Wednesday, December 2, 2009


On Sunday night, I watched the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert on HBO. The four hour show featured performances from the two shows at Madison Square Garden. There was a lot of very good music that gave me an number of ideas for the blog.

Jeff Beck, who was a substitute for Eric Clapton, was excellent. Eric had an medical emergency and was unable to play at the last minute. Watching Jeff Beck play made me think about this classic album.

Truth was released in August of 1968. That fall I was a prisoner at the Pottstown School for Wayward Boys. I can remember listening to Truth with Neil Ayer in his room in Upper School. We were listening to a lot of guitar based blues and hard rock at that time. Jimi Hendrix, Cream and later Blind Faith were big on our playlists. This album from Jeff Beck fit nicely with that group.

The players on this album included Jeff Beck (guitar), Rod Stewart (vocals) Micky Waller (drums), and Ronnie Wood (Bass). There were also contributions from Nicky Hopkins, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.

The album features Beck's excellent guitar and Stewart's vocals, which were never better. The track list is an eclectic mix of original songs and some nice covers including Willie Dixon's You Shook Me and I Ain't Superstitious. Here are two of my favorite cuts from the album:

Truth is available on iTunes and from Amazon.