The Pure Gold imprint is a subsidiary of the Dutch reissue label Disky, which has a relationship with EMI allowing it to assemble compilations for the European market. This one looks at EMI's holdings of Jeff Beck recordings, which span 1967-1969 and include several singles and the albums Truth and Beck-Ola. The title song was a Top 20 hit for Beck in the U.K. in 1967 and features a rare lead vocal by the guitarist. The lush instrumental "Love Is Blue" was a Top 40 British hit for Beck in 1968. Of the other ten tracks, three, "All Shook Up," "Jailhouse Rock," and "The Hangman's Knee," come from Beck-Ola, and the other seven are from Truth. The two albums were actually credited to the Jeff Beck Group, which at the time featured Rod Stewart on vocals, and the spare credits for the compilation add the notation "Feat. Rod Stewart" to six tracks, even though he does not actually appear on "Beck's Bolero" and "Greensleeves," for which he is credited, and he does appear on "Jailhouse Rock," "Let Me Love You," "Ol' Man River," and "The Hangman's Knee," for which he is not credited. There is nothing wrong with the material on this album, but it is better heard on the original albums for which it was recorded instead of on this random budget compilation.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann