Halifax-based rockers King Harvest & The Weight have released a benefit track for Terry Reid. The tribute song is a cover of Terry Reid’s track “Faith To Arise” which was originally featured on his 1976 Graham Nash-produced album, Seed of Memory. The song is up for a pay-what-you-can basis with all proceeds going directly to Terry. The track was lovingly mastered by @jonastley (Led Zeppelin, The Who, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones) who graciously gave his time for free in the name of this good cause. King Harvest & The Weight’s debut album Maps is out June 20th.
The band have 100 limited edition prints alongside the single on sale on their Bandcamp page with all proceeds going to Terry Reid. In 1968, Aretha Franklin said: “There are only three things happening in London: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Terry Reid.” Often described as “The most amazing rock vocalist you’ve never heard of”, Terry Reid is a treasured artist and lyrical poet whose brilliant work has been covered by CSN&Y, Jack White, John Mellencamp, Marianne Faithful, The Hollies, and Paul Westerberg to name just a few. CV Music recently honoured him with their Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016.
Terry reluctantly turned down an offer to sing in Jimmy Page’s ‘new’ post-Yardbirds band in the late ’60s, suggesting they audition Band of Joy frontman, Robert Plant instead. Led Zeppelin were formed and the rest is history. In 2004, Plant, on stage with Reid, said “This man should have had my life.”
With years of bad luck, litigation nightmares, mismanagement, label bankruptcy, a custody battle, and whatever else, Terry – now 66 – lives modestly in a two-bedroom rental, with several of his treasured and unique guitars languishing in a pawn shop for far too long.