If my memory serves me correctly there was a lot of musical snobbery surrounding Ten Years After and Alvin Lee by some of the 1970's musical press journalists ,which made me shy away from TYA at the time.I must have been a complete idiot to let them influence my musical tastes because if this album is anything to go by then I have wasted 40 odd years in NOT listening to them.This is the kind of classic rock / blues / jazz I was almost brought up on and not only is this album an absolute bargain and full of great stuff, I intend to start downloading their other albums as well which I hope is my small tribute and appreciation to the sadly departed Alvin Lee. Better late than never.
This cd is great! The only thing missing is the groups early Jazz leanings.IE Spider in your web.As rockers and balladeers no-one comes close to this much ignored, panned foursome from Nottingham. If you are new to their music..this IS a good place to start . Dan Jasper
Great compilation of tracks from this late 60s, British blues-rock band who are probably best known for their performance at the Woodstock festival. Features Norse God-alike Alvin Lee (aka Graham Barnes) on super-fast guitar, barnstorming his way through such chestnuts as I'm Going Home etc. Also try Cricklewood Green and Ssssh! for studio albums. For rock trivia fans: the name refers to their formation year of 1966, ten years after the Elvis Presley led Rock 'n' Roll explosion of 1956. R.I.P. Alvin Ssssh
I remember these from when they started and the music lyrics were as good if not better than a lot of other bands of the era. If you like rock, guitar, drums then you'll like this. I still think Cricklewood Green is their best ever album. I suppose if they hadn't have done as many US tours they would have given Cream, Free, etc. a bigger run for their money.
Ten Years After are a relatively average recording band who seem to become more than the sum of their parts when playing live to an audience. This is their best stuff but it doesn't stand up to live albums that I've listened to. Fans will still love it though. I do!