Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Terry Reid - Terry Reid (1969)

Reid's initial pair of albums are very similar, and it's really a toss-up as to which one is better. If either rates a slight edge, it would be Terry Reid, as it finds his songwriting skills slightly more developed. The Donovan influence is again apparent on the cover of the Scotsman's "Superlungs My Supergirl," and "Stay with Me Baby" is another well-done blue-eyed soul showcase. As a songwriter, Reid still had a way to go, sounding better on the gentler, folkier numbers than the all-out power trio numbers. Such unfulfilled promise was understandable to a degree, as Reid was not yet 20 when this was released; unfortunately, he would never significantly expand on the promise of his first two LPs. The CD reissue on BGO adds four bonus cuts from the two rare non-LP singles he recorded in 1967 and 1968, prior to the issue of Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid.

1. Terry Reid - Superlungs My Supergirl (2:42)
2. Terry Reid - Silver White Light (2:55)
3. Terry Reid - July (3:33)
4. Terry Reid - Marking Time (3:47)
5. Terry Reid - Stay With Me Baby (4:19)
6. Terry Reid - Highway 61 Revisited / Friends / Highway 61 Revisited (8:07)
7. Terry Reid - May Fly (3:42)
8. Terry Reid - Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace (4:31)
9. Terry Reid - Rich Kid Blues (4:16)
10. Terry Reid - The Hand Don't Fit In The Glove (2:56)
11. Terry Reid - This Time (1:52)
12. Terry Reid - Better By Far (3:30)
13. Terry Reid - Fire's Alive (2:55)
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