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Truth

Jeff Beck

1968

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Truth

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3.15

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While I’m always down for a good “Greensleeves” cover, I think what was fresh about this very straightforward rock take on the blues in 1968 feels pretty, pretty tired in 2021. And, yeah, I’m mainly looking at you Rod Stewart. For all of Beck’s guitar virtuoso, the lyrics by and large completely take me out of so many of these songs. I get it, Rod. You’re horny. So was Marvin Gaye but he turned it into art. There’s a way.

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Shapes of Things - Solid track, love the bombastic bass and the lead guitar parts in the back, leaving more room for a solid bass. Let Me Love you - Proto-hard rock??? I hear some stuff I'd hear in later Zeppelin. HEAVY RIFF. I FUCK WITH IT. Music orgasm. Morning Dew - Is Jeff Beck Lou fucking Reed? This is a masterpiece. Scottish bagpipes for the win. You Shook Me - Amazing bassline, groovy, very B.B King-esque. The piano work is legendary, straight up as good as The Who's-- If not better. It works perfectly with the guitar. Oh my god, music orgasm. Ol' Man River - The bassline, the drums........ Music orgasm again. "I'm so sick of living but too afraid of dying..." I cried Greensleeves - Still emotional from Ol' Man River, a fully acoustic instrumental piece played in arpeggio. It's gorgeous. It's simplistic but beautiful and lets you ride the wave of your emotions. Rock my Plimsoul - OH THE BLUES. HIT ME WITH THE BLUES, YES SIR. MUDDY WATERS ON ME. B. B. KING IN MY SOUL. This is what rock 'n roll is meant to be! Beck's Bolero - The sound my dreams make when they clash against the backdrop of reality. A masterful instrumental that earns its name-- A true BOLERO, but rock 'n roll. The primal scream that kickstarts the drums is the noise of the universe's expansion as it explodes during the big bang. The keys is the sound of galaxies crashing into one another. Blues Deluxe - Back to the fifties? This belongs in a mafia movie. I feel like smoking a cuban, may be even having a cigar later. Is Jeff Beck secretly Buddy Guy? Cause he's bluesing like he's Buddy Guy. THIS IS JIMMY PAGE'S GUITAR, HAS TO BE. THOSE ACCENTS........ Seven minutes and a half of blues improvisation recorded live, it only adds to the legend. This was a showstopper, the album could've stopped there and it'd rank as legend. I Ain't Superstitious - The final track of the album. This sounds like Led Zeppelin a whole lot. Physical graffiti anyone? Who invited Thor to be the drummer for this album? Great finisher but not as strong as the song that came before. If you've ever wondered why there are "squier" guitars or why we say they weep, listen to this album-- they weep with joy. B-Sides: I've been Drinking - Worth as much as any song on the album, very sentimental. The drumming works really well to give a smooth jazz blues feeling! Go Beck! Final Score: If you like ye old rock 'n roll, you'll love it. If you like blues, you'll love it. If you like MUSIC, YOU'LL LOVE IT. If you have a soul and aren't dead inside, you'll love it. I give it a 10 inch out of 10. Penises can only get so erect.

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Brand new to me. I'm not much of a guitar buff, but yeah Jeff Beck's guitar is crisp, expressive and forceful. Rhythm section is really punchy and robust on this. Apparently this was a major influence on heavy metal, which I guess I can hear. If I had to criticise the music, I would maybe like it to commit to being either bluesy or proggy or full-on rocking. It's in this sort of middle ground (but this is barely a real criticism). The real problem is in the vocals. Lyrics are pretty generic with some blues covers and some tracks that go "baby baby baby my little woman". The singer is Rod Stewart. He's technically really strong, but I just feel pure annoyance every time I hear him. I'm sure I can hear his hideous feathered mullet. I wish this was instrumental, or that Jeff Beck had found any other vocalist in the world. 3.5/5 for solid musicianship, but I will not be coming back.

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5

So good! The mellow and depth of the blues harmonized with the vigor of the rock by the virtuosity of Beck shine so well. Classic blues and rock themes come to live on this first class album.

