Ten Years After--Rock & Roll Music to the World
John D. Daugherty | Old Orchard Beach, ME USA | 09/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since the very first time I heard this album, way back when it was a new LP on the stands for the first time, it has been my favorite Ten Years After album. Pop music critics have always preferred "A Space in Time," "Cricklewood Green," and "SSSH," but to my way of thinking, this far less frenetic outing by Alvin "Lightning Fingers" Lee contains his tastiest playing. While the content of the songs is inspired by the blues, as in the persistent image of railroads as a means of escape and achieving freedom, the music is rock'n roll, cleanly played with power and finesse. The songs are all about escaping the strictures of conventional society and attaining personal freedom, as was Lee's "On the Road to Freedom," a joint effort with Mylon LaFevre. We see this quest in every song, with the possible exception of "ChooChoo Mama," which is just plain fun. Lee was and is a master technician--even at his fastest, each note is round and full, with a beginning, middle, and end, and each note is distinct--no slurring. Try it--you'll like it, They don't make'em like this anymore."
Energetic performances, killer tunes and great production...
ethersea | Austin, TX | 06/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think this is one of Ten Years After's best records...All of the tunes are really very good, with some terrific hooks ("You Can't Win 'em All", "You Give Me Loving" & "Tomorrow I'll Be Out of Town" all being faves), and as is true of "A Space in Time", the songwriting is more refined than much of the material on their earlier (but equally cool) LPs...An obvious change with "A Space In Time" and this record is how much better the production is...the recordings have a little more warmth and depth than their earlier LPs.
Highly recommended if you have a sweet tooth for the music of the british blues boom; TYA being one of the better yet less touted bands of that great era..."