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Pure Blues [Box set, Import]

Ten Years After, Alvin Lee & Ten Years AfterAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony UK
  • ASIN: B003YI3D9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cross Road Blues
2. That's All Right
3. The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll
4. Need Your Love So Bad
5. Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Blues for Mama
2. Pride and Joy
3. Killing Floor
4. I'd Rather Go Blind
5. Early in the Morning
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Hard to Be
2. Sawbuk
3. Cleanhead Blues
4. Hold Me (Just a Little Longer Tonight)
5. Baby Don't You Think I Know
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Howling Wolf [Live]
2. I've Got to Forget You
3. Corinna
4. Let Me Miss You, Baby
5. Back o' Town Blues
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Each collection features 4 CDs of the greatest artists, the biggest songs and the harder-to-find hits all uniquely themed to a genre.

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to Alvin Lee January 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Pure Blues is a good sampler of Alvin Lee's music, both with Ten Years After and solo. It looks like a standard compilation, yet it concentrates solely on blues-based material. Ten Years After, though, was not just a blues-rock group. They were deeply rooted in '50s rock and roll and jazz in addition to blues, so this compilation really only shows one part of the Alvin Lee picture. But if you're a major blues lover like me, that's okay.
It starts with the acoustic "Don't Want You Woman" from Ten Years After's self-titled debut (currently out of print). Other highlights are the heavy riff-driven "I Woke Up This Morning", and "The Stomp" (both from the SSSSH album) and two killer live tracks, "Slow Blues in C" and "Help Me" from the Recorded Live album.
This is a nice sampler, but don't make the mistake of letting this be the only Alvin Lee/Ten Years After CD you check out. If you like this, further listening should be: Undead (1968), Recorded Live (1973), and last year's release of Ten Years After Live at the Fillmore East.
If you're looking for a good Ten Years After compilation, the ideal choice would be the new Ten Years After Anthology 1967 - 1971. It covers all the sides of TYA's music, from rock to blues to jazz.
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78 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BLUES/ROCK GEM May 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
IF YOU ARE READING THIS YOU MUST HAVE BEEN GUIDED HERE BY A BLUES DEITY AND YOU SHOULD THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS--5 OF THEM. THIS CD IS A COMPILATION OF ALVIN LEE'S BEST BLUES/ROCK NUMBERS OVER THE PAST 28 YEARS AND DEMONSTARTES ALVIN LEE'S MUSICAL TALENTS AND VERSATILITY. ON VARIOUS TRACKS MR. LEE SINGS AND PLAYS BASS, PIANO, DRUMS, GUITAR AND VOX NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT ALL BUT ONE SONG, "HELP ME" ARE ALVIN LEE ORIGINALS. AS AN ADDED BONUS, THREE TRACKS ALSO FEATURE GEORGE HARRISON ON THE SLIDE GUITAR. SINCE THIS BAND ORDINARILY PLAYS ROCK MUSIC, BLUES FANS WOULD HAVE TO LOCATE AND BUY 8 OF THEIR CD'S/ALBUMS TO OTHERWISE HEAR THESE GEMS AND YOU WOULD STILL BE MISSING :OUTSIDE MY WINDOW" WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED. A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BUY!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An absolute must-have CD. Guitar legend Alvin Lee selected these tracks from his favorite recordings done with his seminal blues/rock band Ten Years After and others throughout his long career. Excellent tracks, excellent guitar playing, excellent blues.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Overshadowed Talent of Alvin Lee January 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Not taking anything away from the talents of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, even B.B. King, and many other great blues guitarist of both tbe present and the past, but somewhere along the way the critics overlooked the exceptional talent and power of Alvin Lee. His soulful blues guitar playing on "Bluest Blues" is without a doubt one of the all-time greatest tracks that I have ever had the pleasure to listen to in my lifetime, and all by itself is worthy of the price of this album.