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5

A star-studded album that is one of the early greats of modern blues rock. While it's half-loaded with covers, you just can't deny the spin Jeff Beck and his legendary band put on them. These are some of the most talented players in the game, and to create a record like this in 4 days is insanity even if half of them aren't originals. And an instrumental jam with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones AND Keith Moon?! I mean, come on. Listen to this record, and enjoy the ride. Favorite Song: Blues Deluxe Least Favorite: Let Me Love You

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Guitarist Jeff Beck's debut album, "Truth" released in 1968 and features Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood in his ensemble. This album has been regarded as "the first metal album," with heavy blue-inspired sounds and rock influences. Quite a legacy! This album opens with "Shapes of Things" and it is clear from the get-go that this album helped lay the foundation for hard rock and metal. This track features heavy drums and fun guitar riffs mixed with Rod Stewart's strong vocals. "Let Me Love You" is track number 2, opening with a wicked lead guitar. Stewart sings "When I'm with you woman, my whole life seems so hazy... don't you know that?" a classic sentiment of any good rock song. Beck's electric guitar work is simply mesmerizing. The third track, "Morning Dew," features bagpipes, strong bass plucks, and funky guitar riffs. It's a cover song, but the band makes it their own, with Beck's hypnotic guitar work stealing the spotlight from Stewart's passionate vocals. "You Shook Me" comes next, a classic Muddy Waters track, reworked by Beck's group. Stewart covers vocals while a frantic piano, drum beat, and guitar do the rest. This track is full of energy and soul! Track 5 is "Ol' Man River," a well-known show tune. Stewart's vocals are fine for the song, thought the instrumentation does most of the heavy lifting, with hectic drums, organ chords, and Beck's crazy guitar work. Up next is a cover of "Greensleeves," a folk song that has been around since the 16th century. It runs a bit shy of 2 minutes, but with beautiful acoustic guitar plucks, Beck makes it his own. It is quite wonderful. "Rock My Plimsoul" comes next and is a return to the bluesy, rockin' guitar work that I've come to adore on this album. Stewart's vocals are strong and classic, and this track sounds reminiscent to something you would hear on any great classic rock station. Stewart adlibs "rock me, baby" repeatedly to close out the song, and it's quite fun! "Beck's Bolero" comes next, opening with a build up of guitar and drums that lead to classic rock chaos. This track is instrumental and features effects of crazy energy and good old rockin' instrumentation. The second-to-last track, "Blues Deluxe," clocks in at 7 and a half minutes. This track is blues at its finest and is said to have drawn inspiration from BB King. This track features an audience (it must have been recorded live) whose enthusiasm grows throughout the song, coming to an overwhelming roar at the end of the track. The final track, "I Ain't Superstitious," once more features Stewart on vocals with Beck's funky, "wah" guitar magic. There is some great guitar work on the latter half of the track, and it's a fantastic way to close out this debut album. Favorite track: Let Me Love You Honorable mention: Beck's Bolero

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5

Epic.

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Discovery of Led Zeppelin sound before they got into the game

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Five stars for Beck's Bolero alone. This record is responsible for that 60's / 70's British Blues sound. Beck brings on Rod Stewart before he became the mega-star, and Ronny Wood before becoming a Stone.

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5

Excellent blues rock album. You can clear hear how he influenced so many future bands. 4.5

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Wonderful interpretations of great music.

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5

A blues master. Love Becks Bolero

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Never listened to much Jeff Beck. Might have to change that after this listen.

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Gotta be able to listen to Rod Stewart but this record jams. Lots of good guitar work, but what do you expect from Jeff Beck?

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4

Perhaps a little generous, but this is getting a 3.5 rounded up. No massive stand out hits but the overall sound is fantastic classic rock without the cheesiness or overplayed aspect of some of the other bands of the time.

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I'm kinda torn on this one. Not every song is a banger, for sure, but none of them are snoozers either. The one thing they all seem to have is a strong sense of groove and I'm here for that. The cover of "Ol' Man River" is far from my favorite, though. Tympani were a poor instrumentation choice. There's also some really funky stereo panning going on that's just disconcerting. That cover alone almost earned this a 3-star rating. But, once you get past that (and the weirdly out of place "Greensleeves" instrumental), there's a bunch of really solid blues. Like, REALLY solid blues. Very tasty. It's a 4-star for me. But it's a soft 4.

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The truth hurts

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Genialt album! Rod Stewart på vokal og fede blues numre med Hard Rock islæt. Wow

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5

Está buenisisisisimoooo, de los mejores álbumes de rock que he escuchado, vale la pena cada canción.

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Meh

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Already own this one

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nice

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5

WOW. Favourite album so far. Great vocals from Rod Stewart, band sounding brilliant. 2005 remaster is sublime. In a great mood with this album.

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LOVEDDD

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Jeff Beck é único. Disco impecável, solos memoráveis, letras marcantes.

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5

p152, 1968. 5 stars Classic Brit blues rock. Beck and Stewart on absolutely top form - the interplay between guitar and vocals is fantastic. Most of the tracks are stone cold classics - they even manage to cover Ol' Man River and get away with it. A couple of weak tracks - Shape of Things doesn't add anything to the original other than Beck's guitar work, and Blues Deluxe outstays its welcome, complete with the overdubbed "live" audience applause - but they are still worth listening to just for Jeff Beck. This still sounds great nearly 50 years on.

