"THEY DID IT AGAIN - TAKING A MASTERPIECE AND BECAUSE OF GREED CHOPPING UP AND EDITING AWAY AN ENTIRE MELODY AND CUTTING DOWN "I CAN'T KEEP FROM CRYING SOMETIME" TO A LITTLE OVER THREE MINUTES. I WISH I HAD KNOWN BEFORE BUYING THIS, I SURE WOULDN'T HAVE WASTED MY MONEY. NEXT TIME I WILL READ THE REVIEWS - I LEARND MY LESSON."
Excellent live show
J. Talsma | Amsterdam, Netherlands | 03/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have read a few reviews and was "touched" by the complaints that some CD-issues have ommitted Ric Lee's drumsolo "Hobbit" and/or shorten the 15 minute track "I Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes" part 1 and part 2 with in between "Extension On One Chord" to 3 minutes. This is a shame and foul play by the recording company. I don't know which one has the rights to issue this album. Fortunately there is at least a complete issue by EMI Plus from 2000 and this have exactly the same tapes, setlist and runningorder and -times from the original double vinylalbum. Elsewhere I read about a new issue with 2 hidden tracks, I dón't know what songs they contain. But beware, you are not getting anything extra for nothing, the risk is there that with 2 songs plus you get less songs from the original contains. Enough said about that, this is classical rock in topnotch. One of the best livealbums ever made. Ten Years After were at the heigth of their career, not much afterwards they sadly declined. Taken from the first album, the above mentioned freewheeling extended song, coupled with "Help Me" (recorded in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam at nighttime, I was there!), the slowbuilding but climaxing with speedguitar and overdrive, Williams written bluessongs. Further from "Ssssh" the downtrodden "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" but in the hands of TYA sounding fresh and sparkling (watch the bassplayer!), the heavy opener "One of these Days" from the excellent "A Space in Time" to the startling "You Give Me Loving" from "Rock and Roll Music to the World", also the homebase of "Choo Choo Mama" - which is much fatter here - this album comes as an anthology. You can debate which version of "Going Home", the ultimate livestomper, is better but on "Recorded Live" it is astonishing. Further there is some short chit/chat banter by Alvin Lee on guitar, which is amusing to say the least, he can do anything with a guitar and make it sound what he wants. amazing. A true performer and lightningfast guitarplayer, besides excellent singer/songwriter. That doesn't say the other musicians were lesser gods, they not only fullfilled their task in the shadow of Lee but made together the sound. Ric Lee (no family) shows what a drummer he was in "Hobbit" and Leo Lyons bass was booming all the time. On this live album Chuck Churchill playes somewhat a lesser role, maybe the keyboards are simply to low in the mix. On other albums his musicianship on organ, piano, electric piano and synthesizer can be heard without doubt. I love this album very much, it is timeless. Check also out the earlier recorded "Live at the Fillmore", which was issued a quarter of a century later for the first time. All in all Ten Years After were a liveact but also able to make about 10 studioalbums, with everything from pure blues, jazz, hardrock, to pop and folkrock. To remember them only from Woodstock doesn't do them justice."
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M. E. Watterston | Hackettstown, NJ | 02/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"" Alvin Lee & Ten Years After were an amazing studio band but on stage, in front of a packed house, is where these guys tore the roof off !! This disc will prove that. 11 tracks of live brilliance ! For you TYA fans, no "Hobbit" here due to time limitations. That was the Ric Lee drum solo that went on & on & on......Anyway, This thing is up there right next to Alvin Lee's Woodstock appearance 4 years earlier. It opens with two of my favorite TYA songs, "One of these Days" & "You Give Me Loving". Then we get "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" which leads us into some sweet, sweet blues stuff. The 15 minute plus "I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes" is worth the price of admission alone. Finally, "I'm Going Home" & "Choo Choo Mama" wraps up the cd with some seriously straight up Rock N Roll!! Originally released in 1973, I saw this tour @ Madison Square Garden in NYC. ZZ Top opened for them, pre Tres Hombres, and they came out for THREE encores!! It was the only time in my life I've actually seen the tiers buckling up and down like a wave in the Garden. It was a major blowout and these guys were incredible !! This cd brings that night right back to me. Over 70 minutes of Chick Churchill on keyboards, Leo Lyons on Bass, Ric Lee on drums & Alvin Lee. If you like rock n roll, do yourself a favor and throw this in your shopping cart right now. You'll be overjoyed that you did."
Blues, rock'n'roll.....and more
Jesse Quiggins | richmond, VA USA | 03/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Alvin Lee has always been one of rock's truly underated guitarists....and this album is a fine example of his versatility. from the very beginning...when he goes into "one of these days" to the very end when he comes out for an encore on "choo choo momma", Alvin rocks your world..and pulls at your heartstrings with some very nice blues. My personal favorite is "i'm goin' home" A must have and a must listen..preferrably at full volume"