Blast From The Past – Terry Reid
Whilst it would be unfair to refer to Terry Reid as the nearly man of British Rock it must be said that for whatever reason, possibly fate, he never reached the heights that he had the potential to reach.
Born in November 1949 he has had a career as a supporting act, a session musician, and sideman.
His first break came in 1966 when his then band The Jayhawks were invited to support the Stones at the RAH at which he became friends with Graham Nash then of The Hollies who helpled secure the band a deal with Columbia Records. Though they had a minor single success in 1967 the band were fated to disband.
Terry then caught the attention of Mickie Most who recorded and released the album “Bang Bang You’re Terry Reid”
Guitarist Jimmy Page became interested in Reid’s work, and when The Yardbirds disbanded, Page wanted Reid to fill the vocalist spot for his proposed new group, the New Yardbirds, which was to become Led Zeppelin.
Reid had however already committed to go on the road with the Rolling Stones (as an opening act on the 1969 US Tour). So he suggested to Page that he consider a young Birmingham singer, Robert Plant, instead, having previously seen Plant’s Band of Joy as a support act at one of his concerts.
The rest was history and so the choices taken at life’s crossroads can take or give so much along life’s path.
Reid also later turned down an offer to join Deep Purple when they decided to replace singer Rod Evans; Ian Gillan was given the position instead.
Instead of fronting what became Led Zeppelin Terry concentrated on recording and releasing what is regarded as his best album 1969’s “Terry Reid”
Here is “Rich Kid Blues” from German television.
The album also include a take on Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” with “Friends” in the middle.
Also featured is a cover of a real classic.
In December 1969 Reid had a falling out with producer Mickie Most, who wanted Reid to become a balladeer, and to strictly follow his own formula. Reid then left England and settled in California to sit out the remainder of his contract with Most, making only sporadic live performances during that period.
In 1970, he returned briefly to England to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival, supported by David Lindley and Tim Davis.
Reid is filmed performing in Glastonbury Fayre, the 1971 film by David Puttnam. In 1973, Reid returned with a new contract with Atlantic Records and a new album entitled River. Produced by Yes’s Eddie Offord, the album received favourable reviews, but was a commercial flop.
Over the next decade, Reid switched to different labels in search of a winning formula; Seed of Memory released by ABC Records in 1976 (produced by Graham Nash), and Rogue Waves released by Capitol Records in 1979.
He retired his solo career in 1981 to concentrate on session work, appearing on albums by Don Henley, Jackson Browne, UFO High Stakes & Dangerous Men and Bonnie Raitt.
In 1991, Reid returned with former Yes producer Trevor Horn, on the album The Driver. The album featured a cover version of the Spencer Davis Group classic, “Gimme Some Lovin'”, which had earlier appeared on the Days of Thunder soundtrack. “The Whole of the Moon”, written by Mike Scott, was released as a single and received considerable airplay.
Reid has since been playing occasional live gigs with a band which has included Brian Auger. In the 1990s he also toured in the US and Hong Kong with ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.
To buy the music of Terry Reid click HERE
Bonus Track :- “Writing On The Wall” 1969 John Peel Session
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