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5

What a great playing style. If Jeff could sing at all, he'd have been as big as Clapton. But when Rod Stewart is doing all your vocals, and Rod isn't available to go on tour with you, then.....

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5

Great mix of rock and blues.

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Jeff Beck is every bit as good of a guitarist as Eric Clapton in my opinion and this bluesy English rock is excellent. Some of the best on the list so far.

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Great album, great guitar, just the right amount of blues

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Good blues rock

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lenda

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Blues rock

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4

Great blues album! Jeff Beck introduces himself well and it features rock greats as well! It also lays the groundwork for later guitarists in metal.

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At times I love Jeff Beck's playing, and there's a couple of things he's done that scrape the firmament of what's possible in the popular idiom of guitar rock. And there's this, which has been said to have been a big influence on Led Zeppelin, amongst others. I still think it has a certain aura to it, despite fundamentally being a heavy blooz rock album without too many frills.

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Does it’s job

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Fiquei surpreso com o quao bom era!

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4

Great example of 1960s blues influenced rock and roll

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Excelent performance on guitar. Delightful!

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Álbum catedralici de blues rock, amb un Rod Stewart increïble i un Jeff Beck en el seu millor moment. La primera cara es antològica. La segona deriva molt més cap al blues, però no desentona. Un clàssic entre clàssics

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Better than I was expecting. Didn’t know Rod Stewart sang the songs

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Musically a fine album indeed. Rod Stewart sounds amazing. But some of the song choices; Old Man River? Greensleeves? Am I supposed to a middle class white Brit performing these "slave" songs. That notwithstanding I'm not really a "blues " guy. But, no denying the sound and the epic guitar playing. For me 3.75 🌟 which translates to...

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nice album with a mix of rock and blues rock

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Really enjoyed this album, a bit of a mish mash of styles- covering everything from some pretty heavy blues to a cover of greensleaves but the album captured my attnetion whilst i was working and i often found myself stopping what i was doing just to listen and enjoy

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Nice

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4.0 - As much as I dislike the word, I'd best describe this record as "groovy." It's got a cool, laid back blues sound that's uncluttered and allows Jeff Beck's killer guitar and Rod Stewart's soulful vocals to shine. Though I finished listening to it in the late morning, I found myself thinking back on this record several times throughout the day and into the evening.

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nice 4/5

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только гитара, барабаны и бас. играет с ритмом, ломанными мелодиями. однообразно в первой половине. во второй половине блюз, он зашёл круче

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Aka Rockin' Rod Sings the Blues. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It's delightful to find Rod Stewart in his early 20s, showing he's already got what it takes, growing like a wildman. That and Beck 'n' friends wild blues rock explosions are thoroughly enjoyable. Yeah, they didn't go there first and a hefty creative debt is owed to the American bluesmen, but this feels like an evolution, taking things onwards for everyone.

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Forget Jeff Beck for a minute or two - this album is a good reminder for me that Rod Stewart actually had a (very) small period where he absolutely killed it. It's kinda important to bring up Rod because this is absolutely as much his album as Beck's; it's almost akin to if Led Zeppelin I had been billed as "Jimmy Page" (who plays on one song here) and in a lot of ways I like this album more. Mostly because Jimmy Page's guitar playing occasionally irritates me as Beck was (is) a more interesting player to me; I think as a guitar player I enjoy his sound/tones quite a bit and on this album he runs the gamut from wailing on "Shapes of Things" to gentle acoustic on his rendition of "Greensleeves" and generous wahwah double tracking on "I Ain't Superstitious." And back to Rod Stewart ... maybe I'm focused on him because in the 80s he was ubiquitous for his milquetoast and lame songs/singing, so to hear him as the young rock god here is not only refreshing but he actually saves a lot of otherwise boring songs ("Ol' Man River", "Blues Deluxe") Overall there is a little too much slow blues for my tastes but getting beyond the occasionally dull songwriting Beck's playing (and definitely Stewart's vocals) saves the show when needed. And even though most of the best songs are covers, this is a great album not only for its time but a keeper which features a number of legendary musicians all hitting their peak. 8/10 4 stars

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Pretty great blues rock album. Good mix of vocals, jams, and great licks.

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Fantastic album. It's got everything you want. Early blues rock. Covers. Lingering guitar solos. Heaviness. Lightness. English folklore. Rod Steward snorting lines of sailor cum offstage. Something for everyone. Who's better than us, eh guys? If you don't enjoy this album, you can go to hell.

