miércoles, 6 de marzo de 2013

Ten Years After - A Space in Time (1971 UK)

R.I.P Alvin Lee

Como me tocaba publicar, y debido al fallecimiento de Alvin Lee, he preparado este disco a toda prisa, pero a costa de hacer la reseña con texto copiado de Wikipedia...

La aparición, en 1966, de grupos como Cream y el resurgimiento del blues más avanzado, superando la etapa inicial de rhythm and blues y configurándose en base del rock más psicodélico, propiciaron la aparición de nuevas bandas inglesas en esta línea. Entre estos grupos pronto destacó Ten Years After, formada por Alvin Lee (19 de diciembre de 1944, Nottingham), guitarra; Ric Lee (20 de octubre de 1945, Cannock, Staffordshire), batería; Leo Lyons (30 de noviembre de 1944, Stanbridge, Bedforshire), bajo; y Chick Churchill (2 de enero de 1949, Molt, Flintshire), teclado.
En mayo de 1967, debutaron en el séptimo festival de jazz y blues de Windsor. Su fama se disparó entre ese año y 1969, con sus cuatro primeros álbumes: Ten Years After, Undead, Stonehenge y Ssssh (este último ya compartido en Galletas de Maria).
La consagración les vino en el festival de Woodstock, donde ejecutaron el tema I'm Going Home,1 que colocó a Alvin Lee entre los líderes de la guitarra de su tiempo. La película que se hizo sobre el memorable festival muestra una impresionante actuación de Ten Years After, con este tema de 11 minutos de duración.
Participaron también en el Festival de la Isla de Wight de 1970, y luego publicaron los álbumes Cricklewood Green y A Space in Time. Este último disco marcó su declive, acentuado después del gris Rock & Roll Music to the World (1972). A space in time fue tal éxito en Estados Unidos que el grupo no paraba de hacer giras por todo el país, ese fue el factor que les hizo decaer, pues, según palabras de Alvin Lee, se negaban a ser una gramola andante. En 1973 apareció el doble álbum grabado en directo en esas circunstancias, y en 1974, Positive vibrations fue su último disco, aunque posteriormente se editara Goin' home!, recopilación de éxitos y de su triunfo en Woodstock. Alvin Lee, que había grabado ya en solitario con Mylon LeFevre siguió dando conciertos en solitario y formó sucesivos grupos bajo su liderazgo.
A Space in Time séptimo álbum de la banda de blues rock británica Ten Years After grabado y lanzado el año 1971. Este disco, fue sin duda de los más vendidos de Ten Years After, gracias a su éxito "I'd love to change the world", una canción que criticaba el capitalismo y la guerra . El disco, intentaba acercarse a los sonidos de la psicodelia y experimentan sonidos, mezclando arreglos de cuerda, como "Over the Hill". Otros temas notables: "One of these days", "Baby Won't You Let Me Rock 'N' Roll You" o "Uncle Jam"; donde como siempre la guitarra de Alvin Lee es la que destaca en gran parte del disco, al igual que el resto de miembros de la banda.

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7 comentarios:

Dmitrich dijo...

R.I.P. Alvin...

katetoscopio dijo...

Parece que cada semana toca. DEP, Alvin


antonilópez dijo...

Cada vez que escucho "I´d Love to change the world" se me pone la carne de gallina.

Una pérdida irreparable, se ha ido uno de los grandes.


Anónimo dijo...

Kevin Ayers: Dead.
Alvin Lee: Dead.
2013: Gratefulness is on ITs way, huh?!

Anónimo dijo...

También Regg Presley: Dead, de los Troggs.
Unas cuantas canciones inmensas.

adamus67 dijo...

I once called him the fastest guitarist in the world. Probably because of the ultra-fast solos in "I'm Going Home" It was a little over forty years ago, so in an era in which many "musicians" well cut out the guitars - such as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Alvin Lee is an exciting guitarist, blessed with nimble fingers, a fantastic turn of speed and a passion for the blues. As a performer, he ranks in popularity with the other great guitar heroes of the golden rock era. His style is simpler and more direct than many of his peers, but there is no doubting his consummate ability...It was a sad day to me ,when I read that Alvin Lee is no longer among us.

Ten Years After was a blues rock band that was formed in Nottingham, England in 1967. In the late 60’s and early 70’s the band released several critically acclaimed records, including “Ssssh” and “A Space in Time.” Guitarist and vocalist Alvin Lee was the driving force behind the band, providing exceptional blues leads and the majority of the songwriting. “A Space in Time” was the band’s best seller, and the only album in which they had a successful single. 'I’d Love to Change the World' as one of the greatest songs of his generation, and having listened to it, I have to agree. This piano and acoustic guitar driven song flows beautifully, with the help of some tremendous blues guitar and a simple message; “I’d love to change the world'

The lyrics “I’d love to change the world, but I don’t know what to do, so I leave it up to you,” were perfect !!!

adamus67 dijo...

"A Space in Time" is the seventh album by the British blues rock band, Ten Years After. It was released in August 1971 by Chrysalis Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in America. A departure in style from their previous albums, "A Space in Time" is less 'heavy' than previous albums and includes more acoustic guitar, perhaps influenced by the success of Led Zeppelin who were mixing acoustic songs with heavier numbers. The album also contains their biggest hit, 'I'd Love To Change The World', the third track on the album. Although this was their biggest hit they rarely played it live.

The album itself however, is a well-developed and diverse blues record. While listening to this album it’s easy to come to the assumption that Alvin Lee is underrated and virtually unknown. His blues style is somewhat of a hybrid of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, and is successful at many speeds. The opener 'One of These Days' is a tremendous example of this. Starting off with slower leads in the verses, the track builds to a faster, Stevie Ray Vaughn-esque solo. 'Uncle Jam' is another highlight of Lee’s play on this record, it is practically a two-minute jam in which trades off between solos from Lee and Churchill (on keyboards). Lee’s best performance however, is in single 'I’d Love to Change the World', in which his leads are truly incendiary.

“A Space in Time” proves to be a diverse album, ranging from the folky 'Here They Come', to the 50’s throwback 'Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock and Roll You'. 'Let the Sky Fall' is a standout track, in which includes psychedelic vocals not unlike Jimi Henrix's 'The Wind Cries Mary'. Another underscore of the record is anti-drug song 'Hard Monkeys', in which argues that life is too good to risk using drugs. “Got no monkey on my back, and I’m never gonna crack. ‘Cause it’s a good life, too good to lose. But it’s a hard world with the junkie blues.”

Overall,"A Space in Time" was Ten Years After's best-selling album. This was due primarily to the strength of "I'd Love to Change the World," the band's only hit single, and one of the most ubiquitous AM and FM radio cuts of the summer of 1971. TYA's first album for Columbia, "A Space in Time" has more of a pop-oriented feel than any of their previous releases had. The individual cuts are shorter, and Alvin Lee displays a broader instrumental palette than before. In fact, six of the disc's ten songs are built around acoustic guitar riffs. Many of the cuts make effective use of dynamic shifts, and the guitar solos are generally more understated than on previous outings. The production on "A Space in Time" is crisp and clean, a sound quite different from the denseness of its predecessors. Though not as consistent as "Cricklewood Green", "A Space in Time" has its share of sparkling moments it is a tremendous guitar record excellent blues rock.