Alvin, if you should happen to read this, be assured that by my standards they gave the title "God" to the wrong guitarslinger; and, Eric you might even agree when listening to Bluest Blues! It just doesn't get any better for a blues afecionado that this!!!!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best blues/rock composite ever February 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an AMAZING album with absolutely no soft spots. These are songs all written by the amazing and underated Alvin Lee. Most of the songs are played with Alvin as a solo artist with his band.
This CD totally smashes the totally inaccurate view that Alvin Lee is is just someone who plays very fast and the star of Woodstock 69, although that is true. The man has soul.
Alvin's assortment of Blues is amazing and you can hear his creativity explode with the songs he plays FREE of the limitations of his old, original backup band from Ten Years After.
Best song on this, in my opinion and about my favorite song of all time is "The Bluest Blues", where Alvin is trading lead with George Harrison's piecing slide guitar and Jon Lord on the keyboard.
I really hope that this opens the door for people to look at Alvin's solo efforts with the Alvin Lee Band which are wonderful in they're musicianship, style and variety.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Expert Opnion October 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It honestly is unfortunate Alvin Lee was'nt known for more than the preformance at Woodstock that labled him famous for "I'm going home". He was and still is a jazz and blues force that will more than likely never get the recognition he deserves for, not only his super fast guitar licks, but the clean precision in which he plays them. I recently attended a small club preformance by Mr. Lee and most of the younger audience could'nt grasp the more technical scales and leads he shoved at them until he plain rock & rolled them. After that some of the songs from the pre woodstock era, i.e "I can't keep from cryin" and "help me" sank in a bit deeper. Like many of the great preformers of his era Alvin Lee will more than likely NEVER get the credit he deserves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look ma! We need more stars! September 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I actually wore out this CD the first time I bought it. Blues with a passion. Such a clean album. Blues in Slow C just stops me in my tracks whenever I hear it. I couldn't decide between this or the Saturday Night Sleazer soundtrack, but I think I finally made the right move (God knows I've made enough bad ones).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Musical majesty January 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Why OH Why did it take me so long to find this great CD, THE MAN IS great and every song played with feeling, The guitar work is brillant and the choice of songs insipiring. This is one CD all blues fans should own and all rock fans listen to then buy. I have most of Alvin Leee's albums but never could get hold of a copy of this now i have it is never of the system. And the GUITAR work on the track the BLUEST BLUE, just makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Where have all the people gone who use to play like this. This is a must buy for anyone how calls themselves a Blues Or Rock fan it would get 6 stars if that was possible. A CLASSIC
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Absolutely incredible!
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Corlett
4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection.
All around talent. Good selection.
Published 1 month ago by Shepard Coporate
5.0 out of 5 stars Alvin Lee...love it
Alvin Lee was one of the best blues guitarists of all time and this album proves it.
Published 1 month ago by Mongo Cream
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is pretty darn good too!
Published 2 months ago by paul r shaar
5.0 out of 5 stars A compilation fro Blues Purists
A project Alvin Lee started - essentially taking "Pure Blues" tracks from various Ten Years After, Ten Years Later and Solo albums into a collection series - unfortunately... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Werner Hahling
5.0 out of 5 stars All in one place
Great Blues music and Alvin Lee playing it. All these songs are already on various Alvin Lee albums. All those songs are now in one place. Not a bad song on the CD. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JR
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good gift
My husband loved another CD from this band, thought he would like this too - wrong. Oh, Well better luck next time
Published 7 months ago by Mrs.Robbins
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair, I guess...
Again, I never played this. I went back to the Bible, so I no longer own this or played it. Either threw it out or gave it away.
Published 7 months ago by Marlene Rafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluest blues
Great album,one of my favorites ever,ever time I listen to this
Album with someone they want it so I buy a new one,bought this cd like 4 times and scared to let anyone listen... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marissa Fortunato
5.0 out of 5 stars my collection
This is the very best of Alvin lee. His guitar playing is nothing less than brilliant
This is my number one blues album . Read more
Published 9 months ago by allbran
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