About the album THE COMMON THREAD
Keith Reid and Gary Brooker founded Procol Harum in 1967. With the worldwide chart breaker A Whiter Shade Of Pale the writer/lyricist-duo Brooker/Reid wrote an all time rock classic.
For The Keith Reid Project, Keith Reid has gathered together a highly impressive group of singers and songwriters around him. The album The Common Thread has made a dream become reality, for these songs have accompanied Keith`s life like “a common thread”.
In all, there are eight singers/songwriters to interpret Keith Reid`s lyrics and stories. There is Chris Thompson (the voice of Manfred Mann`s Earth Band) and John Waite (Bad English, The Babys and a very fine solo artist) – they are both among THE world`s great voices of rock – having stamped their unique character on worldwide hits such as Blinded By The Light (C. Thompson), Mr Wonderful and Missing You (J. Waite). There is Southside Johnny, also known as “The Godfather Of The New Jersey Sound”, acknowledged by Jon Bon Jovi as “my reason for singing”. And also, there is the legendaryTerry Reid who has firmly stamped his name in Rock history and continues to enjoy high status among music critics. Also, Steve Booker, co-writer/producer of Duffy`s current No. 1 hit Mercy, wrote and sings two songs on the album.
The achievement is a singer/songwriter album containing timeless beautiful rock music, tailor made for great voices. In the finest classic tradition, Rock, Pop & Folk are tied together harmoniously. Here and there you can find some Americana, Blues, Latin and Irish influences. Anyone between the ages of 8 and 80 in the mood for great handmade music should listen to The Common Thread.
Also: A very special rarity is the song You`re The Voice, a worldwide hit by John Farnham in 1986, co-written by Chris Thompson & Keith Reid. The Common Thread contains the previously unreleased original version of You`re The Voice, recorded by Chris Thompson himself in early 1986.