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Jerry Reed

  • Cookin' [RCA Victor, 1970] C+
  • The Best of Jerry Reed [RCA Victor, 1972] B-
  • Lord, Mr. Ford [RCA Victor, 1973] C-
  • The Ultimate Jimmy Reed [BluesWay, 1973]

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Cookin' [RCA Victor, 1970]
Since I am no country expert, this umpteenth lp by a Chet Atkins regular took me by surprise merely because I'd never heard of him. Competent-plus in the country rock mold of Carl Perkins/Bob Luman/Charlie Rich. Docked a notch for time: 28.58. C+

The Best of Jerry Reed [RCA Victor, 1972]
Reed sustains three identities: redneck crazy, fancy picker, and soap idol. He's a great crazy, greater even on "Amos Moses" and "Tupelo Mississippi Flash" than on "When You're Hot, You're Hot." And he's an all right picker, if you like pickers. But he couldn't sell soap to a hippie's mother. If RCA can't put together a whole album called The Crazy Jerry Reed, at least they could program one side that way. B-

Lord, Mr. Ford [RCA Victor, 1973]
As a country singer, Reed sustains three identities: crazy, picker, soap idol. He's a great crazy, as the title song demonstrates. And he's an all right picker, if you like pickers. But he couldn't sell soap to a hippie's mother. RCA should ban the ballad. I can imagine an A record called The Crazy Jerry Reed, but this one is docked a notch for time: 27.35. C-

The Ultimate Jimmy Reed [BluesWay, 1973]
[CG70s: A Basic Record Library]