Ten Years After

Ten Years After

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

Ten Years After’s self-titled debut hit the British blues scene with the subtlety and precision of a wrecking ball in 1967, serving notice that what had once been confined to steamy haunts in London was now there for the world to hear. And by the time the band electrified half a million hippies at Woodstock two years later, the world was roaring its approval. Cut live with vocals overdubbed later, Ten Years After is an impressive debut, showing off a tight band steeped not only in blues, but rockabilly, jazz, folk and even occasionally psychedelia. They rival Cream on a powerful cover of “Spoonful,” which sports a heavy rhythm drive also evident on their extended jam version of “Help Me” that builds and builds to stratospheric heights. The latter allows Alvin Lee to cut loose with the fast licks for which he would become best known, but he was also capable of subtler, more impressionistic soloing on a stellar remake of the Blues Project’s “I Can’t Keep From Crying, Sometimes.” If those three aren’t enough evidence of the band’s ability, then a spruced-up “I Want to Know,” first done by Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse on the legendary What’s Shakin’ comp (also reissued by Sundazed), certainly seals the deal. But even at this early stage, Ten Years After was no cover act — throwing originals like the Robert Johnson-inspired “Love Until I Die,” the country acoustic blues of “Don’t Want You Woman” and the swingin’ boogie of “Feel It for Me” into the mix. It was no one-man show, either — as organist Chick Churchill takes the lead on “Adventures of a Young Organ” and buttresses “Losing the Dogs” with some rollicking Jerry Lee Lewis piano. And beneath it all, there was the metronomic telepathy of the Ric Lee/Leo Lyons rhythm section. The best way to hear this classic album is in its punchier mono mix, available on vinyl for the first time in 50 years and faithfully packaged with all of the original iridescent psychedelic cover art intact.

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. I Want To Know
2. I Can’t Keep From Crying, Sometimes
3. Adventures Of A Young Organ
4. Spoonful
5. Losing The Dogs
Side B:
1. Feel It For Me
2. Love Until I Die
3. Don’t Want You, Woman
4. Help Me

For Fans Of

Z.Z. Top
Eric Clapton
Jimi Hendrix
George Harrison

Home Market

Nottingham, England

Album Details

Artist

Ten Years After

Album Title

Ten Years After

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

090771526618

Box Lot

25

Catalog #

LP5266