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A Space in Time

4.7 out of 5 stars 148 customer reviews

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Their 1971 hit album featuring the FM rock staple I'd Love to Change the World, One of These Days, Baby Won't You Let Me Rock 'n' Roll You , and more featuring Alvin Lee's fiery axe-work.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000003JA5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A friend and I were recently reminiscing of a space in time before there were music downloads, mp3's, i tunes,and i pods. A time when vinyl was the musical medium . Albums contained liner notes and lyric sheets that were printed large enough to read. Cover Art was captivating and meant to be enjoyed. Songs were heard as being just a smaller segment of a larger collection of work. You dropped the needle,sat down and took it in from start to finish. Like a great movie, you wouldn't dare leave before the end. Every song set up the next one. The music was the event of that moment in time, not a wallpaper back drop. 'A Space In Time' is of that time, yet after 35 years it has stood the test. Timeless.
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What sets this release apart from earlier TYA albums is the liberal use of tasty acoustic guitar and plenty of sound effects and studio tricks that complement the overall texture. From tuning a radio dial to open a 12-bar boogie blaster(Baby, Won't You Let Me Rock and Roll You)to backward tape solos(Let The Sky Fall)to 50's Sci-Fi(Here They Come), Alvin Lee and Company were in top form on this 1971 "Time Capsule". Lee also shows that he was no slouch on harmonica as he belts out the blues harp(One Of These Days)along with the nice licks from his trusty hot-rodded Gibson ES-335's. Lee's lyrics ran the full gamut on this collection, from country honk(Once There Was A Time)to otherworldly beings "who fly out of the sun", and "know everything we must learn"(Here They Come). He sings painfully about the pitfalls of drug addiction, but optimistically about recovery(Hard Monkeys, I've Been There Too)and tells us that he notices the World's ills but doesn't know what to do, so he "leaves it up to you"(I'd Love to Change the World).
Leo Lyons(Bass), Chick Churchill(Keyboards)and Ric Lee(Drums)are excellent as usual. This is the one that occupied a particular "Space in Time" for its era, and gets my vote as the best overall TYA album due to the diversity of the material and subject matter. There's just about something for everyone.
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Have not listened to this one since 1972. Listened again in 2005. It holds up. It still rocks. In particular: Once There was a Time. Let the Sky Fall. Wow. Even the the great druggy anthem, I'd Love to Change the World, still sounds good (compare to: Stairway to Heaven -- love Led Zep but that overplayed cut is inferior to this underplayed jewel). Over the Hill is amusing, with its Sgt. Pepper strings. Here They Come - so much better than other circa 1970 folky-bluesy cuts (think Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, et al.)... OK I concede to the occasionally corny lyrics. But this CD sounds good.
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Ten Years After has always been associated with Woodstock ie: I'm Going Home. Yet, it was this LP that connected with the Woodstock Atmosphere. The Anthem "I'd Love to change the World" put everything in focus. This LP reminds me of Led Zepplin III in it's experimental nature with it's emphasis on accoustic driven numbers. The version here that is offered by BGO records far surpasses the previous offering. It 's re-mastering is excellent -as the material deserves. There is a booklet included that enlightens the collector about the band as well. Bottom line on this is it's well worth the upgrade-and if you haven't got this CD yet this is the version to get.
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Most fans of Ten Years After regard 'A Space In Time' as the quintessential work of Alvin Lee, Chick Churchill, Leo Lyons and Ric Lee, but it's not my favorite TYA album. I would reserve that honor for 'Rock and Roll Music To the World' or 'Cricklewood Green', yet it's hard to deny the quality of the compositions and the diversity in the tracks offered in this package. In fact, the quality and diversity is so prominant that there really isn't much room for the hallmark of many TYA albums, Alvin Lee's churning lead guitar. It is a juggernaut, however, in that there isn't a single bad track, but an abundance of choice melodies, interesting, well-turned lyrics, and even occasional philosophic insights. One of my fascinations with Alvin Lee's composing, in fact, is the occasional verse that deserves more than just a moments contemplation.

'One of These Days', a loping six minute blues number with sharp guitar licks from Alvin and a raved-up mouth harp finale, opens the disc. 'Here They Come' follows with a haunting melody, and lyrics that challenge us with an assurance that "far, far have they come", "they" being E.T.'s. The third track is the familiar 'I'd Love To Change the World', which like 'Stairway To Heaven', and 'Won't Get Fooled Again' are distinguished by being in that handful of songs actually overplayed on AOR radio. It's still a great track, ushering in the end of the hippie era right on cue in 1971. 'Over the Hill' begins a sequence of songs that infuse 'A Space In Time' with remarkable diverstiy, in this case utilizing string arrangements to support acoustic guitars. This anti-drug number runs only two and a half minutes, even with the opening and closing sound FX.
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Some of the CDs coming out of AudioFidelity have been great and some have been marginal. A Space In Timne is Fantastic. It has great depth. It is a great album and the sound is on of the best around. If you love this album or just love classic rock, get this. Great guitar work and audiophile sound, what else do you want?
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