Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 4,000 Numbered Copies on 180g 45RPM
Exceptional Clarity, and Full Tonality
Steeped in Blues, Swing, Heaviness, and Firepower: 1968 Landmark Remains One of the Most Influential Albums
Ever Released, Served as Key Blueprint for Hard Rock
The core lineup—Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Mickey Waller, Ron Wood—responsible for the groundbreaking performances Truth alone qualifies as a watershed accomplishment. That the 1968 landmark predated and impacted Led Zeppelin’s debut; involved members of Zeppelin, the Faces, and the Who; continues to be cited as the blueprint for hard rock; and unspools with indescribable guitar wizardry and primal energy put it into rarefied territory.
Considering the record also involves Rolling Stones session/touring pianist Nicky Hopkins, Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and Who drummer Keith Moon—and includes a rendition of “You Shook Me” that inspired Page—the sheer importance and scope of Truth cannot be over-exaggerated. Neither can the brilliance of the performances or inventiveness of Beck’s approaches. Among the most influential sets ever released, Beck’s solo debut has never spoken with more truth than on these exceptional reissues.
Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 4,000 numbered copies on 180g 45RPM 2LP and 2,500 copies on hybrid stereo SACD, Mobile Fidelity’s versions put you in Abbey Road and Olympic Sound Studios with the band. Free of the haze and thinness of prior editions, they present the music with three-dimensional depth, revealing texture, and unmistakable liveliness. Just as crucially, and in line with Beck’s request in the original liner notes, they also can be played loud without harshness and distortion. The full measure of Waller’s foundation-busting percussive thunder can now be enjoyed without limitations. Ditto Wood’s steadying rhythms, and the grit and grain present in Stewart’s deliveries—not to mention the tones echoing from Beck’s notes, sustains, bends, glissandos, slides, and chords. From start to finish, there’s not a single lapse.
And that’s the straight truth.
1. Shapes of Things
2. Let Me Love You
1. Morning Dew
2. You Shook Me
3. Ol’ Man River
2. Rock My Plimsoul
3. Beck’s Bolero
1. Blues De Luxe
2. I Ain’t Superstitious
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You don’t need to be ‘Old & Wise’ to know this is an absolute essential!Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s RTI pressed 180g 45RPM 2LP and hybrid SACD versions of Eye in the Sky feature succulent warmth, magnificent balance, low-end heft, and see-through transparency that take you into the studio with Parsons at Abbey Road Studios. Each note seems perfectly placed, every sequence painstakingly considered. Boasting front-to- back depth, concert-hall-level separation, realistic presence, and bang-on accuracy, the reissues illustrate the lasting importance of perfectionist-minded engineering and recording techniques. These releases will test the capabilities of the world’s finest stereo systems. There’s more information, more texture, more nuance— more of everything to be experienced. British progressive rock would never again sound so sophisticated, suave, or steady.
#338 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Big Brother and Joplin Convey Fearlessness, Toughness, and Synergy on Every NoteIn many facets, Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills is the quintessential album to spring from the outcome of the Summer of Love. Best known as Janis Joplin's major-label debut, the 1968 set arrived when the countercultural movement was in full swing and before co-optation, drugs, and violence signaled the fall of the era. Ranked #338 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it puts a female singer in the prominent position traditionally given to a male and showcases a band pouring a potent cocktail of fiery psychedelic, blues, and folk sounds that informed the unfettered creativity of the San Francisco scene. Produced by John Simon, Cheap Thrills also features one of the most iconic and elaborate album covers in history.
Diverse Set Encompasses Ballads, Waltzes, Hard-Swinging BopBill Evans catapulted to the top of the jazz world in June 1961 after reeling off three straight masterpiece sessions at New York’s Village Vanguard with his trio. Yet the emotional highs came to a screeching halt shortly thereafter when bassist Scott LaFaro died in a car accident. Devastated, Evans refrained from playing for nearly a year. If not for an inspirational collaboration of tremendous creative outpouring, one wonders what fate may have befallen Evans. Undercurrent, the outcome of two studio sessions with guitarist Jim Hall, is that project.
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