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Terry Reid

A minor but interesting late-'60s British rock singer, Terry Reid could have been a lot more famous if he had been able to accept the slot of lead singer for the New Yardbirds in 1968. That slot, of course, went to Robert Plant, and the New Yardbirds became Led Zeppelin. Unlike Plant, Reid was also a guitarist, and the opportunity to head his own group no doubt played a part in his decision to gun for a solo career. Leading a guitar-organ-drums power trio, he recorded a couple of respectable, though erratic, hard rock albums while still a teenager in the late '60s. Some bad breaks and creative stagnation combined to virtually bring his career to a halt, and he never cashed in on the momentum of his promising start. A teen prodigy of sorts, Reid had turned professional at the age of 15 to join Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers. His first couple of singles as a headliner found him singing in a sort of poppy blue-eyed soul vein. But by the time of his 1968 debut Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid, produced by Mickie Most, he'd switched to more of a hard rock approach. Most was also handling Donovan and the Jeff Beck Group at the time, and similarities to both of those acts can be heard in Terry Reid's first two albums -- proto-hard rock on the louder tunes, sweeter folk-rock on the mellow ones (Reid in fact covered a couple of Donovan compositions, although he wrote most of his own material). Reid's high voice was reminiscent of Robert Plant's, though not nearly as shrill, and his folky numbers especially are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin's most acoustic early cuts. Reid, oddly, was considerably more well-known in the U.S. than the U.K. His first album, very oddly, was not even issued in Britain, although it made the American Top 200. It's been reported that he at least in part declined Jimmy Page's offer to join Led Zeppelin owing to his contractual commitments to record for Mickie Most as a solo artist, and to perform as an opening solo artist on the Rolling Stones' late-'60s U.S. tour. He did influence Led Zeppelin's history in a big way by recommending Plant and drummer John Bonham as suitable candidates for the group's lineup, after Plant and Bonham's pre-Led Zep outfit (the Band of Joy) played support at one of Reid's early gigs. Reid felt confident enough in his solo prospects to also turn down an offer to join Deep Purple (Ian Gillan was recruited instead). An opening spot on the Rolling Stones' famous 1969 tour of America seemed to augur even brighter prospects for the future, but this is precisely where Reid's career stalled, at the age of 20. First he became embroiled in litigation with Mickey Most, which curtailed his studio activities in the early '70s. After a couple of personnel changes, he disbanded his original trio, leading a group for a while that included David Lindley and ex-King Crimson drummer Michael Giles (this quartet, however, didn't release any records). He moved to California in 1971 and signed to Atlantic, but his long-delayed third album didn't appear until 1973. Reid would release albums for other labels in 1976 and 1979, but none of his '70s recordings were well-received, critically or commercially (though 1976's Seed of Memory did briefly chart). He's barely recorded since, though he did play some sessions, and The Driver appeared in 1991. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Terry Reid

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Terry Reid

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Terry Reid

  1.   Song
  2.   Walk Away Renee
  3.   Driver (Part 2)
  4.   Turn Around
  5.   Silver White Light
  6.   Driver (Part 1)
  7.   All I Have to Do Is Dream
  8.   Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
  9.   Superlungs My Supergirl
  10.   Penny
  11.   The Hand Don't Fit the Glove
  12.   Zodiac Blues
  13.   It's Gonna Be Morning
  14.   Milestones
  15.   Live Life
  16.   Dean
  17.   Then I Kissed Her
  18.   Believe in the Magic
  19.   Stop and Think It Over
  20.   Ain't No Shadow
  21.   Bowangi
  22.   Funny How Time Slips Away
  23.   Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
  24.   Right to the End
  25.   Stay with Me Baby
  26.   I'll Take Good Care Of You
  27.   There's Nothing Wrong
  28.   Hand of Dimes
  29.   When I Get Home
  30.   Sweater
  31.   Without Expression
  32.   Dream
  33.   River
  34.   Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
  35.   Highway 61 Revisited/Friends/Highway 61 Revisited
  36.   This Time
  37.   Avenue
  38.   Fire's Alive
  39.   Laugh at Life
  40.   Rogue Wave
  41.   Just Walk in My Shoes
  42.   Fifth of July
  43.   Erica
  44.   Tinker Taylor
  45.   Marking Time
  46.   Ain't That Peculiar
  47.   Summer Sequence
  48.   May Fly
  49.   July
  50.   Better by Far
  51.   Rich Kid Blues
  52.   Things to Try
  53.   Gimme Some Lovin'
  54.   Baby I Love You
  55.   The Whole of the Moon
  56.   Writing on the Wall/Summertime Blues
  57.   Rich Old Lady
  58.   Season of the Witch
  59.   If You Let Her
  60.   I've Got News for You
  61.   Highway 61 Revisited/Friends
  62.   Conan, television series score~In Love and War, song
  63.   Faith to Arise
  64.   Seed of Memory
  65.   Brave Awakening
  66.   To Be Treated Rite
  67.   Ooh Baby (Make Me Feel So Young)
  68.   The Way You Walk
  69.   The Frame
  70.   Fooling You
  71.   Writing on the Wall
  72.   Summertime Blues
  73.   When You Get Home
  74.   C'mon Mary
  75.   No Good Situation
  76.   Rich Kid Blues/To Be Alone With You
  77.   Secrets
  78.   Take the Time
  79.   I Can't Stand the Rain
  80.   The Road We Chose
  81.   One Night With You
  82.   Hong Kong
  83.   I Need Your Lovin'
  84.   I'll Take Good Care of You
  85.   Funny How Time Slips Away
  86.   Without Expression (2003 Mix)
  87.   Highway 61 Revisited (2003 Mix)
  88.   To Be Treated
  89.   Funny
  90.   Anyway
  91.   Medley
  92.   No Name
  93.   Bowang!
  94.   Right to the Wrong
  95.   The Driver (Pt. I)