TEN YEARS AFTER
Ten Years After is a British blues-rock quartet consisting of Alvin Lee (guitar, vocals), Chick Churchill (keyboard), Leo Lyons (bass) and Ric Lee (drums). The group were formed in 1967 in England, and were soon signed to Decca. Although their first album flopped, their second ‘Undead’, a live album, hit the charts both in the UK and America. The album featured ‘I’m Going Home’, a six-minute blues track, which was one of the bands greatest hits. Their 1969 album, ‘Stonedhenge’ reached the UK Top Ten.
The bands break in America came after an appearance at Woodstock, at which they played a nine-minute masterpiece of their hit, ‘I’m Going Home’. Their next album, ‘Ssssh’ reached the US Top Twenty, with the next album ‘Cricklewood Green’ reaching number four.
Watt completed the group's Decca contract, after which they signed with Columbia and moved in a more mainstream pop direction, shown through their gold-selling 1971 album ‘A Space in Time’, and it’s Top Forty single, ‘I’d Love to Change the World’.
Subsequent efforts in that direction were less successful, however, and Ten Years After split up after the release of ‘Positive Vibrations’ in 1974.
They reunited in 1988 for concerts in Europe and recorded their first new album in 15 years, the aptly named ‘About Time’, in 1989 before disbanding once again. In 2001, Ric Lee was preparing the back catalog for re-release when he discovered the Live at the Fillmore East 1970 tapes. He approached Alvin about getting back together to promote the lost album, but Alvin Lee declined. The rest of the band was up for it, though, and together with guitarist Joe Gooch, Ten Years After started touring again. In addition to touring the world, this new incarnation recorded their first new material in about a decade and a half and released Now in 2004 and added the live double CD set 'Roadworks' in 2005
Ten Years After, Deram, 1967.
Undead (Live Album), Deram, 1968.
Stonedhenge, Deram, 1969.
Ssssh, Deram, 1969.
Cricklewood Green, Deram 1970.
Watt, Deram, 1970.
A Space in Time, Columbia, 1971.
Rock & Roll Music to the World, Columbia, 1972.
Recorded Live (Double Live Album), Columbia, 1973.
Positive Vibrations, Columbia, 1974.
Rocket Fuel, RSO, 1978.
Ride On, RSO, 1979.
About Time, Chrysaliis, 1989.
Live at the Fillmore east 1970 (Double Live Album), 2001.
One Night Jammed (Live), 2003.
Roadworks (Double Live Album), 2005.
Live at Fiesta City (Live DVD), 2009.
This information is provided as a brief overview and not as a definitive guide, there are other sources on the net for that. If however you have a story or information that is not generally known we would love to hear from you. Content@rokpool.com