I’m going home, baby. These words repeated like a mantra Alvin Lee at the legendary Woodstock festival. The audience was not bored, however. 10-minute version of the song “I’m Going Home” was a quintessential blues-rock energy. Lee showed what he can do, bringing with her guitar devilishly fast eruptions of sounds. If then, in mid-August 1969, he finished his career, I would be guaranteed a place in rock history. But Lee was just getting started.
The band Ten Years After was the pride of not only Woodstock, but many other festivals. Two years earlier, Lee with his friends gave a rousing concert at the Windsor Jazz Festival. It is thanks to him Decca signed with them “blind” recording contract. Lee Ten Years After founded in 1966, just after the collapse of the formation Jaybirds, which previously honed talent. The name of the new group was a tribute to celebrating the 10th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s career. Lee he had a great fondness for early rock & roll. Maybe because that as a teenager playing the guitar passionately listened to, among others, Chuck Berry.
Rock rawness of Woodstock has become a trademark of Ten Years After. Meanwhile, it was not representative of the achievements of the British team. Lee could yet surprise restraint game and diversity of their own compositions. The famous hit “I’d Love To Change The World” was a semi-acoustic ballad in the style of The Moody Blues. In turn, the classic today, “Love Like A Man” drew strength from the sensational riff. One of those that characterized the only “top” songs Cream or Led Zeppelin. How many bands of that period, Ten Years After, passed the psychedelic phase of work. Album “Cricklewood Green” in 1970 alluded to certain hallucinogenic substances; each of the parties had to play at a different speed.
The greatest triumphs Ten Years After coincided with the first half of the 70s After the dissolution of the group in 1974, Lee has repeatedly reactivated the band. It happened so, that the Ten Years After released the album without him. Nobody had doubts but that “I’m Going Home” is just Lee and Lee. A native of Nottingham guitarist on the scene spent more than 5 decades.