TERRY REID – Terry Reid

Terry Reid’s story is one of the great ‘what might have been’ tales of the 60’s/70’s. He released a couple of singles in 1967 and 1968, neither of which did much in the charts, but they did bring him to the attention of Jimmy Page, who asked him to join Led Zeppelin as vocalist. Reid had to decline as he was contracted to Mickie Most at Columbia, but he recommended Robert Plant and the rest is history. Reid then decamped to America where he recorded two albums which once again vanished without trace. More popular now than he was at the time, this self-titled album has been re-issued and shows what an under-rated talent he was. I recall having a cheapo compilation album in the 70’s on the MfP label, which was a collection of Mickie Most productions of the period, and it had a couple of Reid tracks on it, which always stood out because they were so much heavier than the rest of the lightweight fluff on there. I was really pleased, therefore, to discover than both ‘Superlungs My Supergirl’ and ‘Friends’ were on here, along with a host of other really great songs. Mostly self-penned, although it does feature covers of Dylan’s ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ and the aforementioned ‘Superlungs…’ (a Donovan classic), which are joined by a fine remake of ‘Stay With Me Baby’. Reid’s own songs easily stand up with these, with ‘Silver White Light’, ‘Rich Kid’s Blues’, and ‘Marking Time’ being particularly impressive, while ‘May Fly’ showcases his more reflective side. Reid’s voice is superb throughout, and his guitar playing hints that had he joined Zep he might have given Page a run for his money. The CD re-issue of this album is the perfect way to discover this sadly neglected artist, and it also includes a number of bonus tracks, including those early singles ‘The Hand Don’t Fit The Glove’ and ‘Better By Far’, and while they do not really fit in with the rest of the album, they are worth hearing as a piece of history.