Friday, September 16, 2011

Ten Years After - A Space In Time - (1971 uk hard blues rock, teinted of acoustic guitar - Wave audio format)

What sets this release apart from earlier TYA albums is the liberal use of tasty acoustic guitar and plenty of sound effects and studio tricks that complement the overall texture. From tuning a radio dial to open a 12-bar boogie blaster(Baby, Won't You Let Me Rock and Roll You)to backward tape solos(Let The Sky Fall)to 50's Sci-Fi(Here They Come), Alvin Lee and Company were in top form on this 1971 "Time Capsule". Lee also shows that he was no slouch on harmonica as he belts out the blues harp(One Of These Days)along with the nice licks from his trusty hot-rodded Gibson ES-335's. Lee's lyrics ran the full gamut on this collection, from country honk(Once There Was A Time)to otherworldly beings "who fly out of the sun", and "know everything we must learn"(Here They Come). He sings painfully about the pitfalls of drug addiction, but optimistically about recovery(Hard Monkeys, I've Been There Too)and tells us that he notices the World's ills but doesn't know what to do, so he "leaves it up to you"(I'd Love to Change the World). Leo Lyons(Bass), Chick Churchill(Keyboards) and Ric Lee(Drums) are excellent as usual. This is the one that occupied a particular "Space in Time" for its era, and gets my vote as the best overall TYA album due to the diversity of the material and subject matter. There's just about something for everyone.(By Douglas J. Hultsman "doogie_rigel4")

Ten Years After - Here They Come

Tracks Listing
01- One of These Days – 5:52
02- Here They Come – 4:36
03- I'd Love to Change the World – 3:44
04- Over The Hill – 2:28
05- Baby Won't You Let Me Rock'n'Roll You – 2:16
06- Once There Was a Time – 3:22
07- Let the Sky Fall – 4:19
08- Hard Monkeys – 3:10
09- I've Been There Too – 5:44
10- Uncle Jam – 1:57

Alvin Lee : guitar, vocals
Ric Lee : drums
Leo Lyons : bass
Chick Churchill : keyboards

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