Ten Years After
A Space in Time


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
October 28th, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "A Space in Time" is an intricately developed and diverse blues rock record.

About a week ago, my father asked me to check out a song. He described I’d Love to Change the World as one of the greatest songs of his generation, and having listened to it, I have to agree. This piano and acoustic guitar driven song flows beautifully, with the help of some tremendous blues guitar and a simple message; “I’d love to change the world, but I don’t know what to do, so I leave it up to you.” After hearing the song, I decided to check out the album, and what I discovered was an excellent blues rock record.

Ten Years After was a blues rock band that was formed in Nottingham, England in 1967. In the late 60’s and early 70’s the band released several critically acclaimed records, including “Ssssh” and “A Space in Time.” Guitarist and vocalist Alvin Lee was the driving force behind the band, providing exceptional blues leads and the majority of the songwriting. “A Space in Time” was the band’s best seller, and the only album in which they had a successful single. The album itself however, is a well-developed and diverse blues record.

Ten Years After:
Alvin Lee – Guitars and Vocals
Chick Churchill – Keyboards
Leo Lyons – Bass Guitar
Ric Lee – Drums

While listening to this album it’s easy to come to the assumption that Alvin Lee is underrated and virtually unknown. His blues style is somewhat of a hybrid of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, and is successful at many speeds. The opener One of These Days is a tremendous example of this. Starting off with slower leads in the verses, the track builds to a faster, Stevie Ray Vaughn-esque solo. Uncle Jam is another highlight of Lee’s play on this record, it is practically a two-minute jam in which trades off between solos from Lee and Churchill (on keyboards). Lee’s best performance however, is in single I’d Love to Change the World, in which his leads are truly incendiary.

“A Space in Time” proves to be a diverse album, ranging from the folky Here They Come, to the 50’s throwback Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock and Roll You. Let the Sky Fall is a standout track, in which includes psychedelic vocals not unlike Jimi Henrix's The Wind Cries Mary. Another underscore of the record is anti-drug song Hard Monkeys, in which argues that life is too good to risk using drugs. “Got no monkey on my back, and I’m never gonna crack. ‘Cause it’s a good life, too good to lose. But it’s a hard world with the junkie blues.”

Overall, “A Space in Time” is a very underrated album by a very underrated band. Fans of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, and even Eric Clapton will enjoy this, as it is a tremendous guitar record.

Recommended Tracks:
One of These Days
I’d Love to Change the World
Let the Sky Fall
Hard Monkeys
Uncle Jam



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EVedder27
October 28th 2009


6088 Comments


Seriously, anyone who is even remotely into blues check this out.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2009


17224 Comments


holy shit a 10 years after review. did not expect to see this on sputnik. nice alvin lee is such a great guitarist.

Blindsided
October 29th 2009


1871 Comments


God your such a review machine.

EVedder27
October 29th 2009


6088 Comments


yeah I guess I'm making up for not reviewing anything the first few months I was on here.

BigHans
October 29th 2009


26454 Comments


Change the World is great. I had forgotten it existed until I saw it on Tropic Thunder. May have to stream this one.

thatguy84
October 29th 2009


214 Comments


I've been meaning to check this out for a while. Good review.

Jethro42
October 29th 2009


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review buddy.
I agree with your father about 'Change The World'.
That song reminds me of good old days of youth.
Perhaps I know some other songs by them. I'll check them out soon.



EVedder27
October 29th 2009


6088 Comments


Thanks guys. I would definitely recommend this album, Alvin Lee is an awesome guitarist.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2011


21401 Comments


This rules.

TheNotrap
August 23rd 2011


8121 Comments


Alvin Lee rules. Great guitar player

Digging: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2011


21401 Comments


Yeah he's awesome.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2011


21401 Comments


TAX THE RICH

FEED THE POOR

CelestialDust
March 25th 2012


3156 Comments


i'd love to change the wooooorld


JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


21401 Comments


RIP

surprisefriend
April 6th 2013


310 Comments


good times am i right maybe my favourite

MrSirLordGentleman
May 9th 2013


4741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

R.I.P ... Alvin Lee was one of the most underrated guitarists ever

manosg
May 12th 2013


6511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed hard.

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TWIGtheWONDERKID
October 30th 2013


904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

''I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you''


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kashmir23
March 12th 2014


16 Comments


Good album and nice review



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