Alvin Lee (1944-2013)
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Alvin Lee – Ten Years After – Helsinki 1969
This has gotten really old really quickly – we’re losing way too many musicians so far this year. I mean, it’s only March.
Still, it was very sad news to hear today of the passing of Alvin Lee, the iconic cornerstone of Ten Years After and the generally acknowledged fireball at Woodstock. Lee was a phenomenon in a field packed with phenomenons in the 1960’s. Still, he was able to carve out a unique place for himself and his wizardry. And as a consumate performer and musician, he was truly one-of-a-kind.
Most people think of Alvin Lee and the images from Woodstock come to mind. How his performance electrified that festival, and in doing so, catapulted his career from playing clubs and small venues to playing stadiums literally within weeks.
As a reminder of what Ten Years After and Alvin Lee were like around that time, here is a concert recorded live in Helsinki on December 3, 1969. Luckily preserved by YLE, the Finnish Radio Network. This features Alvin Lee right just as his career is exploding. The audience is just starting to get rowdy. That would only continue and escalate over the next few years. But this concert is an interesting example of the changes a band goes through, the transition from being a working, struggling group of musicians to superstars.
And for Alvin Lee, the fame was more than well deserved.
RIP – you will be missed. But thankfully for your recordings, you will never be forgotten.
And now a word from John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Beatles – Christmas 1967
As long as we’re in a celebratory mood, you can’t have Christmas without this one – Christmas Time Is Here Again, from the Beatles Fanclub release of 1967.
A word from The Fab Four.
Jackie Lomax – one of the most distinctive voices in Rock.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Jackie Lomax – Sour Milk Sea – 1969
One of the most distinctive voices in Rock tonight. Jackie Lomax is probably best remembered for his brief stay at Apple Records, and the heavyweight session folks joining in on his maiden effort with the classic “Is This What You Want?”. Out of that memorable album came the hit single, the George Harrison penned track Sour Milk Sea, which we’re offering tonight.
Jackie Lomax wasn’t just a product of the Apple dynasty, nor did he fade away after the relationship ended. He was a well respected member of a number of early Beat groups, during the formative years of the British invasion and later, went on to a solo career via Warner Brothers Records, a brief foray with Badger, a band made up of former Yes and Ashton, Gardner & Dyke members, before resuming a solo career. So he’s been no flash-in-the-pan.
All that time he’s maintained a strong fan base and a steady output of recordings, which he’s still putting out.
But tonight it’s the earlier, splashy endeavor, and one that probably is the best recognized. We’ll be digging into the other stuff later. There’s a lot to discover.