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Terry Reid

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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

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