Sunday, November 25, 2012

BLT: Bruce Lordan and Trower

B.L.T. is a 1981 album by Jack Bruce (formerly of Cream), Robin Trower (formerly of Procol Harum) and Bill Lordan (drummer of Trower's solo band).  Bill Lordan (born May 22, 1947) is a rock music drummer who has been in a number of bands, such as The MysticsGypsy, and Robin Trower Band.  All of the tracks were composed by Robin Trower and Keith Reid; except where indicated on the label.  But who is Keith Reid?  He wrote Whiter Shade of Pale, did not know.  Keith Reid (born Keith Stuart Brian Reid, (October 1946, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England) is a songwriter who wrote the lyrics of every Procol Harum song that is not a cover.  For many years he resided in the United States.  Although he did not sing or play an instrumentlyricist Reid was a pivotal element to the long-term success of Procol Harum, teaming with vocalist/composer Gary Brooker to write most of the group's material.  (Some music was written by organist Matthew Fisher and by guitarist Robin Trower.) Reid left school at the age of 15 and soon began writing lyrics, inspired primarily by Bob Dylan. Through Island Records chief Chris Blackwell, Reid was introduced to R&B impresario Guy Stevens, who in turn introduced him to fledgling composer Brooker in 1966.  The two began collaborating, and upon compiling a number of songs set about assembling a band to record their material; with the Procol Harum line-up in place, they first recorded "A Whiter Shade of Pale", which set Reid's surreal lyrics to a Brooker melody inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach.  The single topped the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in mid 1967, going on to sell over six million copies worldwide.  For his efforts, Reid was credited as an official member of the group, and he wrote all of Procol Harum's lyrics through to the band's 1977 demise.  He is also known for the lyrics to the debut album of the French singer Michel Polnareff in 1966.  Reid then set up his own management firm, Full House, working on a play and relocating to Manhattan in 1986; three years later, Brooker contacted him to discuss reuniting Procol Harum and the group's comeback album, The Prodigal Stranger, was issued in 1991.  He was co-writer for the John Farnham hit You're the Voice which was released in 1986.  In August 2008 a new album, The Common Thread, was issued under The Keith Reid Project banner.  Reid wrote the lyrics for the songs, which were performed by a variety of musicians, including Southside Johnny, Chris Thompson, John Waite and Michael Saxell.

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