Short Reviews of Harvey Reid's Recordings
"Reid is truly a giant of the steel strings... The quality is breathtaking...wonderful
twists of originality and emotional depth... a wealth of techniques and ideas."
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE see complete review
"Dazzling..." GUITAR PLAYER
LOS ANGELES WEEKLY 4/17/91
"An incredible solo guitarist....Reid plays solo mandolin, funky slide
guitar blues, ethereal 12-string and scorching electric with equal authority;
and the best part is, he's really fun, (and not just for folkies, either)"
LOS ANGELES WEEKLY 1992
FRETS MAGAZINE 4/17/91
"When Harvey plays, his guitar can be a bagpipe, a hammered dulcimer, or
anything in-between...tone as stately and clear as Waterford crystal..."
"Taste, technique, power, delicacy, warmth, diversity-- Reid has 'em all."
" A phenomenally talented guitarist.... " CHICAGO MAGAZINE
"Instrumental virtuosity alone is not what separates Harvey Reid from the
average folk performer. He has a special feeling for many of the traditions
and styles of folk music: Bluegrass, Celtic -Appalachian, Country Blues;...
both in original compositions and his own arrangements of repertoire standards."
RE:PORTS ( Portsmouth NH)
"A tribute to Reid is that his original material rings as true as the traditional
tunes he performs... a purists' dream come true... some of the cleanest sounding
acoustic instruments I've heard...." Lucky Clark, EASTERN GAZETTE
"... a skilled, unique musician working in that uncharted zone where country,
bluegrass and progressive folk musics all meet." BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED
"Reid's got the chops to play it all..." BALTIMORE CITY PAPER
"... The only thing that surpasses his talents in performing are his talents
in songwriting. " AUTOHARPOHOLIC MAGAZINE
"...near perfection on the autoharp, 6-string, 12-string and slide guitars;
Reid performs... cleanly, purely, and with soul." ISTHMUS OF MADISON
"A guitar lover is going to lose his mind listening to Solo Guitar Sketchbook..."
FACE MAGAZINE Portland, ME
Face Magazine 9/17/93 by Bennie Green
... Harvey Reid's simply a musician more people need to know exists. Call it
culturally enriching if you wish, but once you hear him you';ll have a better
idea about what's actually possible in the realm of the stringed instrument."
See complete review
EASTERN REVIEW 11/22/88 by Lucky CLark
A release close to home comes from Harvey Reid/ OF WIND AND WATER; Woodpecker
Records (Box 815 York Maine 03909) WP-104CD; (DDD) (EMPHA-encoded); (10-performance/10
sound quality); Running time---72:30.
This is a stunning CD...PERIOD!! This double-album, single CD release is a purist
dream come true in that it's loaded with some of the cleanest sounding acoustic
instruments (Reid plays guitars, autoharp, mandolin, 6-string banjo and supplies
lead vocals on seven cuts) I've heard on compact disc in a long time. A tribute
to Reid is that his original material (13 of the 17 cuts) rings as true as the
traditional tunes that he performs on OF WIND AND WATER. There's a plaintive
quality to his vocals as well as his playing that will touch your heart with
its honesty... it's truthful simplicity that will win you over with the first
listening to this superb CD.
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