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There were a great number of British blues bands to choose from in the ‘60s. Ten Years After had their singer-guitarist Alvin Lee as their most dangerous weapon, but his performances are surprisingly subtle and laid back on their 1967 debut album, considering he became known as a manic, hyper-charged guitarist. The ensemble playing on this debut makes a case for each member’s importance. It also shows the band had more of a jazz edge than most of their peers. Drummer Ric Lee keeps things loose and flowing throughout the cover of Al Kooper’s “I Can’t Keep From Crying, Sometimes.” Chick Churchill breaks into a jazzy workout on “Adventures of a Young Organ” while the band raid the Willie Dixon songbook for “Spoonful” (also covered to more notice by Cream) and Sonny Boy Williamson’s for “Help Me.” This “expanded” edition of the album includes Woody Herman’s “(At the) Woodchopper’s Ball” from Undead as well as the 1968 “Portable People” single that’s a slice of country rock.

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I work with an ex-hippie, and he and I always talk music and what not. We share albumns with one another, he loans me some of his vynil, and I in return loan him some more modern music. There is a forty-five year age difference between us, so we end up trading some drastically differnt musical stylings, but our tastes are quite similar never the less. On this last round about, I gave him some Devendra Banhart, which he loved, and he in exchange gave me a paper sack full of records, which I have slowly been listening to as time goes on. Well, I looked through it and there was lots of differnt music in it, mainly 1960's rhythm and blues. I listened to Traffic, early Tom Waits (Bob regards this as some of the best song writing ever done.), and so on and so forth. I finally reached Ten Years After in the stack and was imeadiatley floored by their sound! I could not believe my ears! It is easily some of the best rhythm and blues I have heard in a long while. Just straight up talented musicians that could play extremely well together right off of the bat. I have listened to that albumn through a good five times now, just sitting in my room watching the record spin and being surrounded by sound, and am still blown away everytime I hear it, and find something new each time that blows my mind. First time I listened to it, I remember Bob complaining that they were not in the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame all the time, something he has actually writen letters about. So it tells you how much Bob loves this band, and how it has effected his life. Well, now we both p**s and moan about them not being in the Hall of Fame. Buy this albumn, and listen to it! You will not be disapointed.

Alvin Lee!!

I LOVE this record...superb Brit Blooze from '67. Alvin Lee was/is a born shredder and he and the guys lay down some wicked blues here. Get this and play it LOUD!

CoolFreeHardBop - Blues is Life, Life is Blues


Formed: 1967 in Nottingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Ten Years After was a British blues-rock quartet consisting of Alvin Lee (born December 19, 1944, died March 6, 2013), guitar and vocals; Chick Churchill (born January 2, 1949), keyboards; Leo Lyons (born November 30, 1944) bass; and Ric Lee (born October 20, 1945), drums. The group was formed in 1967 and signed to Decca in England. Their first album was not a success, but their second, the live Undead (1968) containing "I'm Going Home," a six-minute blues workout by the fleet-fingered Alvin, hit...
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