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This album is blowing me away. The vocals are fantastic, I was expecting another boring 60's album that I've heard 1,000 times before but this is great - bluesy, rocky, excellent

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Jazz-blues, blues-jazz. Definitely an influence on Led Zep. Annoying bonus tracks on Spotify.

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Gets better as you listen trust me the lyrics and the guitar are so great! Deal with the first song the guitar is great! Hi Ho Silver Lining- favourite song

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Pretty cool to hear the “birth of metal” stuff in here!

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I've never heard this one before, but based on how it sounds and the year it was released, it's pretty easy to hear how this album must have had a huge impact on bridging the gap between blues-heavy hard rock and the beginnings of heavy metal soon after. Musically, this sounds really dated, which is sort of funny in as much as it also sounds like it was quite far ahead of its time back in the late 60's. Anyway, very interesting historically, still pretty good, but not one I'd listen to regularly.

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Great British Blues album. A few covers on the album but I don’t think it should be marked down for that.

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4

A bluesrock gem

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You can hear the genre producing sound from the on set. Really powerful lyrics and guitar. The understated drums are a let down. They needed whoever recorded zeppelin’s drums to record the drums on this album. But you really can’t say enough about the power felt from the guitar and vocals. The bass is dope as well. Give a listen

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yeah good. rock my plimsoul was cooool 7/10

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4

A rather straightforward hard rock record, reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix's 'Are You Experienced' released a year prior. The predictable building blocks and basic arrangements make for an easy listen, but can result in a musical gridlock. As a package, 'Truth' is well-organized with meaningful changes in composition throughout.

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4

Cool blues album! Though I can't help but think that Jeff Beck sounds a bit like Rod Stewart...

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Comes out swinging. Keeps hitting hard. Takes a break with Greensleeves, of all things...4/5

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4

Fine introduction of Rod to the world, awesome guitar, and some great blue tracks.

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4

I've always like Jeff and his guitar work and style, cool album love it

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4

This album kind of goes all over the place especially with the Old Man River rendition and then Greensleeves. The songs are good though. I enjoyed it.

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Enjoyed

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So just how impossibly underrated is Jeff Beck? He's never mentioned among the all-timers, at least not in the upper echelon like Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, or Jim Hendrix. And I'll take Jeff Beck over that prick Eric Clapton any day. Beck's a virtuoso here like he always is, but if you didn't know any better, you might swear this is a Rod Stewart album. My favorite Jeff Beck song is the cover version of "People Get Ready" that he and Stewart did some 17 years after this album. By that point, Rod was at the height of his fame after a remarkable solo career that eventually went in a much different direction from the work he did with Jeff Beck and then the Faces. It's a shame that we don't remember Rod's early career like some of the great songs from this album. Most of that is on Stewart himself, who still seems to be addicted a little too much to the spotlight (I know maybe 15 things about the world, and somehow one of those things is that Rod Stewart likes soccer). But it's more of an injustice that we don't give Jeff Beck his props as an axe wizard.

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File under Jeff Beck

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Rod Stewart on vocals; only thing keeping this from a 5 is Wired and Blow By Blow

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Very good - very bluesy - you can see why it influenced a lot of bands

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4/5. Dude sorta shreds 🤘

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4

Very surprised - every track. Roundly solid rock but a roller coaster from track to track. Only downside is it doesn't feel like an album as much as a grab bag of tracks.

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4

Good music never lies

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4

This is ... familiar. It's also got this peculiarly timeless feel to it. It feels a lot more modern than 1968 but still with that old bluesy guitar vibe to it. I must away and find out more about Jeff Beck now.

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There’s an alternate reality where the Jeff Beck Group became THE virtuoso blues group that brought rock fans into the 70’s instead of Zeppelin, and part of me is curious to see how that went. I don’t think that they’re as tight-knit as Zepp, or as able to make blues staples their own the way they did. Yet they’re all great musicians, and Rod Stewart proves that he def has pipes here. It’s pretty damn good for what it is, but I understand why they didn’t get bigger in our timeline. B

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4

A welcome respite after weeks of "art rock" and easy listening.

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I really like this, the guitar is absolutely mesmerizing. I had no idea who Jeff Beck was or that the Jeff Beck group contained Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood. Love it!

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Zwischen Jeff Beck und Jimmy Page bestehen Ende der 60er „gewisse stilistische Überschneidungen“, mE bis hin zur Ununterscheidbarkeit. Was ok ist, beide nicht schlecht.

