British rock singer Terry Reid could have been a lot more famous if he had wanted 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 talented 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, hard rock albums while still a teenager in the late ’60s.
A teen prodigy, Reid turned professional at the age of 15 to join Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers. 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. 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.
After a couple of personnel changes, the original trio was disbanded, leading to a group that, for a while, included David Lindley and ex-King Crimson drummer Michael Giles. Moving to California in 1971 and signing to Atlantic, but his much anticipated third album didn’t appear until 1973.
Reid’s catalogue was reissued on various labels in the 21st century, and there was a resurgence of interest in his music as well. The Raconteurs recorded “Rich Kid Blues” for inclusion on 2008’s Consolers of the Lonely, and made it a centrepiece of their live shows. He provided three songs to the soundtrack for Rob Zombie’s horror film The Devil’s Rejects. In 2009, he played Glastonbury and WOMAD festivals. Two years later, toured Ireland for the first time in 30 years and released the Live in London; including performances of several new songs.
In 2012, Reid was invited to play London’s most famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, in celebration of their 50th anniversary – selling out three nights. Also returning to Glastonbury and playing the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time since 1971. Reid’s songs gained traction with 2000s pop artists. Rumer featured “Brave Awakening” on her charting Boys Don’t Cry album. America’s Got Talent winner Michael Grimm included “Without Expression” on his album Gumbo. DJ Shadow collaborated with Reid, who wrote lyrics for “Listen” that appeared on Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow.
Reid toured the U.K. in 2013 and 2014, performing the whole of Seed of Memory at the Borderline. In April 2016, the Washington Post ran a story about Reid working in Johnny Depp’s home studio with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on a song for the guitarist’s forthcoming solo album. The same month, Light in the Attic announced the release of The Other Side of the River, a collection of unreleased material and alternate takes from the 1973 album sessions for the twice-recorded River – some that Reid didn’t even remember!
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