Ten Years After
The Ten Years After the band was formed in 1967. It includes Alvin Lee, Chick Churchill, Leo Lyons and Ric Lee.
The first album Ten Years After, released by Decca, was not a great success, but the second – concert “Undead” from 1968 – won the charts, including thanks to the song “I’m Going Home”. The Stonehenge publishing house also turned out to be a great work of the group. It was similar to “Ssssh” and “Cricklewood Green”. On the latter was the hit “Love Like a Man”. The album “Watt” became the last record recorded in cooperation with Decca, and the band moved to Columbia.
There, he changed the sound of his work to more pop, thanks to which in 1971 he created the album “A Space In Time” with the hit “I Want Love To Change The Word”. The record sold in a golden edition.
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 band broke up in 1974 after the release of “Positive Vibrations”. However, 14 years later, its members decided to give themselves one more chance and performed at several concerts in Europe. Then they released the album “Abort Time”, and then they went away again.
In 2001, Ric Lee, searching for re-edition CDs, came across recordings from “Live at the Fillmore East 1970”. He asked Alvin for help in the promotion of the publishing house, but he refused. Fortunately, the rest of the team was more enthusiastic about this proposal and along with Joe Goochem again went on tour. Ten Years After also worked on new material, thanks to which in 2004 they released “Now”. A year later, we could also listen to the double album “Roadworks”.