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Well that was a surprise stealth supergroup! Not just a solo outing for Jeff Beck (a name I knew but not his history as Eric Clapton's replacement in the Yardbirds), the Jeff Beck Group also included Stones drummer Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart. And I can now never look at Rod Stewart the same way again. This was the music his voice was meant for!

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It is interesting that this is a Jeff Beck album when Rod Stewart sings so much on it… you’d think he’d get a ‘(feat. Rod Stewart)’ mention on the relevant song titles. I started off a bit lukewarm, although I really appreciated the talent. Then as the album progressed I started to like it more and more. By the second listen I was pretty on-board with this… I was surprised at how much I loved “Ol’ Man River.” I was surprised to hear it on this album and surprised at how much I enjoyed it and how fresh it felt! The timpani really added a unique dimension to it. “Greensleeves” and “Beck’s Bolero” were also unexpected additions that were very enjoyable. Other standouts to me were “Morning Dew,” “Rock My Plimsoul,” and “I Ain’t Superstitious.” Great album!

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Some very fine blues rock, featuring baby Rod Stewart and some surprising covers (Ol' Man River, Greensleeves). Made me want to close the curtains, put scarves over all the lamps, and sit on a cushion and smoke. I quite enjoyed it.

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Love this stuff

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This is great. The vestiges of Rod, Zep and later stones. It’s all there. Great tunes!

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Ol' Man River is everything! Epic album, I think I'll return to it.

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I liked the blues parts, also some known melodies

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Jeff Beck is good at guitar. And - even after gaining some notoriety with the Yardbirds - it's super impressive to get Rod, Ronnie, and half of Led Zepplin on your debut album. From a technical perspective, it's not his best work, but it's fucking fun. I love the whole album.

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Guitar tone is super clean and solid all around

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i wouldn’t ever opt to listen to but it wasn’t bad

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Had this LP as a kid, so it holds a special spot.

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Nice, old school rock. Will listen one more time at least!

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A good hard blues album with some serious history.

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Hmmm, apparently a very influential album in the formation of heavy metal, so I'm glad to have listened to it! It's a little uncomfortable hearing a bunch of white Englishmen ripping off the blues, though... Fave track - "I Ain't Superstitious" maybe? "Shapes of Things" is good too...

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Really fun with lots of collabs.

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Worth exploring more, and the Yardbirds

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Now album to drive to and from golf in the rain. 3/5

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3

Good. Nothing ground breaking. Enjoy rod's voice.

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3

Decent blues rock. Nothing to make me super excited but never dull either

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3/5 there were some interesting songs but not something worthy.

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La guitarra de Beck dominándolo todo y Rod Stewart llorando al micrófono. Me gustan más las que se salen de ese patrón.

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The blues songs were the best songs on the album

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it was good on first listen oi oi

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Truthfully, I liked this. Sounds a lot more modern to me than 1968, though some of it sounds like Zeppelin might have ripped it off. Still, plenty of tasty riffs here.

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Not great but opened me to Jeff Beck who is an amazing guitar player. His instrumental albums are sick

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An enjoyable rock album. I always enjoy the vocals of Rod Stewart, he’s so iconic. As for the rest of it I found it to be pretty easy to listen to and easy to enjoy. I don’t find it groundbreaking or mind bending, but it was definitely a solid, fun album.

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It was ok.

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Aaargh goddamn Rod Stewart. I HATED his schmaltzy voice when I was a kid, and he was in that era of crooning cheesy ballads with his puffed up hair, smug grin, and bulbous mole. Now Jeff Beck... he's the greatest living guitarist. Why, oh why did he have to buddy up back in the '60's with Rod Fucking Stewart?! Robert Plant was taken, so he thought Rod will do???!!!

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I like the music more than his voice

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60s 'rock', didn't care for the voice.

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Very innovative album, he changed the classic blues rock to a harder, faster syncopated sound. (6/10)

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god guitar, lidt for meget

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Good classic guitar rock very 60s

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3.75 stars, all for Rod Stewart.

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Great guitarists and Rod’s voice is killer. I just think I’m burnt out on 60s blues/rock & roll. I also see why Cream might have gotten the edge. More like a 2.75

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Late night after shift work

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i actually likes it, i likes the rocky aspect to it and i just thought it was fun

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My kinda vibe. Mad vocals and heavy guitars but something missing

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Álbum clásico con buenos acordes, voz genuina y cierto toque country

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Not in the mood for anything from 1968 anymore. I know OF Jeff Beck but don't think I've ever heard any of his stuff. Ok, this isn't the usual late 60s "fuckin kill me now" psychedelic folk rock. Like bluesy hard rock. Pleasantly surprised. 3/5.

