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By Michael Point

Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee's hyperactive guitar solos (fretboard attacks a speed-metal guitarist would be proud to unleash) caught the ear of British rock fans and built a bridge to the blues. The well-produced Cricklewood Green, consisting of all-original material by Lee, is the group's best studio effort. For a band that made its reputation with live performances, most conspicuously at the Woodstock festival, that's probably minor praise, but it's praise nevertheless. The extended workout of the hit single "Love Like a Man" is the centerpiece of the album, one that opens with the frantic buzz of the back-to-back road songs "Sugar the Road" and "Working on the Road." But Lee, ably assisted by keyboardist Chick Churchill, fleshes out the trademark Ten Years After blues frenzy with an assortment of atypical approaches and styles. "Me and My Baby" delivers Lee and the band in a relaxed, almost swinging, mode, while "Circles" is a rare ballad offering. The sci-fi blues of "Year 3000 Blues" and semi-psychedelia of "50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain" and "As the Sun Still Burns Away" further extend the album's reach without sacrificing any of Lee's guitar excursions.

1. Sugar The Road5. Me And My Baby
2. Working On The Road6. Love Like A Man
3. 50,000 Miles Beneath My B7. Circles
4. Year 3,000 Blues8. As The Sun Still Burns Aw


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"I found the band ' Ten Years After ' listed under the records of 1970 that one might have listened to - MY PROBLEM IS - what was the title of the album referred to from 1970 - you make it sound like it was their first album released! Though their first album was just released as ' TEN YEARS AFTER ' - mine seems to be from 1967; though I am not an out and out EXPERT on music, I have probably a wide spectrum of knowledge on a variety of bands from the 60's & Super70s.

Though the band in question may not stand out in the anals of rock music like the BEATLES or STONES, they did create some waves and a LOYAL FOLLOWING; in the beginning their music was very bluesy to say the least and their rendition of AL KOOPER'S "I CAN'T KEEP FROM CRYING , SOMETIMES "was very good for an upstart band, who at the time seemed to come out of nowhere. Though all are fairly good musicians, the one that stands out above all is ALVIN LEE on guitar and vocals. He has a good smooth blues voice and can scats with the best - his guitar on the other hand is nothing short of phenominal - anyone who has listened to "I'M GOING HOME" from WOODSTOCK, cannot dissagree without being COMMITTED!!!

The story goes about their meeting for the first time in a BUS SHELTER in a north Wales town, and having discovered that they each played a musical instrument, decided to form a group. They seemed to just emerge from nowhere - none having been previously with any band that rose above obscurity."

--Deb Bridges

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Artist: Ten Years After

Released: April 19, 1970

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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