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The Essential Ten Years After Collection

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For fans of British blues-rock, this really is essential: 14 of the best from Alvin Lee and his Manchester mates. All four of Ten Years After's U.S. hits are here- I'd Love to Change the World; Baby Won't You Let Me Rock 'n' Roll You; Choo Choo Mama , and Love Like a Man -plus a live version of I'm Going Home and more!

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  • Audio CD (August 27, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B000008LH1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on August 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Essential" by "Ten Years After" is something of a rarity as I find it faultless in collecting together on one C.D what is the "Essential" recordings. In other words, a true "Bests Of" Ten Years After.
"Ten Years After" were the classic case of a band with limited talent, but they aimed all their time and effort at what they'd got, and worked their fingers to the bone. They must still hold the record for a major band touring the states completing a total of 28 coast to coast tours. The main object of their talent was fastest guitarist in the west Alvin Lee, who also handled all the vocals, wrote all the songs, and stood center stage leaving the others very much in subordinate roles.
They weren't cute; they definitely weren't trendy. (Alvin Lee used to come on stage wearing that well known Rock `n' Roll footwear, a pair of Dutch clogs.) However, England's "Ten Years After" were one of the most electrifying groups from the late 60's and early seventies. At a time when blues based bands were two a penny, "Ten Years After" towered above the opposition with a sizzling combination of tough rootsy songs both their own compositions and well chosen covers and driving power house ensemble work, highlighted by perhaps the hottest guitar licks in the universe. Just listen to Alvin's guitar breaks on their version of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" recorded live at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival as the groups final encore from their album "Watt", and you will never of heard anybody play faster. Mind you, drummer Ric Lee (no relation) sounds as if he is thrashing away at dustbin lids not high hats.
At the time Alvin Lee was the ultimate axe hero.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. E FELL on May 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a single disc anthology of the Chrysalis recordings of Ten Years After 1970-1974. Ten Years After made their reputations by playing such high profile festivals as Woodstock and Isle of Wight. The band was highlighted by the quick and inventive blues/jazz guitar riffs of Alvin Lee. The interplay between Alvin Lee and organist Chick Churchill was both exciting and fun. Bassist Leo Lyons and drummer Ric Lee were no slouches either. The music is a combination of rock, blues/boogie and jazz. Ten Years After were one of the most inventive British blues/rock bands from this era. Highlights of this disc are many and include a live version of their show stopping "I'm Going Home" (unfortunately not the version from Woodstock). Other highlights include the hits "Love Like A Man" and the anti-war radio favorite "I'd Love To Change The World." This compilation contains most of my favorite tracks from this period. Two of my personal favorites "One Of These Days" and "You Give Me Loving" were omitted however. I wish someone could compile a box set anthology which includes their Chrysalis material and also their earlier excellent Decca material. This is an excellent overview of a great band. Highly recommended to fans of excellent guitar work and British blues/rock. You will probably also want to pick up their first two Decca albums both of which are excellent if you enjoy this anthology.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2001
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This disc rocks. I have more than 2000 CDs in my collection -- from the Beatles to the Dead to Miles Davis to Bob Wills -- and yet the Essential Ten Years After continues to get an unfair share of listening time at home and in my car. Why? The music is outstanding and it's as fresh and rocking today as it was in the early- to mid-1970s. If you already own other TYA CDs, this one captures all their best on one disc. If you don't have any TYA in your music library, you couldn't pick a better place to start. The disc's title says it all.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 2002
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This is the definitive anthology of Ten Years After. Granted, there are a few not-so-great songs on this one, but its great ones overpower them. What you thus have is a terrific slice of the late 60s/early 70s English sound. This is one of the roots of both metal AND fusion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. V. Ferraro on September 26, 2007
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TYA is a bit like Rodney Dangerfield, they never really got a lot of respect. They came along at a time when they were eclipsed by big names like, Zepplin, Clapton, Deep Purple, etc. If you accept them for what they were, a British boogie/blues quartet from northern England, I think they fare very well with their better known mates.

There is nothing fancy or pretentious about the songs. Musically, they are as tight a band as there was during that era. A few people are aware that Alvin Lee was one of the best guitarists playing in the 70's, however, Leo's bass, Chick's organ and Ric's drums were all very solid. They could flat out jam! Alvin's solo's can tend to be a bit one demensional at times but if you are a guitar affecionato, he can send goose bumps up your spine. IMO, he was everybit the equal of Page and Clapton in pure technique (no one was in Hendrix's league but that's another story).

This Best Of CD captures the essance of TYA's body of work. Crank up the CD player and pop open your favorite beverage. Ten Years After still rocks in a major way Thirty Years After.

MV Ferraro
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