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Anyone who's spent hours poring over the works of Van Morrison and Tim Buckley will find a similar soul on this often-overlooked but fine 1973 release. Reid is best known as the man who turned down Led Zeppelin (and Deep Purple) for a solo career that never quite took flight as he'd hoped. Yet he's a powerful blues singer, with an ability to shift into folk and soul with ease. Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley powers half the album with his salacious slide guitar, which pushes Reid to several transcendent performances. Reid's voice is a flexible instrument, and he works over the tunes with an exploratory hand. "Dean" is husky. "Avenue" is grand and sweeping. "Live Life" mixes funk and gospel. However, nothing prepares the listener for the shift that starts with the title track. After urgent British blues, Reid heads into pastoral folk. "River" adds spirited percussion, but "Dream" and "Milestones" are Reid and acoustic guitar on songs that roll like free verse into the water. Essential.

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Best Artist You Never Heard Of

This guy is just awesome-I found out about him as I'm sure alot of others did-The Movie "Devil's Rejects"- And he has became a jewel in my collection- A different sound that has been buried for 35 years- Just awesome. Unique and powerful music!!!Wasn't disappointed by any of the songs on any of the albums!!!

Hushed Intense Soul--Great Little-Known Singer

Introspective, sinuous flow. British soul/jazz folk--echoes from Nick Drake to to Joni Mitchell to Van Morrison. Plus couple songs with a Lowell George/ G. Dead Americana edge. Gorgeous record. I bought this as soon as it came out and kept it on vinyl for 20 years, long after Terry Reid disappeared. Very happy to hear it again.

Terry Reid was a Pioneer

Of all the Terry Reid albums this is considered by many to be a classic. Ironically, River took the longest to be available in digital form. Reid was the first choice as lead singer for Led Zeppelin. But, other issues prevented this. River features outstanding work from David Lindley who probably gained more fame backing Jackson Browne. Bassist Les Miles work here is not the traditional bass work showing innovative rhythms. All the tracks our terrific but Dean and Avenue are outstanding. Reid also had work produced by none other than Graham Nash. The sound quality is a bit thin. However, considering this is from 1973 you might find some equalization will bring it to life as if recorded today. Reid continues to perform even today.

Biography

Born: November 13, 1949 in England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

British rock singer Terry Reid could have been a lot more famous if he had been able to accept the slot of lead singer for the New Yardbirds in 1968. That slot, of course, went to Robert Plant, and the New Yardbirds became Led Zeppelin. Unlike Plant, Reid was also a guitarist, and the opportunity to head his own group no doubt played a part in his decision to gun for a solo career. Leading a guitar-organ-drums power trio, he recorded a couple of respectable, though erratic, hard rock albums while...
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