Youll recognize Terry Reid on an elemental level. When his blues wail rises on a torrent of unknown vowels, or he caresses the buzz of the amplifiers in a fey British lilt, Reid oftentimes sounds like the wild seed of Robert Plant and Donovan. He was a contemporary of both Reid was Jimmy Pages first choice to sing for what would become Led Zeppelin but his work hasnt resonated in the ensuing years. Naturally that quiet legacy has built him a cultish following among musicians and sundry longhairs (Reid even resembles rock prima donna Ryan Adams on Superlungs cover), and Astralwerks is tapping that market in vintage musical antiheroes with this retrospective. You can imagine a young Patti Smith listening to the wooly fury of the Donovan-penned title track, and its the tumbling psyche-rock of Marking Time, and Silver White Light that make the most immediate impression on Superlungs. Reids the typical English folkie for ballads like July and May Fly, and hes a blues rambler for Dylans Highway 61 Revisited. Superlungs has a little of everything, but at its center is Reids voice. Indeed: Hed convince anyone with the pleading, anguish and intimacy in Stay With Me Baby.
Johnny Loftus writes about music for Metro Times. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.