Ten Years After

Stonedhenge

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The electrifying Ten Years After! A premium RTI Pressing, from the original U.K. MONO masters!

Ten Years After’s eponymous debut hit the door with a loud thud. Undead cracked it. And with 1969’s Stonedhenge, they knocked it down with authority, stormed the palace and showed the world that they were indeed a major act. Stonedhenge was where Ten Years After really came into their own with originals. “Hear Me Calling” is brilliant modern blues on par with the best of early Fleetwood Mac, rising from a restrained beginning to all-out rocking before repeating the cycle one last time. “Going to Try” explores similar territory, even venturing into a Middle-Eastern inspired section underscored by randomized percussion overdubs and Chick Churchill’s psychedelic organ. “Woman Trouble” is stirring jazzy blues, and on “No Title,” the band really cuts loose — kicking off with a standard blues lament before unleashing a series of solos that are almost songs unto themselves: Alvin Lee’s power-chord solo making way for Churchill’s spooky organ making way for a badass jam between drummer Ric Lee and bassist Leo Lyons. The band was running like a freight train — and in fact, train noises grace the beginning of album finale “Speed Kills,” a bluesy boogie that pushes the meter straight into the red before the thrill-ride literally comes to a screeching halt. But not before the album fully displays the band’s world-class musicianship and songwriting, which made Stonedhenge a hit in the UK and gave Ten Years After their first-ever Billboard Top 100 entry, at a respectable #61 in April 1969. In turn, it paved the way for the band’s acclaimed performance at Woodstock, which ensured regular placement on the album charts for years to come. For now, dig the first vinyl reissue of the ultra-rare mono mix of Stonedhenge, housed in its original gatefold cover artwork and meticulously mastered for the most discerning listener.

Now Sundazed proudly presents the searing guitar of Alvin Lee & Chick Churchill’s haunting organ textures as they were meant to be heard, from the original U.K. MONO masters and pressed on premium RTI vinyl! !

Bio

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 the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Stonedhenge (1969) hit the U.K. Top Ten in early 1969. Ten Years After’s U.S. breakthrough came as a result of their appearance at Woodstock, at which they played a nine-minute version of “I’m Going Home.” Their next album, Ssssh, reached the U.S. Top 20, and Cricklewood Green, containing the hit single “Love Like a Man,” reached number four. Watt completed the group’s Decca contract, after which they signed with Columbia and moved in a more mainstream pop direction, typified by the gold-selling 1971 album A Space in Time and its Top 40 single “I’d Love to Change the World.” Subsequent efforts in that direction were less successful, however, and Ten Years After split up after the release of Positive Vibrations in 1974. They reunited in 1988 for concerts in Europe and recorded their first new album in 15 years, About Time, in 1989 before disbanding once again. In 2001, Ric Lee was preparing the back catalog for re-release when he discovered the Live at the Fillmore East 1970 tapes. He approached Alvin about getting back together to promote the lost album, but Alvin Lee declined. Alvin died March 6, 2013 from complications brought on by routine surgery.

Tracklist

Side A:
1. Going To Try
2. I Can’t Live Without Lydia
3. Woman Trouble
4. Skoobly-Oobly-Doobob
5. Hear Me Calling
Side B:
1. A Sad Song
2. Three Blind Mice
3. No Title
4. Faro
5. Speed Kills

For Fans Of

Z.Z. Top
Eric Clapton
Jimi Hendrix
George Harrison

Home Market

Nottingham, England

Album Details

Artist

Ten Years After

Album Title

Stonedhenge

Street Date

07/07/2017

Order Due Date

06/09/2017

Genre

Rock/Rock

Label

Sundazed Music, Inc

Configuration

Vinyl Longplay 33 1/3

Price Code

LP24

UPC

090771526816

Box Lot

18

Catalog #

LP5268