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Ten Years After Live From The Vaults
on October 24, 2001
I read about this new cd in "Ice" magazine and I had to find a copy. This is a 2 cd import set recorded live at the Fillmore East during 2 nights in New York City. Ten Years After are an interesting band mixing elements of rock, blues, and jazz. The jazz elements are even more evident when they performed live in concert. This enabled Alvin Lee and company to stretch out and improvise within the framework of their songs. This release follows on the heels of two other excellent live albums "Undead" and "Recorded Live". This cd contains live versions of a number of songs not included on the previously mentioned disks. Among the those cuts are a live version on their single "Love Like A Man", and the rarely played Chuck Berry cover "Roll Over Beethoven" found in tandem with "Sweet Little Sixteen". The set list spotlights two cuts from their (unreleased at that point) "Cricklewood Green" album. These are smoking renditions of "Working On The Road" and "50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain". The second disc includes "Woke Up This Morning" and the rarely played by this time "Spoonful". Alvin's faster than light speed runs are spotlighted on "Help Me" and the inevitable "I'm Going Home". The underrated bass techique of Leo Lyons is featured on "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", while Ric Lee's drumming is featured on the "Hobbit". The collective improvisational skills of the entire band are highlighted in "I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes" which also contains brief bits of "Cat's Squirrel" and "Sunshine Of Your Love". The cd booklet descibes the concert experience at the Fillmore and is penned by drummer Ric Lee. This is a welcome addition to my collection and is in heavy rotation. Rumor has it that their individual albums originally issued on Chrysalis are scheduled to be remastered with the addition of bonus tracks. I am already chomping at the bit if this release is any indication of what goodies are left in the vaults.