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Cricklewood Green

Ten Years AfterAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00005Y7KO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sugar The Road
2. Working On The Road
3. 50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain
4. Year 3,000 Blues
5. Me And My Baby
6. Love Like A Man
7. Circles
8. As The Sun Still Burns Away

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Includes Sugar the Road; Working on the Road; 50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain; Year 3,000 Blues; Me and My Baby; Love Like a Man; Circles , and As the Sun Still Burns Away .

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Years After's very best effort June 22, 2000
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When Ten Years After released Cricklewood Green, most British albums and nearly all American albums suffered from thin production values that made the albums sound as if they were playing back from far away or through a five cent speaker. But not this one! Ten Years After finally found a room (Olympic Studios) and a producer (Glyn Johns, as I recall) who together worked to make the fattest, punchiest and most intense album ever to issue from Alvin Lee & Company. Alvin is at his best here -- even better than the more commercially successful 'Space In Time' that came a few years later. But this one's the band at their peak. Chick Churchill's organ work is the perfect bed to hold together the rythym section section of Leo Lyons (bass) and Ric Lee (drums and no relation to Alvin). This album is the way that Ten Years After sounded live. Some of the songs from their subsequent album 'Ssshh!' sounded as they did live -- as did a few from 'A Space in Time' and 'Rock n Roll Music to the World.' But for pure TYA fans who loved the way they came out on stage and tore down the house, this is the one to get! Not only is it the best reflection of a great band at its performance peak, they were also at their best in their choice of material also. These are songs that are just as vicious and brutal today as they were when they first ripped the radiowaves back in early 1970. 'Sugar the Road' and 'Working on the Road' are still some of the quintessential TYA tracks -- as are the more mystic '50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain' and 'As the Sun Still Burns Away.' Even the mellower 'Circles' is a beautiful counterpoint to the rest of the album -- as is the swinging blues of 'Me and My Baby.' This album is a testament to the power of the Marshall Amplifer! Read more ›
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Last Great Workout November 25, 2000
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You have to give Alvin and the boys credit for this much - they didn't exactly succumb to post-Woodstock stasis without one piece of fight in them. And what a piece of fight it was...clean playing, smart (on their terms; we're not exactly talking the Band here) writing, and sympathetic production equaled the band's no-questions-asked best studio album. What their previous set, "Ssssh," merely promised, "Cricklewood" delivered in spades, including both the most spryly swinging blues Alvin Lee ever composed ("Me And My Baby") to his loveliest ballad ("Circles"). The two extended numbers both work without strain, but my nickel goes to "Love Like A Man," for both its bluesy theme riff and the surprising restraint in the jam section, Lee aiming more for expression than impression and keyboardsman Chick Churchill feeding him with precise flair. The overall effect is that of a band trying to stop their frenetic world so they could get off and regroup.
It wasn't destined to last, since the next album, "Watt," was a sad enough union of running out of ideas and recycling past inspirations (and no few past hot licks, either) as if they'd been playing them all their lives - and couldn't admit they'd about had it with them. If you must have one Ten Years After studio album (for a live album the choice is "Undead"), "Cricklewood Green" is the one to have; it's evidence that there certainly could be a little more to this band than their reputation allows.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 737's Coming Out of the Sky February 13, 2006
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'Cricklewood Green' is, for the most part, a bombastic rockfest. In fact, the three tune, fifteen minute opening salvo stack up nicely against any other trio of songs from any rock and roll disc. But any album aspiring to greatness must demonstrate diversity, and 'Cricklewood Green' does that as well, although I could have lived with the rockfest through a double-album of this electrifying material! In my mind of minds I imagine Alvin Lee felt the same, and included songs such as 'Year 3000 Blues', the lone country-rock number in the set, and 'Me and My Baby' a Steve Miller sound-alike track and the lone jazz-rock number, simply to show everyone that Ten Years After was much more than a one-genre pony. As if that wasn't enough, one other genre is also explored with the acoustic folk-rock number titled 'Circles', which adds more than just diversity. The sweet chorus, "Doesn't/does it matter what I do..." mixes with the bittersweet sentiments and smooth-as-a-smoothie melody to produce what we in the music review business call 'a beaute'.

The remainder of the disc builds on the solid rock foundation established by the band in four previous albums. The two longest tracks on the disc are epics in composition and performance. Both '50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain' and 'Love Like a Man' time out at 7:37. I would believe that was an uncanny coincidence were it not for the curious fade out-fade in-fade out conclusion to '50,000 Miles...'. I submit that Alvin and Co. had more than artistic concerns in adding this audio addendum, although I have no answer to the question, "why did they do it?". Heck, why does Radio Shack ask for your address when you buy batteries, and why did The Beatles hoax Paul's death?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Alvin Lee & Company!
This is the 'album' that introduced me to the band and got me hooked. Incredible guitar work. A couple of long journeys included.
Published 27 days ago by Kurk Schoner
5.0 out of 5 stars miss you Alvin
This is my favorite 10 Years After Album. Period Correct. Saw them at the Fillmore West in 1981. Great show.
Published 4 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb classic
A superb classic--Alvin and company at their very best-when the whole album was an organic whole, not just individual songs like today.
Published 7 months ago by Jamesalso
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricklewood Green
A big loos Alvin Lee what a great guitar player love this CD great songs excellent guitar playing Get it now
Published 9 months ago by gary kidwell
1.0 out of 5 stars stinks
this is the problem when you buy something based on other's reviews and there aren't any 20 second previews of the songs. i bought the wrong album. nothing here i like. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marc Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars RIP Alvin Lee
I bought this upon hearing of Alvin Lee's passing. It's a good sampler of his musical stylings. This guy was really under-appreciated in his lifetime.
Published 14 months ago by Laurence P. Iverson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricklewood Green
I had this on 8-track in the early 1970's.
It was my favorite.
When I heard Alvin Lee has passed away, I had to catch up with more.
Published 16 months ago by Mark S. Mocarski
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
I used to listen to this album years ago, and as of late, I just really wanted to hear them again. Was happy to find the cd to purchase and enjoy once again! GREAT CD!
Published 16 months ago by dlr
5.0 out of 5 stars Cricklewood Green
I wanted this CD so I can listen to some of the music I used to enjoy back in the 70's. It brings back some great old memories I spend years ago.
Published 16 months ago by Brent Boettcher
5.0 out of 5 stars deeeeelicious
Had never heard this cd before.Went on just the reviews and I absolutely loved it.Great music and I mean Great musics.Not the watered down cr#p you hear today........ Read more
Published 16 months ago by JUDAS TREES
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