In many cases i appreciate the great work reviewers do on Allmusic, but in this case i have to strongly disagree with Bruce Eder rating this one 3,5 stars. Totally agree with AugustWest22
that this one can be considered as Reid's masterpiece.
For years i had a copy of his 2nd record Terry Reid - Terry Reid
sitting in my shelves, bought long ago when i was massive into Led Zepp and thought it might be a good idea to sort in an album from their potential lead singer. You'll know the story ...
The record was ok, but didn't fix me enough to go further in exploring his works. Few years ago i saw Rob Zombie's TDR at a friends home, who's a big horror fan. Let's not talk about the movie, but these tracks from Reid featured there were fantastic. Didn't recognized him at first. Made me change my mind about him.
The path he already began walking on with Terry Reid - River
in 1973 - another stunning platter for my opinion, defining the essence of Reid with SOM - towards a layed back but funky rocking style, rooted between Southern Rock and West Coast, comes to full bloom on Seed Of Memory as Graham Nash laid hands on production. The opening tune offers nice acoustic guitar work accompanied by nice cello sounds. The title track is an epic work, beautiful stripped down and dark colored sounds. It has a hypnotic drone-like guitar riff, repeating mostly all over the tune that's really great, nearly proto-stoner style. As is To Be Treated Rite that might be the evil twin of the hopefull SOM. This song expresses some kind of scared and vulnerable state of being exposed without any chance to find some shelter. This is Desert Rock!
The second side tells a whole different story, making way with a brass section for the easy but deeply grooving Ooh Baby, that should be considered as material for a forthcoming Yacht Rock sampler. The WayYou Walk might proof as a showcase track why Terry Reid was offered the job for LZ frontman. If there is something to criticize it might be that this one lacks the vibe that connects the other stuff on second side. But hey ... The last two tracks pick up the groove from the starting tune of side b, the organ driven soulful The Frame is a monster of a groove while the closing title spreads some late night bar mood with its deep chords by the sax.
More or less the record consists of two EP's: the first showing some great country and folkrock stuff with a slightly psychedelic twist, the second heading towards some blue-eyed soul. For anybody who thinks platters like David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name
, Stephen Stills - Stills
, Neil Young - Hawks & Doves
, the works of Tim Buckley
, added with a little blend of The Allman Brothers Band - Win, Lose Or Draw
and a hint of The Doobie Brothers - Takin' It To The Streets
are nice stuff to listen to, this album is a must have. Any others should give at least a try.
4,5 stars at least from me.