by Robert Wilkinson
A truly great electric blues guitarist just checked out. This guy was one of the best!
Ten Years After was an amazing electric blues group, with guitarist Alvin Lee (19 December 1944 – 6 March 2013) front and center. I had the privilege of seeing them back in 1970, and they blew the doors down! For today's tribute, here are a few great performances by this amazing guitarist.
From 1969 at Woodstock, a smokin' video version by Alvin Lee and Ten Years After of "I'm Goin' Home"
Also from 1969, a great 44 minute video performance of Ten Years After Performing Live in the Studio
Here's a treat! A full 87 minute b/w video set of "Ten Years After Live At the Winterland Ballroom 1975"
From 1983, live at the 25th anniversary of the Marquee Club, Ten Years After Live at the Marquee 1983
From 1968 at the Fillmore, here's a full 92 minute audio-only set of Ten Years After Live at the Fillmore 1968
From the Fillmore East in 1970, three audio-only tracks! This was the tour when I saw them in Dallas. First, "Love Like A Man. Second, some very heavy electric blues! "I Woke Up This Morning." We'll close this trifecta with one of my all time favorites, a 15 minute live performance of the monster blues number "Help Me"
From 1971 in Amsterdam, here's a full 71 minute audio-only set! Ten Years After Live in Amsterdam 1971
We'll close this brief tribute with an interesting video interview with Alvin Lee, followed by what looks to be a "Live in the studio" version of his biggest hit, "I'd Love To Change The World."
I suspect you DID change the world, Mister Alvin Lee, in more ways than one, for more people than you know. Thanks for giving our world some amazing electric blues guitar work. Tell the rest in rock and roll heaven I send my best! "You know they've got a helluva band" that just got better.
Copyright © 2013 Robert Wilkinson