Ten Years After
The electrifying Ten Years After! A premium RTI Pressing, from the original U.K. MONO masters!
Immortalized on the silver screen, Ten Years After’s landmark performance of “I’m Going Home” at Woodstock galvanized their reputation as road warriors capable of rousing large crowds — such as the 400,000 festival-goers mesmerized by Alvin Lee’s white lightning on his bright red Gibson ES-335.“I’m Going Home” could also light up a room as small as Klooks Kleek in London, as heard on their second album, 1968’s Undead. But while it was the first recording of the song (with wires running from Decca Studios next door to capture it), it hardly came from nowhere. Alvin Lee and bassist Leo Lyons learned the value of extended jamming as far back as 1962 while playing Hamburg in the Jaybirds, and not long after they began covering Gene Vincent’s “I’m Going Home (To See My Baby)” in Ten Years After — it was reworked into something entirely original. Or more specifically: stripped down, repainted, rebuilt and retooled into a drag racer that would scorch crowds for years to come. Undead was the first recorded evidence of that live legacy. Condensed to the best five of the May 14, 1968, set, the album sees the band do further long bluesy jamming with “I May Be Wrong, But I Won’t Be Wrong Always,” “Spider in My Web,” and pound Gershwin into submission (courtesy drummer Ric Lee) on “Summertime/Shantung Cabbage.” And on a killer cover of “(At the) Woodchopper’s Ball,” the band’s jazzy blues is hot enough to turn Woody Herman’s classic into sawdust — replete with Alvin Lee and organist Chick Churchill trading solos. Rightly regarded as one of the best live albums of its era, Undead is reissued here in its rare mono mix, which has been out of print everywhere for nearly 50 years.It’s very much alive on this vinyl edition, which features primo sound and the beautiful negative-image original cover.
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!
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.
1. I May Be Wrong, But I Won’t Be Wrong Always
2. Woodchopper’s Ball
1. Spider In My Web
2. Summertime/Shantung Cabbage
3. I’m Going Home
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