Terry Reid On Unknown Sundays 2024


Opportunity costs.  The fork in the road.  The choices we make, the reasons we make them, and then living on with them or in spite of them.  These are the heavy weights of living, not only for your dreams, but quite possibly for the dreams and lives of others.  None of us are strangers to this scenario, and all of us should have/could have that opportunity no matter what that goal/choice may be.  We live for the options of better, greater, and leaving our marks on this world, but sometimes when we get there (if we are indeed fortunate enough to put ourselves into that position by hard work and luck), the decision is not that easy.  According to the Headstones, on  their 1995 album Teeth and Tissue, “Clocking time slim chance is all you need, In living dying trying to find a life with guarantees, To know what it’s like to stand up and walk away, To know what it’s like to see someone else exhibit hindsight.  It still stings, it’s still ringing.” Hindsight, how we live with it, and what we do after the decision we made (regardless of the validity at that moment).  It’s happened to all of us, at certain age, and it’s going to happen to those coming forth in age.  Today, Terry Reid On Unknown Sundays 2024, and two forks in the road and the decisions he made, that for some reason, leaves him obscure to this day in the music multiverse.

“Superlungs,” Terry Reid, of St. Neots England, born in 1949.  A hard bluesy-rock with range to folk singer, and good songwriter messing around with a band called Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers.  Opening for the Yardbirds on some day in 1966, which caught the ear of a certain, legendary guitarist within that band.  “He had an impressive gutsy delivery for a 16 year old and he made a marked impression on me.”  That is the words of Jimmy Page, of course, and when the Yardbirds disbanded two years later, Terry Reid would be the first name he thought of to be in his next band, Led Zeppelin.  Terry Reid knows he is a blues rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and respected English vocalist at these times.  Hell, when Aretha Franklin makes a comment that the only things going on in England are The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Terry Reid, that’s kind of telling the score of things.  An astonishing comment, considering I am sure (besides those of a certain age and across the wonderful Atlantic Ocean to the right) most of you might be hearing his name for the first time?  No.  Let me get into why, and you’ll understand why it isn’t.

Mr. Reid was already promised to The Rolling Stones live tours, and considering their spotlight versus an unnamed band (well, The New Yardbirds maybe), Reid knew that guaranteed money and exposure was important.  I’m sure Page knew it, too.  Therefore, unless Page was ready to apologize to Keith Richards and give him an advance on the loss of revenue — there was not going to be an opportunity to hear that combination.  Reid, did however, mention another singer…for Page, which apparently worked out super-well for everyone.  So, opportunity cost at the time — a choice well made on both sides for Reid.  But, we do know where it went from there for Page and his bandmates.  Please be aware that Band of Joy, which is what Reid was referring to when talking about Robert Plant, was where he also mentioned their drummer, John Bohnam.  So, Terry Reid is truly an ear, which would serve him later, too.  Richie Blackmore would also try to get Terry Reid for Deep Purple before Ian Gillan in 1969.  I’m not sure if Terry Reid was responsible for leading Blackmore to Gillan (I assume not)., but considering the ear and scope of his reach, I guess it should not surprise anyone if that was the case.  So, Aretha was right, and then some.  He probably turned down Fiddler on the Roof and Pippin.’

Fast forward past several very good solo albums (no, I mean it, they are very very good), and Terry Reid hangs up his solo album nature for producing.  Remember, this also comes on the heals of having been one of the best opening acts of all time possibly!  He opened for The Rolling Stones, Cream, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, and a private gig at Jagger’s wedding!  His shout-blue-rock and folk could come at any moment in a song.  He had a range and register that truly could be called the male version of Aretha Franklin in some instances and uses.  He was also very keen to the changing landscape and sound around him decade after decade, which leads to the session works with everyone from Don Henley, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt, but it doesn’t stop there.  His songs, (again you need to go back and listen to his catalog) wind up being licensed in too many movies to mention, but I’ll name drop a few here (and some are multiple songs on a soundtrack):

  1. Days of Thunder
  2. The Devil’s Rejects
  3. Wonderland
  4. Win It All
  5. Up In the Air
  6. The Greatest Game Ever Played

His songs have also been covered by:

  • Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  • The Hollies
  • Jack White
  • Cheap Trick
  • Joe Perry
  • Rumer
  • Chris Cornell

Now you have context.  I like Mr. Reid to another guy in another profession that passed up being Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice, Gary Cole.  While that’s a hell of story to tell, and I’m sure they both have to live to tell it more times than they care to, it doesn’t define them.  They made their career paths, took their opportunity costs on the chin, but continued on in their professions to their own legacy and pride (Gary Cole certainly has been a staple in network television with The Midnight Caller, American Gothic, The Family Guy and NCIS, as well as films like The Brady Bunch, Office Space, The Jones, Blockers…hell he even guest starred on Miami Vice).  Terry Reid has a vocal and command of his music that leads me to believe that his choices, his career path, and his entire life were close to exactly what his intentions were.  And, in hindsight, and hind-ear, he really has continued to have an incredible career that will live on with both sides — his choice and the opportunity costs that — in this case — is very cool to talk and hear about!

Mr. Terry Reid’s albums are hard to come by, my music multiverse friends (for the right price), so I do not have any of them in my catalog currently, but I will be searching and hoping to find them.  Good luck to you as well, that wish to fill that collection void, but rejoice that his catalog is just a click away.  Your choice (musical fork in the road – wink) go with River (1973), or go with Seed of Memory (1976).  You can’t go wrong.

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