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Number 229

Terry Reid - River (Atlantic SD7259)

I first became aware of Terry Reid when I read somewhere that he was the first choice as lead singer with Led Zeppelin before Robert Plant got the gig. He turned it down but apparently suggested Plant instead. 'Superlungs', as Terry is sometimes known, also turned down a similar offer from Deep Purple, but instead went out on world tours with The Rolling Stones, American tours with Cream, UK tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac. This information sparked some interest. When Nicolas Roeg's film documentary Glastonbury Fayre was released in the early 1970s, Terry Reid was featured with a tight and funky band, which included drummer Andy White and David Lindley on slide guitar. The song featured in the film was a loose improvisation of Dean, which later appeared on this album, featuring a guest vocal courtesy of Linda Lewis who was also on the bill in 1971. I suppose, aside from the music, the other memorable thing about this footage is the strange hat Terry was wearing, which for all intents and purposes could have been made from one of Michael Eavis' sheep down on Worthy Farm. Terry Reid's third album River is probably most remembered for the contribution of slide player David Lindley.