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"The most soulful British vocalist ever" The Independent
"A triumph...Terry Reid’s voice has the power to provoke an intense reaction" 4 Stars -The Times
"Astonishing by any standards: spine tingles, hair prickles on back of the neck" The Independent
"When Reid bares those emotions it’s heartbreakingly beautiful" The Guardian
Terry Reid, Superlungs as he’s affectionately known, is without doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices this country has ever produced or is indeed likely to. A Terry Reid concert should be a cherished memory for any self-respecting fan of the greats of British music.
The legend is of turning down the front man’s job with Led Zeppelin, recommending his mate Robert Plant instead, a similar offer and rebuff to Deep Purple; of Aretha Franklin’s statement that The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Terry Reid were the best England had to offer in 1968, of two World Tours with The Rolling Stones, US tours with Cream, UK tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac, The Isle of White Festival in 1969 and Glastonbury in 1970, playing at Mick Jagger’s wedding, then soured record deals and leaving Britain for America nearly 40 years ago. (see www.terryreid.net for full history)
All true of course, but nowhere near the full story. His songs have been covered by artists including Marianne Faithfull, The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Cheap Trick. His 1972 album The River, was re-released in 2002 to massive acclaim prompting Time Out to comment that this ‘lost’ masterpiece is ‘a pastoral landmark in English soul music, the nearest we got to a Tim Buckley’. Graham Nash produced the 1976 classic Seed of Memory and co-wrote several tracks on the album with his friend. The track Horses Through A Rainstorm, co-written by Reid and Nash was included in the CSN box set Carry On in 1991 . Other successful collaborations have seen Terry featured on albums by Don Henley, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt.