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Stonedhenge (Gatefold)[VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0071JPJQI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Gatefold Sleeve

About the Artist

On August 17th 1969, Ten Years After performed a breakthrough American appearance at Woodstock; their rendition of 'I'm Going Home' was featured in both the subsequent film and soundtrack album and catapulted them to star status. Earlier in 1969 they had released their 3rd LP, 'Stonedhenge'. 'Stonedhenge' shows Ten Years After was already expanding their basic boogie-rock template. Producer Mike Vernon helped steer the band into a more jazz and blues oriented direction. It's especially evident in the swinging 'Woman Trouble'. On the Canned Heat-sounding 'Hear Me Calling' Alvin Lee keeps his fleet fingers in check, preferring to work his style into a more organic fusion. 'A Sad Song' successfully builds tension without the need for speedy guitar solos. The eight-minute 'No Title' slowly creates a moody atmosphere for three minutes until Lee cranks out a loud extension on its main riff that sets the stage for Chick Churchill's eerie organ solo. On the closing 'Speed Kills' Ten Years After returns to the basics, as a way to let the fans know they can still churn out the rocking when needed.

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I bought this to check out a band who were always on the fringe of my taste at a time when my hard earned cash was more likely to go towards Groundhogs, Free and Cream albums. There's much here to enjoy with acoustic and jazzy moments to lighten the mood between the blues/rock workouts of ol' lightening fingers himself. I'll certainly be checking out their other albums of the period.
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There is a hint of this band being so confident that they could play anything, they did. Rock does not always sit easy with jazz, but if "Woman Trouble" Is not a jazz number, then what is? The album is just very good. It is also "of its time", with just a four-piece band who could play. What's not to like?
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I am surprised to find only 3 reviews. I find this record different from the rest of TYA production. Apparently they had been experimenting a lot not only with instruments but also with odd objects. The result is very rhythmic, but far from loud and obsessive. It is 100% "ambience". It can be listened with closed eyes to enjoy the finesse, or as a background music - a sophisticated one!
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Stonedhenge was the second studio album by Ten Vears After, in 1968, but between the debut album and this one was released the live album Undead. The group back in the studio again tested the possibilities of the recording equipment so this album is more experimental, to say the least. Besides strong songs there are intermezzos by each of the bandmembers on their instruments. This time also much more material was recorded but due to the limitations of vinyl albums not used. After these 3 albums for the Deram label from Decca TYA switched record companies and in 1972 Alvin Lee and Company saw the light with a great deal of those tracks, among them the 14 minutes plus Boogie On. In 2002 Stonedhenge was released on CD already, with some extra tracks from those sessions. A shortened Hear Me Calling, an American studio version of Woman Trouble (remarkable exact the same time as the British version), and the Canned Heat inspired Boogie On. Now the whole set is expanded on 2 C'D,s with the original songs in mono and stereo, the bonus songs as mentioned before plus some of the songs recorded live for the BBC/Top Gear in 1968. Among them the very rare I Ain't See No Whiskey, not found elsewhere. The sound is terrific, bright, the music excellent, this album has stood the time and is worth listening again. Highly recommended.
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When I first look at a CD of something I once owned in vinyl I usually think how poor the presentation is, but full marks here for attention to detail. Good sleeve, good story inside. The repro Deram label even makes the CD look like the vinyl equivalent. As for the music it's serious TYA.
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Woodstock has a lot to answer for. As a result of their performance of Going Home, Ten Years After are best remembered as a self-indulgent guitar band. This is a shame, as their first three albums showed a much more subtle jazz influence - a great deal more musically sophisticated than most of the British 'blues' bands of the period.
I was given this album as an eighteenth birthday present when it first came out and wore it out through constant playing. Coming back to it, it still sounds as fresh as it did then.
Forget the twenty minute high-speed guitar exercises that became their forte later and listen instead to the open-mondedness and musical eclecticism that existed at the end of the sixties. A last glimpse of a truly original band before they sank into the mire of crowd-pleasing stadium rock.
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David Arturovich's review is spot on, although "Goin' Home" as on the Undead album is a favourite!
This album shows the band members jazz origins...........& is all the better for it.
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Black vinyl edition has been carefully stored away in the attic for many years. I had forgotten just how good this album is.
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