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“There’s three things happening in England, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Terry Reid”. ~ Aretha Franklin, 1968
“A triumph...Terry Reid’s voice has the power to provoke an intense reaction...” ~ The Times
“Astonishing by any standards: spine tingles, hair prickles on the back of the neck...” ~ The Independent
Even seeing this in writing it's still not computing, but UK rocker/vocalist Terry Reid and his band (Eddie on guitar, George on bass, both conveniently Jersey guys) will be swinging by the Cozy Cabin May 19 on their Northeast Tour, which includes stops at the Cutting Room and Levon Helm Studios.
From his website:
Terry Reid, ‘Superlungs’ as he’s affectionately known, is without
doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices England 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. Terry turned down the front man’s job with Led Zeppelin, recommending his mate Robert Plant instead, a similar offer and rebuff to Deep Purple. He underwent 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, played at Mick Jagger’s wedding, before soured record deals resulted in Terry leaving Britain for America nearly 40 years ago.
All true, but the full story includes numerous collaborations with
Graham Nash, covers of Reid songs by Marianne Faithfull, The Hollies, The Raconteurs (the hugely popular ‘Rich Kid Blues’), film soundtracks, including a song in George Clooney’s film ‘Up In The Air’, and a catalogue of six albums, including the seminal album The River, re-released to critical acclaim in 2002 and the 1976 Nash produced Seed of Memory. A Reid song ‘Horses Through a Rainstorm’ also features on CSN’s box set. Later on, Terry’s worked with French band Shine and The Alabama 3. Following a Glastonbury return in 2009, he played a three night residency at
Ronnie Scott’s in London, one of only a handful of non-Jazz artists invited to help mark the legendary venue’s 50th Anniversary. He played to packed houses critical acclaim, and returned in 2010 and 2011 to sell out 3 consecutive nights.
In May 2011, he toured Ireland for the first time in 30 years and
released a new live album Live In London which included several
previously unreleased tracks. Terry returned to the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time since 1971 in June. In August ‘America’s
Got Talent’ Winner in 2010, Michael Grimm, included Terry’s song ‘Without Expression’ on his latest album, Gumbo. In the spring, DJ Shadow had invited Terry to write the lyrics to a new track for his Reconstructed album – This became the song ‘Listen’ and the official video got 400,000 plays on Youtube in late 2012.
In April, 2016 Terry worked in Johnny Depp’s home studio with
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on a song for the guitarist’s forthcoming album. The same month Light in the Attic announced the release of The Side of the River, a collection of unreleased material and alternate takes from the 1973 album sessions for the twice-recorded River. David Fricke of Rolling Stone wrote, “these outtakes are a marvelous window in the making of Reid’s original, underrated classic- and a seductive triumph on their own”. John Dale of Uncut said, “the end result is some of the most compelling and gorgeous rock music of the decade."
Terry has continued to tour, ending 2018 on a high note with his
much talked about appearance on Later...with Jools Holland. Here's To Be Treated Rite from that performance:
2019 promises to be very exciting (of course it will be, he's coming to the Cozy Cabin!), as Terry will be working on a new album with all new material. I must admit, I hadn't heard of Terry, nor did my music friend in the UK, but apparently many others have; my United State of Music brother Joe saw Terry open for Cream at Madison Square Garden in November 1968 (Joe showed me the stub, the concert was a mere $5.00), the first concert he ever attended! This is certain to be a one-of-a-kind performance; as the booking agent said, "Superlungs" will give [us] a hellava show."