More, instead then, from the excellent guitarist and singer who famously told Led Zeppelin – The New Yardbirds, rather – where to f@cking stick it. Politely; after committing to the opening slot on the Rolling Stones\’ 1969 US tour. It was Reid himself who suggested Robert Plant as an option.
These two Reid compositions were originally to be found on his second album release, titled \”Move Over for Terry Reid\” in the States. Pencilled in to appear at Altamont in December – which might have done much to cement his reputation internationally in spite of that festival\’s notorious failings – Reid pulled out, or was dismissed from the bill, as the result of insurmountable differences with manager, Mickie Most. Beset with contractual obligations which prevented him from recording new material, Reid relocated to California to weather the storm, returning to England in August 1970 to perform alongside Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Festival.
\”May Fly\” is indicative of the direction Most pressed Reid to concentrate on working towards, to the exclusion of more Modish leanings; while the second cut here – a belter, in the best power pop tradition – almost anticipates the Glam racket of Slade, at the same time retaining the hallucinogenic sparkle of North London\’s The Action or the Small Faces at their melodic best.
Terry Reid: guitar and vocals; Pete Solley: keyboards;
Keith Webb: drums.
Produced by Mickie Most.
Best wishes also to Beccy, Chris and James.
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