Read more ›
The first Jeff Beck Group album, Truth, is an absolute essential. Rod Stewart's vocals suit the material perfectly, Nicky Hopkins on piano is ideal, Ron Wood holds down the bass, and Mick Waller kicks skins. Songs like Blues De Luxe and I Ain't Superstitious pretty much define the Brit-blues-band sound. (Beck-Ola has one song that would have fit there - a bonus track - Sweet Little Angel.) However, for the most part, Beck-Ola is an entirely different animal, a wild studio jam made in an atmosphere of rage. Wood, Waller, and Stewart were getting ready to break up TJBG by jumping ship to form Faces. Worse still, the least worthy guitarist to play with the Yardbirds, Jimmy Page, was stealing Beck's thunder as their mutual management helped assemble an absolutely awful group destined to pollute the airwaves for years under the name Led Zeppelin. Beck was furious, and you can hear it in the music.
Two Elvis hits, All Shook Up and Jailhouse Rock, are amped-up and slapped around so rudely as to be unrecognizable; both are highlights.Read more ›
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The Jeff Beck Group truly should have been a force to be reckoned with by the end of the ‘60s. Unfortunately, personnel instability and the untimely car accident of Beck himself... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mark H.
This album never got a lot of love and I can understand why. It's not for everyone, though it has always been one of my favorites. Read morePublished 15 months ago by swbo101
I've always wanted to like this album - love classic British blues-rock - Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Blind Faith, etc. Great musicians here - but the material is weak. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael Roberts
Beck's awesome. I can't believe there was a dude getting sounds like this out of a guitar in the 60s.Published 15 months ago by dink tinkleberry
I'm not gonna get into all of the deep ramblings that other music connoisseurs seem to love to do. I enjoyed this album back in the 70's. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Randall Schultz
Early JEFF BECK ...AWESOME. I loved his early work ...those were the years that he developed that sound that he continues to be able to get out of his instruments to this day. Read morePublished 23 months ago by GAL ON THE GO
I suppose that when I was a kid, this music changed my life. Glorious arrangements of some you already know and other surprises. Rod Stewart when he was really a phenomenon. Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by Suzanne Stokes
My favorite performances by Rod and Jeff, apart or together. Beck is obviously a virtuoso, perhaps without equal in his inventiveness and skill. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by D. bernard
We have different tastes in music I guess. Older generation may like it more than the newer. It must bring back memories. I only liked 1 or 2 of the songs.Published on June 18, 2013 by Linda Prater