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I like the songs with the dirty, loose, jammy feel at the front end of the album. Some cool Mitch Mitchell/Ginger baker in some of these. A lot like Cream and Led Zepplin. I can see why people say Jimmy Paige ripped off Jeff Beck. There were 5s at the beginning of the album, but it got a bit repetitive and the blues and green sleeves buzz killed me. 3

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This rules. Discount Zep. MSRP Rod. Full price blues. Beck's Bolero rules. The bass player rules. B+

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a bit tired best songs: Blues Deluxe and I Ain't Superstitious

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Holding out for some better Blues.

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Meh ok

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Beck’s Bolero almost kicks this up to a four.

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3/5

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Pretty decent! Good for background music. Liked a few songs and was meh about the rest

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3

Enjoyable for what it was.

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Bluesy easy listening was alright. 3*

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This was fine, not anything amazing

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Altogether this seemed like kind of an incoherent mess. It’s been interesting in this listening project to more deeply trace the through line from British emulation (or appropriation to be less kind) of American Blues to what came to be known as Heavy Metal, and this is clearly an iconic waypoint on that road, but I don’t think I’d bother to listen to it again.

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Eine raue Schönheit. Irrer Blues, trunken vor Soul, ruhelos, gefühl- & kraftvoll. I like. 3.4

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Flashes of greatness, but also plenty of bloat to go around. If he'd made this an EP and cut out the bullshit, it would be a legendary album. Best track: Beck's Bolero

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Nice blues album

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Unfocused but punchy when in the groove. 5/10

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* Decent enough, Blues, Hendrix, good guitar riffs

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I'm sure this is fine, but it's pretty bog-standard blues rock.

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Du rock n roll respectable. Solide mais rien de tant spécial

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Stodgy late 60's British blues. Toad in the soul. Best Tracks: Shapes of Things; You Shook Me; Blues Deluxe

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Top rock albumpje, niks mis mee

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Good, not great. Don't like it as much the slightly later blues-rock stuff (LZ, Allman Brothers)

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not bad

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I couldn't believe how much the singer sounded like Rod Stewart. Then I looked it up. Rod Stewart sounds just like Rod Stewart. Uncanny. Regarding the album, beck can sure noodle. Fantastic guitar work. And really, what a lineup. Stewart, Beck and Woods. However, I'm not a huge fan of the songs. Just the music.

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Good

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Never heard this album before and have only known Jeff Beck as a guitarist. I was like "wow he really sounds like Rod Stewart!". Then I looked it up and it turns out it *was* Rod Stewart. Anyway, this album was ok. Lots of talent on display but didn't really do anything for me.

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Generic 60/70’s rock mate. That’s it. If you like it you’ll like it, if not you won’t. Can’t be any clearer.

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Speed blues at its best. Not a fan of the vocal performances but the backing is goooooood.

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vroom vroom la guitare le sexe le blues la guitare le vrai rock Prefs: Greensleeves, Beck's Bolero, I Ain't Superstitious Moins pref: Rock My Plimsoul

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It was a solid listen but nothing was catchy enough melodically to really rise to the top. I did enjoy Rod Stewart as the vocalist with clearly an intense guitar supporting side. Good classic rock.

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sooo sooo much like Mr. Stewart. It's good. But not great, and not really memorable.

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It was fine I guess.

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-Jeff Beck is a pretty cool guitarist -I Ain't Superstitious is an all-time guitar rock tune -There are some good blues rock songs on here but they also don't always stand out much.

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It's fine but when it comes to this old-school guitar-centric music I'd rather just listen to Hendrix which incorporates much more interesting sounds to his bluesy licks. But not bad.

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I don't have much to say about this album. It was just ok. I wouldn't be able to identify it in a line-up with other classic rock of the era. I did like the song title "Blues Deluxe" though. Like, "you guys are blues lite. we're blues deluxe". 3/5

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This is a very ok late 60's rock album. Nothing bad about it, nothing really remarkable either. I've really never gotten the appeal of Jeff Beck; this album changes nothing.

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This would would be at least a star higher as a live show. As an album, it’s solid, but not great. I want more structure.

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3.5 i liked this way more than i thought! i knew i was in for a good time when i saw "i aint superstitious" on the tracklist.

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Okay, I guess I knew the name Jeff Beck and thought it would be a rock album, but otherwise was not at all familiar with the album. It appealed to me more than I thought. Maybe on a different day I would like it even more.

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It seems that in the late 60s quite a few amazing British musicians were inspired by the blues. There may have been so many that they all blur together a bit for me, as it had never been a period and genre I connected with very much. This is particularly well done, especially for an artist I wasn't familiar with. It was definitely interesting to listen to Rod Stewart's early work, as his voice was instantly recognizable and prominent throughout the album.

