Ten Years After – Live At The Marquee 1983 (AVI)

Ten Years After – Live At The Marquee 1983 (AVI)
2009

Blues

Recorded live at London’s famed Marquee Club on July 1, 1983, ten years after performs some of their best loved songs.This long awaited video of Alvin Lee and TEN YEARS AFTER is a must have addition to any fans collection.
The picture and sound are great and could have been shot yesterday.the music is brilliant and every track is a guitar blistering joy to watch..alvin lee on top form as are the rest of the original T.Y.A lineup.Some classic tracks rounded up by a epic 13 and a half min. “GOIN` HOME” of woodstock fame.
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This long awaited dvd of Alvin Lee and TEN YEARS AFTER is a must have addition to any fans collection.
The picture and sound are great and could have been shot yesterday.the music is brilliant and every track is a guitar blistering joy to watch..alvin lee on top form as are the rest of the original T.Y.A lineup.Some classic tracks rounded up by a epic 13 and a half min. “GOIN` HOME” of woodstock fame.The extras on the disc are a rare exerpt of alvin lee in the film “groupies” and the option to have dvd vj Tommy Vance introduce each track and give insight to the material FIVE STARS PLUS,PRICELESS STUFF BUY NOW!
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Ten Years After is a legendary UK fast-paced rock/blues group of yesteryear. The group is spearheaded by highly respected guitarist Alvin Lee, who at the age of only 15 formed the core of the band with bass player Leo Lyons. With the addition of drummer Ric Lee and keyboardist Chick Churchill the band was complete and began gigging around London in 1966. In October 1967 they released their first album and by June of the next year were already touring America, wowing audiences with their innovative rock-influenced interpretation of the blues and most particularly with Lee’s distinctive, rapid fire guitar playing.
But it was TYA’s performance at Woodstock in August 1969 in front of half a million people that cemented their reputation as one of the world’s (then) best live bands. In particular, it was the band’s performance of Lee’s track Goin’ Home, with its clear homage to the rock and roll and R&B greats like The King, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lewis, that was later to be named by many as one of the main highlights of the Woodstock festival, featuring in the Woodstock documentary released in 1970. Needless to say, this performance at Woodstock secured TYA’s popularity in the USA, where they went on to tour extensively and reach almost supergroup status, their status in turn also securing the success of the band back home in the UK.

Lee is a man who early on in his career was to suffer the label of “the world’s fastest guitar player”, a label he was understandably keen to down-play. After all, as “DVD VJ” Tommy Vance states in his commentary on this disc,  there is a huge difference between a guitar player who is simply able to achieve technical speed at the sacrifice of slurring all the notes together, and a player who is able to maintain the integrity of each individual note, whilst also increasing the speed of playing to frenetic, breakneck pace. Alvin Lee definitely falls into the latter category.

After a hectic schedule of constant live touring and several album releases, TYA were to finally break up in 1975. Lee was to go on to other solo ventures and collaborations and is still one of the world’s most respected live guitarists to this day. The concert featured on this DVD was a reunion gig recorded at London’s famous Marquee Club in 1983. (The Marquee Club is one of London’s most sacred live rock venues, having been established way back in the late 50s/early 60s and still going strong. This is the very same venue where not only TYA, but also such rock luminaries as Queen, The Stones and Pink Floyd, among others, were to hone their stage craft early on in their careers.)  This 1983 concert, as far as I know, was a one-off reunion gig for TYA. There were to be subsequent reunions a couple of times later in 1989 and then in 1997, but they never stuck, as Lee wanted to move on and continue pursuing his other interests.

If you haven’t heard of TYA before but you are a fan of live rock and blues, then this DVD is highly recommend; it showcases a guitar legend in blistering form and a group that, even after such a long break and with only a few days’ prior rehearsal, snapped back together into place as an extremely tight outfit.

Songs in the track listing listed below are all written by TYA, except for track 3 by Sonny Boy Williamson, track 4 by Willy Dixon/R Bass, track 5 by W Herman and track 7 written by Lee alone.

Curiously not credited on either the disc’s cover or on any of the menus, this is an important extra. It is an introduction to each song by “VJ” Tommy Vance. Unlike other releases in this Sanctuary Visual Entertainment/Warner Vision Australia concert DVD series, where the song intros are accomplished by a brief voiceover as a separate commentary audio track, in this case it is done via a “follow the white rabbit” feature. At the beginning of each track, a symbol appears at the bottom left hand side of the screen (the same symbol that appears on Lee’s guitar), which if selected by pressing Enter on the remote control takes the viewer out of the concert and into branched footage of Tommy Vance, reading out DJ-style a brief intro to that song. This is quite informative, providing a great context of the history of the band and the origin of each individual song.
The “follow the white rabbit” concept for this type of extra is a great idea, as it allows for a little more in-depth commentary than is otherwise possible by doing it as an overdub onto the concert audio proper. Of course, if you don’t want to have the concert interrupted by these intros, then you have the option of simply ignoring the symbols when they appear.

This DVD is highly recommended for any fan of live rock and blues music. It features a great video transfer, decent audio and a limited but highly insightful couple of extras. My only complaint with the disc (a common refrain with many live concert releases) is that we do not get to see the full concert set, as is confirmed by the disc’s short run time and the rather obvious edits between songs. This only leaves you wondering what other tracks we missed out on. But still, this disc certainly whets the appetite for what a great live band Ten Years After were.
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Avin Lee- Guitar
Chick Churghill- Keyboards
Leo Lyons- Bass
Ric Lee- Drums
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01. Love Like a Man
02. I May Be Wrong But I Won’t Be Wrong Always
03. Good Morning Little School Girl
04. Help Me
05. Woodchoppers Ball
06. Slow Blues
07. I’m Going Home
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