Alvin LEE & Ten Years After – Pure Blues 1995

Alvin LEE & Ten Years After – Pure Blues 1995

Blues

Pure Blues is a good sampler of Alvin Lee’s music, both with Ten Years After and solo. It looks like a standard compilation, yet it concentrates solely on blues-based material. Ten Years After, though, was not just a blues-rock group. They were deeply rooted in ’50s rock and roll and jazz in addition to blues, so this compilation really only shows one part of the Alvin Lee picture. But if you’re a major blues lover like me, that’s okay.
It starts with the acoustic “Don’t Want You Woman” from Ten Years After’s self-titled debut (currently out of print). Other highlights are the heavy riff-driven “I Woke Up This Morning”, and “The Stomp” (both from the SSSSH album) and two killer live tracks, “Slow Blues in C” and “Help Me” from the Recorded Live album.
This is a nice sampler, but don’t make the mistake of letting this be the only Alvin Lee/Ten Years After CD you check out. If you like this, further listening should be: Undead (1968), Recorded Live (1973), and last year’s release of Ten Years After Live at the Fillmore East.
If you’re looking for a good Ten Years After compilation, the ideal choice would be the new Ten Years After Anthology 1967 – 1971. It covers all the sides of TYA’s music, from rock to blues to jazz.
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An absolute must-have CD. Guitar legend Alvin Lee selected these tracks from his favorite recordings done with his seminal blues/rock band Ten Years After and others throughout his long career. Excellent tracks, excellent guitar playing, excellent blues.
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Not taking anything away from the talents of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, even B.B. King, and many other great blues guitarist of both tbe present and the past, but somewhere along the way the critics overlooked the exceptional talent and power of Alvin Lee. His soulful blues guitar playing on “Bluest Blues” is without a doubt one of the all-time greatest tracks that I have ever had the pleasure to listen to in my lifetime, and all by itself is worthy of the price of this album.
Alvin, if you should happen to read this, be assured that by my standards they gave the title “God” to the wrong guitarslinger; and, Eric you might even agree when listening to Bluest Blues! It just doesn’t get any better for a blues afecionado that this!!!!
By C. Butler.
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Alan Spenner, Leo Lyons- Bass
Clarence Clemons- Tenor Sax
Alvin Lee- Bass, Vocals, Vox Organ, Guitar, Piano
Jon Lord- Organ (Hammond)
Paddy McHugh, Frank Collins, Dyan Birch- Vocals
Mel Collins-Saxophone
Steve Gould- Bass, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards
Chick Churchill, Steve Grant- Keyboards
Tim Hinkley- Keyboards, Organ (Hammond)
Neil Hubbard- Guitar
George Harrison- Slide Guitar
Alan Young, Ric Lee, Ian Wallace- Drums
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01. Don’t Want You Woman 2:36
02. The Bluest Blues 7:27
03. I Woke Up This Morning 5:27
04. Real Life Blues 4:35
05. The Stomp 4:31
06. Slow Blues In ‘C’ (Live) 7:49
07. Wake Up Moma 3:58
08. Talk Don’t Bother Me 3:31
09. Every Blues You’ve Ever Heard 5:25
10. I Get All Shook Up 4:40
11. Lost In Love 4:06
12. Help Me (Live) 10:53
13. Outside My Window 8:04
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