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I was pleasantly surprised by this, a lot of iconic sounds at times, and some experimental here and there that impressed me. Otherwise, the album had a rough vocal performance and some tired blues moments that dragged it down a bit.

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It feels a bit revisionist, but I can’t help but experience the Jeff Beck Group as just an inferior attempt at Led Zeppelin, even if they came first.

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A wonderful early rock album that hints at things to come in England in the near future. Well crafted songs.

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Ik dacht: he, deze stem lijkt op die van Rod Stewart. Bluesy hoor!

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Ik begon hier eigenlijk met tegenzin aan: Jeff Beck....weer zo'n gitaatvirtuoos die alles volledig ontdoet van enige emotie. Maar het bleek eigenlijk best heel tof te zijn toen ik doorkreeg dat het een soort Led Zeppelin was maar dan met Rod Stewart als zanger! Rod heeft zelden zo bevlogen geklonken als op deze plaat - en dat wil wat zeggen 🙂

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This felt like a classic rock album, and it also felt like it inspired Led Zepplin and AC/DC especially on You Shook Me and I Ain't Superstitious. Greensleeves was nice too.

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Alright. Rods voice is too. 3

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This was an enjoyable album for the first time listening. Interesting Jeff beck only put his name on it when rod Stewart sings every song. I think rod stewart helped make this album better. The guitar playing was solid as well. Lots of variance between blues and harder classic rock sounds. Pretty enjoyable album overall. 7.3/10

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I love the music on this and it's a really who's who of late 60s early 70s musicians. However the vocals are just bad. I've gotten a few Rod Stewart albums now and I've realised I just don't like his voice. He just doesn't have the power to really belt it out, which is required for these songs.

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I don't know why, but I just didn't enjoy this album.

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Un gran guitarrista famoso entre amantes de ese instrumento pero no para el gran público. No soy muy de "guitar hero", en lo que se refiere a artistas no al juego, así que no me ha entusiasmado para mí se deja escuchar pero no es imprescindible.

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The music was okay. I am not a fan of Rod Stewart's voice. This album is a "No" for me.

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Nothing offensive but also nothing really stuck out

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You definitely have to be in the mood for this. maybe even a little drunk Today I'm neither in the mood nor particularly drunk

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Not my favorite. "Old Man River" sung by Rod Stewart was really something...

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Apparently this is an important album in that it fuses blues with harder rock, and therefore laid the groundwork for heavy metal. For that I am grateful. However, as a listening experience for the musical layman such as myself, I couldn't find much of interest. Just seemed like fairly boring rock n roll and overly ernest blues sung with an irritating raspy vocal. 2/5

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ну какой-то гитарный блюзроковый чел, не моё, рекоммендовать не буду. Вроде крутой как музыкант и гитарист, но треканы не вкатили на мой дурацкий вкус

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Did not rly enjoy

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Last 5 albums have included Rod Stewart, Faces and The Jeff Beck Group. Now this and I'm pretty over it. It's just more generic dad rock now.

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Terrible mix, flat vocals, average songs

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Below average in every respect. Sounds like a white cover band trying to sound black, well, apart from Greensleeves which was just embarrassing.

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Not a fan of his voice

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Good musicianship but not really more than that for me

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terrible. i still dont like guitar solos. 2 stars at best.

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2.5

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Finding out that a pre-well known Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart were on this was more interesting than the actual album itself. I can see why it would be on this list due to it's starting points for these well known musicians, and its pre-metal riffs and its bluesy style similar to Zeppelin, but the whole album just simply doesn't appeal to me for repeated listening or to be loved.

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And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, this is what's called Schwanzrock! Was mich zu der Frage bringt: hat Beck wohl nen extralangen (wie er uns mit seinem Erguss hier in jede Ritze unserer schlaffen Körper reiben möchte), oder vielmehr nen ganz kleinen? Naja, ist mir letztlich auch egal. Ich geh mal duschen und vergebe vorher 1,5

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There are some genuinely interesting compositional and voicing ideas on this LP, they're just too obscured by indulgent noodling and cloying vocals to make it worth the listen.

