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Ten Years After

Ever see "Woodstock," the film? A few hundred thousand people wallow in the mud to hear the cream of late '60s Rock. What was memorable?

"It's a free concert from now on."

"What we'd like is breakfast in bed for half a million people."

Sha-Na-Na took the stage to claim the title as the premier fun rock group. You know, this should be fun.

Stephen Stills, the middle name of Crosby, Stills & Nash, stated Woodstock was their second gig and they were scared "shitless." Yeah, you'd be scared too if you were playing an acoustic set to an audience that was in dire need of Rock.

Rock! Power chords! Loud, unruly, wild and crazy. Well, until Jimi Hendrix hit the stage toward the end, the only Rocker for the longest time was Ten Years After doing "Goin' Home." At least they had some energy.

Sure, "Goin' Home" was repetitive but it was far better than listening to Sha-Na-Na's gutless schlock or the barbershop stylings of CSN. Saving Woodstock until Hendrix's arrival was Ten Years After's crowning achievement. So how did Ten Years After arrive at that point?

Formed in '66 around guitarist/vocalist Alvin Lee, Ten Years After (the birth of Rock 'n' Roll) was a hard-hitting Blues unit. Their Woodstock appearance established TYA as a boogie band. The acoustic/electric Rocker "I'd Love To Change The World" from the "A Space In Time" album, released in '71, was the group's only major chart success. The album was their best seller. By '74, Ten Years After had run out of steam and disbanded. They regrouped and recorded in the '80s with little impact.
Ten Years After  Discography

"Essential Ten Years After" covers the band's history. "Greatest Hits" is a leaner version. TYA fans have an affection for "Cricklewood Green" claiming it's T.Y.A.'s best studio effort.

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