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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 09:56 AM


















Ten Years After "I can't keep from Crying" Isle of Wight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZWYzheRDJk

Ten Years After - Live Bad Scene 70's
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YG7j70xGdg&feature=related

Ten Years After : "Im Goin' Home" - LIVE 1969
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0n7uL5Re9M

Ten Years After - Live at the Marquee "Love Like a Man"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6W9WKuMj5c

Alvin Lee - "Choo Choo Mama"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1VdfOioSAE

Alvin Lee and Mylon Lefevre "Carry my Load"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5M-9_QrYbI






OTHER MUSIC BIRTHDAYS 12/18/2008 :

December 19th
1980: Trevor Rager (US drummer; Fairview)
1970: Sebastian/Knud Torben Christensen (Danish guitarist)
1969: Aziza Mustafa Zadeh (Azerbaijan pianist, vocalist, composer)
1968: Kevin Shepard (founder drummer; Zoo Story/Tonic)
1961: John Eacott (UK trumpeter; Roman Holliday)
1958: Limahl/ Christopher Hamill (singer; Kajagoogoo/solo)
1957: Eric Marienthal (US alto saxophonist; Chick Corea Elektric Band)
1957: Doug Johnson (Canadian keyboardist, composer; Loverboy).
1955: Ron Kuivila (avant-garde electronics musician)
1952: Sooz/Susan Goodman Jackson (US award-winning singer-songwriter)
1952: Jeff Davis (US session musician; Lee Konitz, Machito)
1949: Lenny White III (drummer; international freelancer)
1947: Don Weller (Brit tenor saxophonist).
1947: Janie Fricke (US country pop vocalist)
1945: John McEuen (banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, accordion; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
1944: Zal Yanovky (Canadian singer, guitarist; Mugwumps/Loving Spoonful)*13.Dec.2002.
1944: Alvin Lee (Guitar, vocals; Ten Years After)
1941: Maurice White (drummer, vocals; sessionist/Earth Wind & Fire)
1940: Phil Ochs (US folk singer, guitar, songwriter)*09.April.1976
1938: Roger Blank (US session drummer; Sun Ra)
1938: Pete Strange (UK trombonist; sideman to Humphrey Lyttelton)*14.08.2004
1937: Milcho Leviev (Bulgarian keyboardist)
1935: Robert Henry "Bobby" Timmons (US pianist;Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers)*01.03.1974
1929: Bob Brookmeyer (US jazz valve trombonist, pianist, arranger)
1928: Santos Miranda (US percussionist)
1927: Harry Harman (Australian tuba player)
1925: Robert B. Sherman (US songwriter with Sherman Brothers)
1920: Little Jimmy Dickens (American countrysinger, guitarist)
1918: Professor Longhair/Henry Roeland Byrd (US rock & roll piano player)*30.Jan.1980.
1915: Charlie Ryan (US rockabilly guitarist)
1915: Édith Piaf/Edith Giovanni Gassion (French singer, actress)*11.Oct.1963
1911: Lucius "Lu" Watters (US jazz bandleader, trumpeter)*05.Oct.1989
1895: Erskine Tate (US big bandleader, banjo, violinist; Vendome Orchestra)*17.Dec.1978
1885: Joe "King" Oliver (Pioneering American jazz musician, cornet)*08.April.1938





 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 10:46 AM
Happy B'day, Alvin

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 10:53 AM
Happy Birthday, Alvin, and thanks for these many years of music! (Alvin always falls in my list of top guitar players ... Ten Years After - Going Home ... some fine Rock&Roll and tasty guitar playing there! )

[Edited on 12/19/2008 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 11:27 AM
I love that Woodstock movie footage!!!!!!!! After Alvin finishes "I'm Going Home," a huge watermelon rolls in from the darkness onto the stage. He picks it up over his shoulder and hauls it away (until a roadie tries to take it from him).

Besides acid and marijuana, "electric watermelon" was another big turn-on of the times.


 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 11:29 AM
Cool

Happy Birthday Alvin

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 11:58 AM
Happy Birthday Speedy Alvin

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 12:06 PM
great band and what a powerhouse they were...........

no clue on why or how they faded

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 12:08 PM
What is Alvin up to these days!

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 12:09 PM
And Happy B-Day!

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 12:14 PM
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great band and what a powerhouse they were...........

no clue on why or how they faded



Alvin is still hangin' on with his own band.

Ten Years After tours without him.

Here is the band without Alvin :


TEN YEARS AFTER "Change The World" LIVE 7-07
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my9SqIo_tjs

TEN YEARS AFTER - "50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMSQunsznIU

And Alvin Lee "2008"

How Do You Do It - Alvin Lee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT3kMP1_dN8

Alvin Lee à l'Olympia 24 mars 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNJoGEcMLAE


Alvin can still do it.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 12:32 PM
Can't get my head around Ten Years After without the main man!!
They were a real powehouse through the early years; saw them perhaps a dozen times in largely small venues in the UK during late 60's. Apart from Alvin's storming playing, Chic Churchill was a blast on the B3.

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 12:37 PM
TEN YEARS AFTER Now are Leo Lyons, Chick Churchill, Ric Lee and new front man Joe Gooch.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 12:39 PM
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Can't get my head around Ten Years After without the main man!!
Agree with this completely... to me Alvin Lee was so much of the music and sound of Ten Years After.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 12:43 PM
Happy B Day Alvin! Hope it's a good one!
 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 12:57 PM
One of my all time favorite bands. l which Alvin would come here and tour.
 

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 01:00 PM

About his latest tour that ended in November.

I hadn't seen Alvin live for about 20 years, so couldn't help wondering how he might have changed, as we all have over the years. The thing about him is, he's got so much technique and natural talent that he could, if he wanted, play at 80%, put on an 'act' and still make you enjoy it, But that's not the man or his style... he takes you on an edge-of-your-seat ride that pushes you, as well as himself, to the limit. You can see him stretching to meet his own expectations, as well as those of the audience. and his own love of the music he plays, and that's what sets him apart.

Tilburg was freezing with snow in the air on the coldest night of the year so far. It's a typically Dutch town with even more bicycles than you ever expect to see. Lovely friendly and hospitable people there. The venue was a black painted cavern just along from a street of bars and cafes where, incredibly in the zero temperature, drinkers sat outside til after midnight. It had tiered steps up from the stage, holding about 2500 and it was packed with fans when Alvin came onstage at 10 pm on the dot, asked if they were ready to rock and roll, roared his red Gibson into life before they could answer.

Someone else will no doubt have the set list - for me it went by as something of a dazzling blur, with one familiar song after another being given the Lee treatment - a bit of Django or Charlie Christian here, bit of Franny Beecher or Scotty there and plenty of Alvin in between. Even a creditable solo flamenco piece between numbers. They loved him, singing and swaying along and raising a forest of arms to cheer and applaud at the end of every number.

He often gets into places in his solos where you can't see how he's going to get himself out - but he always finds the way - and leaves you gasping when he pulls it off. This is how Going Home seemed, more than ever, this time. Picking it up, slowing it down, finishing on a high after he's teased you just long enough. Then, somehow, having to top it off with an encore when you can't imagine how he can give anything more.

I tried to make a comparison in my mind with how I saw him 20 years ago and before... the brain plays tricks, so I can't be sure but here goes. If anything, his timing and phrasing have got even better - there's less thunder and lightning, more balance and harmony. His voice has grown more into itself as an instrument. What never alters, though, is the excitement he generates, his passion and quest for perfection, for his own sake as well as for the fans.

Don't wait till he comes to see you - go and see him

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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 01:06 PM
Happy Birthday, Alvin!

 

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