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I can appreciate that this is seen as a seminal album in the evolution of hard rock/heavy metal but... To me this is just a turgid mess of borrowed blues riffs and a lot of showy guitar playing. And yeah, they can play, the musicianship on this album is phenomenonenal but that doesn't necessarily translate to enjoyable listening. Not for me. One final note, the cover of Greensleeves is possibly the most out of place track ever included on a record

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I can't explain why this doesn't click with me, but it doesn't. On paper, I would've thought this would be squarely in my wheelhouse. I love rock guitar, blues guitar, and I know Jeff Beck played with, influenced, and was influenced by some of my favorite musicians from that era. But...I don't know, maybe it suffered from decades of rock guitarists that followed and sound an awful lot like that. And, frankly, as I'm listening to more of the earlier blues and jazz guitarists -- mostly the black Americans who influenced the white Brits and then white Americans in the whole 60s & 70s rock explosion -- the more I'd rather hear those artists.

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A very fucking generous 2.

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Appalling. I love the blues, but I've heard many pub bands better than this. How could one of the world's best guitarists combine with one of the best voices ever to produce this? Bowie's version of Shapes of things is better - and that's on pretty much his worst album of the 1970s!! Flashes of brilliance in Blues Deluxe, but not enough.

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No hay dos estrellas y media.

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It's pretty good, but not exactly what I listen to. I think once I become more familiar with it, it will be better. 2/5 for now. Best songs: Shapes of Things, Morning Dew, You Shook Me, Beck's Bolero,

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A sleepy bluesy album of little note. I recognize that basically all these songs were stolen from Black people, but at least when Led Zeppelin did it they made interesting musical choices.

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classic rock tropes

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Big loud guitar based rock. But for me just missing the hook of the stones or Clapton - hard to explain why. Don’t live it.

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don't like blues

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Not a bad album but just nothing there that keeps me interested and wanting to listen again no stand out songs

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A bloodless cousin to the white man's blooze 'n' soul served up by more skilled contemporaries like, er, the Dead or Rod Stewart. Does himself no favours with a pretentious album title and cover that would make Bono blush.

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Nostalgic!

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Wasn’t a huge fan of the music but understand it’s importance in the timeline for classic rock. Kinda sick of the mid 60s rock from the generator

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This album was a good reminder of why I find most of late 60s/early 70s blues rock tediously boring. 2/5

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Its better than most in this genre, but its still this genre

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Pas tellement accroché sur celui-là. Ressemble beaucoup au premier Led Zeppelin qui est bien meilleur. Je sais que Page et Beck viennent des Yardbirds, mais j'ai l'impression justement qu'il manque comme une connexion pour moi pour apprécier cet album. Un peu comme avec Clapton. N'ayant pas écouté encore les Yardbirds, en tant qu'album solo, il ne m'accroche pas tant.

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Deed me soms wat denken aan Led Zep en Jimi. Was wel aardig, maar ook weer niet zo indrukwekkend.

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I've always respected Jeff Beck as an exceptional guitarist, but I've never heard his solo music (in fact I didn't know it existed). This is a decent project, nothing terribly memorable though. Obviously the guitar work is great, but that alone isn't enough to elevate this too much. Feels pretty generic unfortunately. Favorite tracks: Let Me Love You, Ol Man River. Album art: Really like the way this is designed, bold black framing and I like the font too. 2.5/5

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Some good rock from JB

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I hate to disappoint my fellow 60s heads, but this wasn't hitting for me.

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Eh

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Bad mixing

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It was an ok blues/rock album that really didn't bring much to the table. Felt like there was a heavier blues influence rather than rock, even though at the time there was the transition phase between the classical blues/blues rock and what we now know today as rock. Best: You Shook Me Worst: Blues Deluxe Note: Spotify had the Remastered album with additional songs, I only listened to the original tracks from the album.

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Wish I could give it zero. We don't need more than one blues recording. They are all the same. Horrible.

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This album did nothing for me, I was just waiting for it to end.

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nope

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Too bluesy, not enough rock. Not to my taste at all, sorry Jeff.

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Sorry, still not a Jeff Beck fan.

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Sounds like a bunch of classic rock bullshit, because it is. Trying to imagine a scenario where I’d want to hear some completely nondescript rock from this era in favor of tried-and-true favorites and am coming up empty. This has its moments, but I’m not about to dive in to dig up more. I’d rather hear Led Zepp for the millionth time. Also, fuck Rod Stewart. 1.5

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Hot ass garbage. Who listens to this stuff?

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Ce n’est pas très intéressant, si ce n’est que pour entendre John-Paul Jones pré-Led Zep. Aussi, Greensleeves a tellement pas rapport là. Pour une liste d’album a avoir écouté, ça ne fait pas très « album » justement.

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Encore Rod stewart.... Pas plus intéressant que the Faces Blues rock un peu générique, rien de transcendant ici... des covers de bluesman américains par des anglais... Encore...

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Did not listen

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I will never support a Scientologist

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