Terry Reid - Seed Of Memory
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 14/05/2011 13:27:00
Really great album by one of the best, and most underrated, vocalists this country has ever produced. Never tire of listening to this album. Full of emotion and great songs. Don't hesitate, buy now.
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Two albums in a row with no cover versions ¿ well done Terry
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 19/04/2008 19:15:09
This, the belated 1976 follow-up to 1973's "River", was produced by Graham Nash. Rarely for a Reid album ("River" itself being the only other) there are no covers here - it's all originals, thank God. I think that covers, excellent though they may be, are wasted space on a Terry Reid album, as his original material is so good that I really want to hear more of his songs, not someone else's. The band still has Lee Miles on bass and David Lindley on acoustic and slide guitar and violin. Special guests turning up include Tim Weisberg on flute, Al Perkins on additional steel guitar, Marvin Gaye's drummer James gadson (on two tracks) and Graham Nash on harmonies with Reid. There are also some unusual instruments used such as a balalaika (I knew you'd ask - it's some sort of Russian guitar-like instrument with a triangular body I understand).
The sleeve-notes say that this is a far superior album to "River" but I must totally disagree. "River" is far and away the superior of the two.
"Faith to Arise" is a pleasant, mid-paced album opener, with lovely guitar. This and track 2, the title track "Seed of Memory", along with tracks 7 and 8, are 5* tracks (the rest being 4*) which sound like they could be leftovers from the "River" sessions or at least written with the "River" songs. Unsurprising I suppose with Miles and Lindley still in tow. "Seed of Memory" is a beautiful, slow rock number with an extremely memorable chorus and hook. It speeds up a little in the middle then drops back into the slow groove again. This one really showcases Reid's vocals, which sound double-tracked at times though it could be Graham Nash on harmonies.
"To be Treated Rite", though not as good as tracks 1 and 2, is a powerful, slow, acoustic number. It ambles along beautifully but sounds oh so familiar, whether from hearing the track itself or from another song I'm not quite sure. "Ooh Baby (Make me Feel so Young)" is another funky track with horns and a persistent bass, again showcasing Reid's vocals well. Track 6 "The Way You Walk" settles almost immediately into a slow, funky groove with prominent scratchy and buzzing guitar over a heavy bass-line.
The penultimate track "The Frame" is another funky number with a heavy bass-line and drums and a lovely sax line (courtesy of Plas Johnson). A definite 5* rating for this. The final track "Fooling You" is the slowest and quietest on the album and again features some excellent sax. This is yet another 5* track.
An admirable follow-up to "River" then and its closest relative in sound, though not up to the same standard. It still gets a well-deserved 5* rating.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 14/10/2007 17:47:21
Many of these tracks you will recognise from a film by Rob Zombie called "The Devils Rejects". This is the main reason i brought this album because i was very impressed with the music in the film.
One of the most under-rated musicians of my generation, Terry Reid is one my personal favourites. Such an amazing array of different rythem structures and genres.
What are you still reading this for? Buy it! Trust me, you wont be dissapointed. I love this album! Peace!
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