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The Keith Reid Project - The Common Thread

Review by The Rock'n'Roll Oatcake, online

Don’t normally post CD rveiews [sic] on here but this one is worthy of further exposure and is out on 29 August

Keith Reid formed Procul [sic] Harum with Gary Brooker and was responsible for the band’s lyrics throughout their career. He has now assembled a fine cast of musicians and vocalists for his own project whose musical style dips its toes into folk, rock, AOR, Latin and more. Fear not though despite this pot purée [sic] of styles it all holds together well due to Reid’s lyrics and the fine vocals

The AOR comes from John Waite on In God’s Shadow and the simply wonderful Gold Fever - Waite as ever sounds on top form. Southside Johnny rattles through two songs, the up tempo Ninety-Nine Degrees In The Shade and the album’s title track, both of which sound just like Southside Johnny’s own songs! Bernie Shanathan produces a wonderful vocal on Potter’s Field, a story telling folk tune that Fairport Convention would love to do I am sure. I thought it was Tom Petty on The Heartbreak House as the musical backing and voice sounded so much like Petty, but in fact it is Michael Saxell. Silver Town is another strong AOR leaning song although personally I skip The Only Monkey with its slightly annoying backing vocal. Terry Reid pops up on Too Close To Call, whilst Chris Thomson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) adds his vocals to It Might Be Your Heart and the original version of You’re The Voice, which was of course a massive hit for John Farnham and has been covered by many other artists including Heart.

A very enjoyable album with some fine vocal performances, strong song writing and highly recommended for not only fans of the various vocalists involved but anyone who just likes damn fine music.


The album can be pre-ordered, as of 1 September 2008, from Amazon UK: shipping from 15 September: click here


The Common Thread – The Keith Reid Project

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