Ten Years After

Ten Years After

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Originally from Nottingham in the UK, this band of virtuoso musicians under the leadership of Alvin Lee conquered the UK scene and then spread their wings to the USA. Their blend of jazz, blues and rock was initially slightly awkward but their first album provided an opening for them. In October, their 1967 self-titled debut album was released. In 1968, after touring Scandinavia and the United States, Ten Years After released their second album, live Undead, which brought their first classic, "I'm Going Home. More Info »

Top Albums

  • A Space In Time
    A Space In Time
  • Ten Years After
    Ten Years After
  • The Best Of Ten Years After
    The Best Of Ten Years After
  • I'm Going Home
    I'm Going Home
  • Ssssh.
    Ssssh.
  • Stonedhenge
    Stonedhenge
  • Cricklewood Green
    Cricklewood Green
  • Ssssh
    Ssssh
  • Essential
    Essential
  • Think About The Times: The Chrysalis Years (1969-1972)
    Think About The Times: The Chrysalis Years (1969-1972)
  • Goin' Home
    Goin' Home
  • Undead
    Undead
  • Roadworks
    Roadworks
  • Premium Gold Collection
    Premium Gold Collection
  • Recorded Live
    Recorded Live
  • Watt
    Watt
  • Live At The Filmore East
    Live At The Filmore East
  • Rock & Roll Music to the World
    Rock & Roll Music to the World
  • The Essential Ten Years After
    The Essential Ten Years After
  • Alvin Lee And Company
    Alvin Lee And Company
  • Essential Ten Years After
    Essential Ten Years After
  • Positive Vibrations
    Positive Vibrations
  • All the Best
    All the Best
  • Now
    Now
  • Evolution
    Evolution
  • About Time
    About Time
  • Pure Blues
    Pure Blues
  • The Anthology (1967-1971)
    The Anthology (1967-1971)
  • Their First Album
    Their First Album
  • Live 1990
    Live 1990
  • Alvin Lee & Company
    Alvin Lee & Company
  • Live at the Fillmore East 1970
    Live at the Fillmore East 1970
  • Ssssh. / Cricklewood Green
    Ssssh. / Cricklewood Green
  • Love Like a Man
    Love Like a Man
  • Universal
    Universal
  • Portfolio - a History
    Portfolio - a History
  • John Peel Session (23rd November 1972)
    John Peel Session (23rd November 1972)
  • Anthology 1967-1971
    Anthology 1967-1971
  • Live at the Fillmore East (disc 1)
    Live at the Fillmore East (disc 1)
  • Live
    Live
  • Live at the Fillmore East (disc 2)
    Live at the Fillmore East (disc 2)
  • Essential Collection
    Essential Collection
  • Undead
    Undead
  • Ten Years After Now
    Ten Years After Now

Ten Years After. Artist Bio

Originally from Nottingham in the UK, this band of virtuoso musicians under the leadership of Alvin Lee conquered the UK scene and then spread their wings to the USA. Their blend of jazz, blues and rock was initially slightly awkward but their first album provided an opening for them. In October, their 1967 self-titled debut album was released.

In 1968, after touring Scandinavia and the United States, Ten Years After released their second album, live Undead, which brought their first classic, "I'm Going Home." This was followed in February 1969 by studio issue, Stonedhenge, a British hit, that included another classic, "Hear Me Calling" (it was released also as a single, and covered in 1972 by British glam rock rising stars, Slade). In July 1969 they appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival, in the first event to which rock bands were invited. In August, the band performed a breakthrough American appearance at Woodstock; their furious-to-soft-to-furious rendition of "I'm Going Home" featuring Alvin Lee as the lead singer was featured in both the subsequent film and soundtrack album and catapulted them to star status.

During 1970, Ten Years After released "Love Like a Man", their only hit in the UK Singles Chart. This song was on their fifth album, Cricklewood Green. The name of the album comes from a friend of the group who lived in Cricklewood, London. He grew a sort of plant which was said to have hallucinogenic effects. The band did not know the name of this plant, so they called their album Cricklewood Green. It was the first record to be issued with a different playing speed on each side – one a three-minute edit at 45rpm, the other, a nine-minute live version at 33rpm. In August, Ten Years After played the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 to an audience of 600,000.
In 1971, the band released the album A Space in Time which marked a move toward more commercial material. It featured their biggest hit, "I'd Love To Change The World". But a few albums later, the band broke up after the 1974 album Positive Vibrations. They re-united in 1983 to play the Reading Festival and this performance was later released on CD as The Friday Rock Show Sessions - Live At Reading '83. In 1988, they re-united for a few concerts and recorded the album About Time (1989). Finally, in 1994, they participated in the Eurowoodstock festival in Budapest.

Alvin Lee has since then mostly played and recorded under his own name. In 2003, the other band members replaced him with Joe Gooch and recorded the album Now. Material from the following tour was used for the 2005 double album Roadworks.

Band members:
Alvin Lee – guitar, vocals
Leo Lyons – bass
Chick Churchill – keyboards
Ric Lee – drums
Joe Gooch – guitar, vocals (joined in 2003)

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