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5.0 out of 5 stars Substance AND Style, 29 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Ten Years After Live at Fillmore East (Audio CD)
"The critics" frequently panned Ten Years After and dismissed Alvin Lee's playing as style over substance--they complained that he tried to play as fast as possible without "saying anything". The critics weren't listening to the same band I was then, and they obviously haven't heard this cd. As in the earlier reviews posted here, I have to agree with the comments about superb sound and share the delight of having live versions of the Cricklewood Green material. The fact is, this was a great band, especially live. The blues and jazz structures incorporated into this music give it a very strong base from which Alvin Lee can launch his guitar explorations. Yes, he plays fast--very fast. But listen to the notes as he plays them. These solos are well thought out and structured--this has both style and substance. Alvin Lee also has a great blues voice. Great stuff--even the longer pieces leave you on the edge of your seat, then surprised that they ended so soon. (Side note: what a venue the Fillmore East was! The Grateful Dead's Dick's Pick's volume 4 was recorded here just two weeks before these Ten Years After perfomances; those shows stand as some of the all-time best the Dead played)
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