Ten Years After: Recorded Live (2xCD)
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For those interested in such trivia, Big Red was acquired by Alvin in the early 60's for around 45 pounds, case included! Being an amateur boffin(guitar tech), Alvin removed the pickup covers and installed a single coil pickup in-between the bridge and neck humbuckers "to give it more top end". Suffice it to say that the tones and controlled feedback that emanate from this heavy duty axe border on magical.
The many decals that decorate Big Red were passed along to Alvin at Woodstock and other venues and "just got slapped on". The guitar was re-laquered after being repaired(the neck got broken), and the decals became permanent fixtures, "which is fine" as Alvin put it.
A good view of one of Alvin's ES-335's(not Big Red though...it has a Bigsby!)is on the back cover of the A SPACE IN TIME album, laying atop a pinball machine with the strings in disarray.
For those lucky enough to witness TYA live, we have the memories of a so-tight band in full swing. Leo Lyons has to be the most energetic bass player on the planet. He bobs, he weaves, he seemed to be in perpetual motion for the whole show! Chick Churchill's excellent keyboard work layed down the rhythmic foundation along with Leo and Ric for Alvin's jacked solo's and smooth riffing.Read more ›
Truth is, yes, it is a notch below the fiery performance captured on "Live At The Fillmore East" but not by much. The band is pretty tight and focused.
The drum solo song, "Hobbit" is the weakest track just because it is a drum solo. Not knocking Ric Lee as a drummer or anything but drum solos arn't as exciting to hear than to see.
That said, at least it doesn't go on forever like some drum solos do.
Out of all released live material by TYA, most songs come from the pre-Columbia days, except a few Columbia LP tracks, which happened to have been recorded live in concert. The original LP of "Recorded Live" contained a handful, "One Of These Days", "You Give Me Loving", "Standing At The Station" and "Choo Choo Mama". These tracks came from 4 different shows in Europe. This is the ONLY way you can get Columbia-era live tracks (except one - more on that later).
The 2013 remaster adds bonus tracks to the now 2 CD release (the original US Columbia release eliminated "Hobbit" to make it one CD) and it is just stuffed full of music. Many songs are extended jams. One bonus track, "Time Is Flying" is not on ANY TYA studio release.
The sound quality on this 2013 remastered CD is excellent, for any live release I've heard. I never had the original LP but did hear it once or twice decades ago, but I don't recall it sounded as good as this. The liner notes say the band wanted this to be a good-sounding definitive live album and they used the Rolling Stones Mobile to record the shows. This was to counter some poor-sounding bootlegs which were coming out at the time.Read more ›
Leo Lyons on bass shows that that particular instrument in his hands is a formidable tool in keeping a steady and totally creative sound allowing for Chicks multi layered organ to float within the music thus allowing Alvin Lee to sing his heart out and enjoy himself playing his guitar and you can hear that he is enjoying every note played. Ric plays the drums like a man possessed just listen to the Hobbit.
That this recording is this good shows that the Rolling stones rolling studio was a fine facility allowing us to have and cherish some of the classic live performances from the era. TYA Recorded live is one of them,
This CD version is a very good beautifully remastered package well worth having. I just hope that the good folks at BGO records can persuade Alvin Lee to release some more material from those recordings.
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Ten Years After best album I am glad it be came a 2 cd set I like cds that omit songs from the original album. I have no complaintsPublished 2 months ago by Kim Allen
Its so sad to hear that Alvin lee pass away.your music lives on forever.great band of the late 60sPublished 5 months ago by Anthony Acosta
Great sound, great Band. These guys rocked and played the blues as good as anyone. cheers TyTPublished 6 months ago by Ty Twist