I hate to write another homage to another dead musician, but Alvin Lee, the legendary Blues Guitar player and founder of the band Ten Years After, died last week due to complications from a routine surgery. I have to write about him. He was too great to let this moment pass.
These things run in threes. There are those that call this anomaly a “Trifecta” . Somewhere in heaven there is a rehearsal studio and Alvin Lee, Van Cliburn, and Reg Presley are all jamming together.
Alvin Lee was an extremely underrated Guitar player. He rose to prominence in 1969 when Ten Years After was featured in the documentary film “Woodstock” His incendiary 11 minute jam on “I’m Goin’ Home” brought the house down. I never get tired of hearing it.
Ten Years After had 12 albums in the Billboard top 200. Although they only had one top forty hit, “I’d Love To Change The World” from their great album A Space in Time. I have always loved this album and since it contains Alvin Lee’s biggest hit, I thought I would post this album to my blog and share it with anyone who hasn’t heard it before. It’s a great one to own on vinyl. It sounds great, it’s kind of psychedelic, and it’s just great music.
Here is “A Space in Time” in it’s entirety. All of the songs on this album were written by Alvin Lee except “Uncle Jam” that was co-written by the entire band.
One of These Days
Here They Come Spacey is all you can call this tune. I can hear the “space in time…”
I’d Love to Change The World The year is 1971. The Vietnam War is raging. There is enormous disenchantment with the way the world is heading. The feelings are global. Protest songs are everywhere. That’s one reason I love this song. Everyone else was trying to claim they had all the answers. Alvin Lee had the courage to say “I don’t know what to do…so I’ll leave it up to you…”
The technique of using electric and acoustic guitars in this song and the previous song shows the influence of Led Zeppelin. But still there is a lot of originality here. This song is the only Alvin Lee composition to make it into the top forty. It was #40 in 1971.
Over the Hill-Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock N Roll You
Once There Was a Time
Let The Sky Fall
I’ve Been There Too
So Alvin has left us, like Van Cliburn, and Reg Presley. He leaves behind his wife and daughter. My deepest sympathy for your loss. The sudden nature of his death could not have been easy. His music lives on and his memory should be preserved.