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Book Review: Truth – Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and the Jeff Beck Group by D. Thompson

February 14, 2011 by  

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Book Review: Truth – Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and the Jeff Beck Group by D. Thompson

Book Review: Truth – Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and the Jeff Beck Group by Dave Thompson
RATING: 7/10
Cherry Red Books – ISBN 1-901447-60-X

‘Truth’ by The Jeff Beck Group is said to be one of the most influential rock albums ever produced, and Dave Thompson’s book looks at the evidence, speaks to the involved people, and tries to set forth a case.

The 1968 album contains the prototype of loud music and loud vocals that laid the foundations for such 1970’s rock giants as Led Zeppelin, indeed ‘Led Zeppelin I’ and Truth contain a same song in ‘You Shook Me’ an inclusion that soured the long term friendship of Beck and Jimmy Page, Beck’s fellow former Yardbird and founder member of Led Zeppelin.

Before he became a purveyor of smooth songs with his Amercan Songbook series of albums, Rod Stewart was an admired rock singer, whilst Truth also featured bass player Ron Wood, who would go onto find world renown as a member of the Rolling Stones and subject of gossip columns.

The book looks at the historical context of the album, and wear it fitted in the musical scene. It was the loud boisterous cousin of albums by the Rolling Stones, and the school bully of folk and jazz.

Beck’s truculent nature is shown in the book, and the uneasy relationship between Stewart and Beck is illustrated throughout the book, although each retained respectfor the other’s talent, performing and recording Curtis Mayfield song ‘People Get ready’in the 1980’s.

Thompson draws on new and old interviews and news in putting this thoroughly researched book together, and although albums like this are bound to split opinion, reading the book will give the reader more of an insight into the music scene of the late 1968’s, and which will make them listen to an album that still sounds good, and more importantly perhaps, loud, more than 40 years after it was first recorded.

– by Ben Macnair



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