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I was bummed out today when I discovered that Alvin Lee died a couple of months ago. Somehow, I missed that.
Over the years, when I've had discussions with my fellow rock-loving friends, I've always presented him as my most underrated rock guitarist of all time. I have to admit, I have a soft spot for guitarists with a blues edge, but I genuinely feel he never got the recognition he deserved. Part of that was timing, as he came along during a golden era where Hendrix was at his peak, and other guitarists, such as Clapton, Page, Townsend, Beck, etc., where coming on.
Amazing player. For those that have never seen him play, I suggest you watch the original Woodstock movie, or find a clip on youtube.
Pretty good stuff.
Ten Years After - I'm Going Home(Live)
Woodstock (August 17th 1969)
Band members: Alvin Lee -- guitar, vocals,
Leo Lyons -- bass,
Ric Lee -- drums,
Chick Churchill -- organ
I think Lees biggest obstacle to fame was that 10 years after was not a commercial success on the scale necessary to attract broad acclaim.
Thanks for posting this. I've seen it many times, usually when watching the movie. For those who are viewing the first time, I would recommend being patient and watching the end, or fast-forwarding to the last 3 minutes or so.
Definitely. Unfortunately, that happens quite a bit. Their only true hit was "I'd love to change the world," which ended up being my high school class song (I was pleasantly surprised at the time since I didn't have much confidence in the committee of students selecting the song, and because it was an older song. I figured it would be some sappy pop song).
The other thing that hurt Lee is that he wasn't at all focused on what was popular with the mainstream. He was content to dabble in various music genres and liked to try to fuse blues with folk, rock and country. That's admirable as an artist, but can be quite a barrier to commercial success, but, again, I don't think he cared. IIRC, I believe that's what led to his break-up with 10 years after - he didn't want to "sell out."
This post was edited by DieHardHawk 11 months ago
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