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High Again [12" VINYL] [Single]

Thomas Falke Vinyl

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Want The Real Thang? 18 Jun 2004
By "The Woj" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Alvin Lee doesn't make some half-baked attempt (ala Aerosmith & Clapton) to record some "faux-roots" album; he heads to the home studio of famed Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. and to put it simply, let's it rip.
This is a "old-time", toe tapping, foot stomping rock 'n' roll album, ya' know, the kind Seger used to sing about. Along for the ride are famed drummer D.J. Fontana and of course Scotty Moore. Fontana's drumming and Lee's playing are nothing short of phenomenal. The songs are all written in the classic 50's rock 'n' roll style (aka the Ten Years After song "Choo Choo Mama"). Elvis, Jerry Lee, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran all would feel right at home listening to this cd; and smiling too.
And as you browse the track list saying to yourself "Another version of 'I'm Going Home', gimme a break...", do not be too hasty to dismiss this as another "Woodstock Rerun". The version of "I'm Going Home" recorded here with the aid of Fontana's killer drumming, sounds so fresh and alive, I would even say it may even top the version recorded at Woodstock. My only reason for a "downgrade" to 4 stars is the fact many songs are a little too long and grow tiring after awhile. Most rock 'n' roll tunes of the era this album is trying to recapture log in at 2 to 3 minutes tops, while many of the songs here stretch out to 5 or 6 minutes. I would have liked to see Alvin cut his teeth on a few cover versions too; the fact all the songs are Alvin Lee compostions actually are a "semi-negative". But these points are really my own personal nit-picking.
So...if you're an Alvin Lee fan, adding this to cart is a 100% no brainer. If you love old time rock 'n' roll, adding this to cart is a 100% no brainer. In the age of corporate, manufactured, "sales numbers only" music, Alvin stays true to the rock. I tell ya, they don't make many like this anymore.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Going to Take My Time 13 July 2004
By Bluematter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Alvin Lee has been known as one of the cleanest, fastest and most dynamic guitar players to come out of the British Invasion of the 60s. On this CD, Alvin "Takes his time" playing some great old style Rock and Roll with Elvis Presley's former bandmates. "This is the real thing" Alvin states after completing the recordings laid down for this CD. The energy and excitement that Alvin shows on this offering is fantastic. Scotty Moore helps Alvin take his time putting out some of the most upbeat music heard out of Alvin in years. If you enjoyed Ten Years After jamming to the likes of "Baby won't you let me rock and roll you" and "Rock and Roll Music to the World" then this offering is for you. Alvin even breaks out another version of "Going Home" to conclude the set. "It's time to put the roll back in rock and roll" Alvin is quoted in the liner notes. After listening to this release you will see just how he was able to do it. Great guitar work throughout with extended jams at the end of each song, along with D.J. Fontana's stellar drum playing make this CD one of the best releases of the year.What are you waiting for? Let that crazy rhythm set you free.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Solo Album Yet! 26 Aug 2004
By Stephen Cabral - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD was recorded this past year with some Nashville veterans including Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana from Elvis' band. I have heard a lot of Alvin Lee's solo work and this is easily the best I've heard. You can tell Lee is having a blast playing Sun Records style rock `n roll. It's all very much in the vein of Elvis, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. All the songs were written by Lee including a new ripping version of "I'm Going Home" to close out the album. In addition to some great rock & roll there are a couple of nice acoustic blues numbers. Lee received much recognition back in his heyday (1969-1973), but he has now become one of the most underrated guitarists of today. Highly recommended!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gift of music 26 July 2004
By Paul Bluestoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Alvin Lee in Tennessee is a gift. Recorded with love, wrapped up in smiles and foot tapping rhythms. This is the CD fans of roots rock and roll have been waiting for, and the only surprise is that it was given to us by a man known better for high powered blues/rock. Alvin Lee of Ten Years After fame finally gets to bury his past as the Woodstock hero by going back to the past he really loves - that of 50s Sun Studios styled roots rock. With his childhood heros Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana keeping him subdued, Lee manages to create some of the smoothest, silkiest, swingingest music he has ever played. The liner notes makes reference to the fact that the songs both look back and look forward, and that's a great way to put it. Every one of these songs, all Alvin Lee compositions, could have been recorded in the 50s, but every one also has a contemporary feel to it - and every one is a keeper! Hey Grammy Awards, here's one that deserves to be heard and honored!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alvin Lee is Going Home 20 May 2004
By Truthinblues - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When Alvin Lee was learning to play guitar, his inspiration was Elvis Presley's guitarist Scotty Moore. Now, after 40 years of thrilling music audiences with his high fire mix of blues/jazz & rock, Alvin is going home for real. With his heroes playing along, he embraces the rock and roll he loves so much with enthusiasm, energy and exquisite talent and creates a timeless classic. This is music that will make you feel good every time you listen.
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