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Ten Years After - 1996 - I'm Going Home
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The antecedents of this band were a mid-sixties band, The Jaybirds, who backed The Ivy League for a while. Alvin Lee formed the Nottingham-based rock'n'roll/R&B outfit in the early sixties with Leo Lyons and drummer Dave Quickmire. When Quickmire left in the Summer of 1965 Ric Lee came in as a replacement. The band became a popular live attraction in the Midlands and also, like so many of their contemporaries, spent time in Hamburg. In 1966 manager/agent Chris White took them on and they supported The Bonzo Dog Band at The Marquee as The Blues Yard for one gig before becoming Ten Years After. They soon became closely identified with the late sixties blues boom largely due to Alvin Lee's lightning guitar work.
They signed to Decca in October 1967 who put out their recordings on their Deram subsidiary. Their debut album didn't chart but the live follow-up, Undead, peaked at No 6 in the UK (and 61 in the US). 1969 was the year they really made the big time. Their next album, Stonedhenge, made the UK Top Ten and on 3 July they became the first and only rock band to play the Newport Jazz Festival at Rhode Island in the USA. However it was their appearance at Woodstock in August of that year which transformed them into overnight stars, after Lee's 11-minute guitar extravaganza on I'm Going Home was filmed for the movie. Cricklewood Green was their most successful album in the UK. It spent 27 weeks in the Charts, peaking at No 4. It also spawned Love Like A Man, their only UK Chart entry, which had the studio album cut on one side and a long live version which played at 33 rpm on the flip.
Their most successful US album was A Space In Time, notable for the use of electronics for the first time. It went gold in the US, but only managed No 36 in the UK, where their popularity was waning. This wasn't surprising since the band spent much of their time abroad, particularly in the US, where they also enjoyed a number of minor 45 hits like I'd Love To Change The World and Baby Won't You Let Me Rock'n'Roll You.
After recording Rock And Roll Music To The World in 1972, which met with modest Chart success, they took time out to pursue solo projects, although a double live album, Recorded Live, was released in the Summer of 1973. It utilised material from concerts at Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Rotterdam. In February 1973 Alvin Lee recorded a solo album, On The Road To Freedom, with Mylon Le Fevre, a US gospel singer. A number of famous rock personalities also guested on the album - Stevie Winwood, Jim Capaldi, George Harrison and Ron Wood. It peaked at No 138 in the US Charts. Chick Churchill also put out a solo album but this didn't sell in any great numbers.
In 1974, Alvin Lee Co. recorded "In Flight" live at the Rainbow Theatre in London, and the following month Ten Years After played a sell-out UK concert at the same venue. It was to be their final UK gig, although the band continued to tour the 'States through the summer of 1975 where their final album, Positive Vibrations, peaked at No 81 in the US Album Charts.
After their demise, Lee continued to record some reasonably successful albums with his own band, Alvin Lee Co. In March 1976 he formed Ten Years Later and upon their demise in 1980 he put together the first of a series of Alvin Lee Bands which he worked with throughout the eighties. Ten Years After are always going to be remembered for Lee's flash, fast-fingered guitar playing as epitomised by their appearance in the 'Woodstock' movie. Ironically, this not only made them superstars, it also proved a straight-jacket for audiences' musical expectations of them which they were never able to shed in subsequent years.
01. I'm Going Home 9:30
02. I'd Love to Change The World 3:42
03. It's Getting Harder 4:24
04. Love Like a Man 7:36
05. Woodchoppers Ball 7:47
06. Rock And Roll Music to The World 3:47
07. Me And my Baby 4:11
08. I Woke up This Morning 5:27
09. Stoned Woman 3:33
10. Choo Choo Mama 3:10
11. Slow Blues in 'C' 7:30
12. 50,000 Miles Beneath my Brain 7:36
13. Positive Vibrations 4:16
14. Hear me Calling
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