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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.   Marking Time
  3.   There's Nothing Wrong
  4.   Season of the Witch
  5.   I'll Take Good Care Of You
  6.   Penny
  7.   Ain't That Peculiar
  8.   Without Expression
  9.   Rich Kid Blues
  10.   Hand of Dimes
  11.   Rogue Wave
  12.   Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
  13.   Fifth of July
  14.   Believe in the Magic
  15.   Highway 61 Revisited/Friends/Highway 61 Revisited
  16.   Funny How Time Slips Away
  17.   Zodiac Blues
  18.   Gimme Some Lovin'
  19.   The Whole of the Moon
  20.   Things to Try
  21.   Stop and Think It Over
  22.   Walk Away Renee
  23.   Bowangi
  24.   Just Walk in My Shoes
  25.   Tinker Taylor
  26.   This Time
  27.   Sweater
  28.   When I Get Home
  29.   Dream
  30.   Right to the End
  31.   It's Gonna Be Morning
  32.   Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
  33.   Rich Old Lady
  34.   Avenue
  35.   Turn Around
  36.   Better by Far
  37.   Driver (Part 2)
  38.   Ain't No Shadow
  39.   The Hand Don't Fit the Glove
  40.   All I Have to Do Is Dream
  41.   River
  42.   Milestones
  43.   Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
  44.   Dean
  45.   Live Life
  46.   Driver (Part 1)
  47.   Summer Sequence
  48.   Silver White Light
  49.   Baby I Love You
  50.   Laugh at Life
  51.   Fire's Alive
  52.   Erica
  53.   Writing on the Wall/Summertime Blues
  54.   Superlungs My Supergirl
  55.   If You Let Her
  56.   Then I Kissed Her
  57.   Stay With Me Baby
  58.   May Fly
  59.   July
  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)
  96.   The Driver, Pt. 1
  97.   The Driver, Pt. 2