Sat Eye Candy: Terry Reid


Terry Reid was the man Jimmy Page originally wanted to sing in Led Zeppelin. Reid turned him down, preferring to helm his own solo career, and this footnote has long defined this musical lifer to many. However, if one listens in to the music Reid made in the years that followed his choice one discovers a vibrant, unique vocalist, a fierce, tough guitarist and a songwriter of enduring might. His self-titled 1969 album and 1973's River are too bonafide classic rock treasures, the latter featuring some of the most eloquent, gorgeous playing ever from David Lindley. While not nearly as prolific in recent years, Reid continues to play clubs worldwide, often with high-powered musician pals stopping by to jam with the master. Serious record geeks have long been hip to Reid's catalog, and JamBase is happy to provide a nudge towards the unconverted today in honor of the man's 61st birthday today. Reid really is all that and the proverbial bag o' chips, and the curious should begin their explorations with Water Records' reissue of River and the boffo 2-CD anthology Super Lungs The Complete Studio Recordings 1966-1969. Hey, if he's good enough for Cheap Trick to tackle on their debut ("Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace") or for The Raconteurs to cover ("Rich Kid Blues") he's certainly good enough for you! (Dennis Cook)

We begin with one of the best numbers in Reid's early arsenal.

Here's Reid in 2006 performing one of his most meditative, moving songs at Dingwalls in London.

This clip features a portion of Reid's performance at the very first Glastonbury festival, a real workout where he's joined late in the tune by another unsung 70s great Linda Lewis.

Not hard to understand why Jack White and his pals wanted to dig into this one.

And here's The Raconteurs tackling the tune at Glastonbury a few years ago.

Here's Terry getting funky on a Michael Jackson cover with guitar whiz Waddy Wachtel.

A more laidback version than the fire-breather that appears on Terry Reid, this is still a sweet take on Bob Dylan's classic.

Here's Cheap Trick covering Reid's "Speak Now," which always proves a great springboard for this band.

Back to Dingwalls for one of Reid's songs that's been covered by The Hollies, CSNY and John Mellancamp, amongst others.

Two of Reid's thoughtful best. It's impossible to pin down in words how lovely and real and necessary this music is. Many thanks to GoodGigsVids for posting these clips on YouTube.

River is one amazing track after another, but this is the best boogie in the bunch, particularly on this live version. You're cheating yourself if you don't explore Terry's music. That's just a fact.

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[Published on: 11/13/10]

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