Ten Years After - Ssssh & Cricklewood Green (1969, 1970) (MFSL) [repost]

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Ten Years After - Ssssh & Cricklewood Green (1969, 1970) (MFSL) [repost]

Ten Years After - Ssssh & Cricklewood Green (1969, 1970) (MFSL) [repost]
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
MFSL UDCD687 | 450Mb

Ssssh was Ten Years After's new release at the time of their incendiary performance at the Woodstock Festival in August, 1969. As a result, it was their first hit album in the U.S., peaking at number 20 in September of that year. This recording is a primer of British blues-rock of the era, showcasing Alvin Lee's guitar pyrotechnics and the band's propulsive rhythm section. As with most of TYA's work, the lyrics were throwaways, but the music was hot. Featured is a lengthy cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," with reworked lyrics leaving little doubt as to what the singer had in mind for the title character. Also included was a 12-bar blues song with the ultimate generic blues title "I Woke Up This Morning." Ssssh marked the beginning of the band's two-year run of popularity on the U.S. album charts and in the underground FM-radio scene.
Cricklewood Green provides the best example of Ten Years After's recorded sound. On this album, the band and engineer Andy Johns mix studio tricks and sound effects, blues-based song structures, a driving rhythm section, and Alvin Lee's signature lightning-fast guitar licks into a unified album that flows nicely from start to finish. Cricklewood Green opens with a pair of bluesy rockers, with "Working on the Road" propelled by a guitar and organ riff that holds the listener's attention through the use of tape manipulation as the song develops. "50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain" and "Love Like a Man" are classics of TYA's jam genre, with lyrically meaningless verses setting up extended guitar workouts that build in intensity, rhythmically and sonically. The latter was an FM-radio staple in the early '70s. "Year 3000 Blues" is a country romp sprinkled with Lee's silly sci-fi lyrics, while "Me and My Baby" concisely showcases the band's jazz licks better than any other TYA studio track, and features a tasty piano solo by Chick Churchill. It has a feel similar to the extended pieces on side one of the live album Undead. "Circles" is a hippie-ish acoustic guitar piece, while "As the Sun Still Burns Away" closes the album by building on another classic guitar-organ riff and more sci-fi sound effects. (Allmusic)

1. Bad Scene (3:30)
2. Two Times Mama (2:03)
3. Stoned Woman (3:30)
4. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (7:01)
5. If You Should Love Me (5:23)
6. I Don't Know That You Don't Know My Name (1:59)
7. The Stomp (4:36)
8. I Woke Up This Morning (5:35)
9. Sugar The Road (4:07)
10. Working On The Road (4:18)
11. 50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain (7:37)
12. Year 3000 Blues (2:25)
13. Me And My Baby (4:10)
14. Love Like A Man (7:38)
15. Circles (3:59)
16. As The Sun Still Burns Away (4:45)
Total Time: 72:37

- Alvin Lee / guitar, vocals
- Leo Lyons / bass
- Ric Lee / drums
- Chick Churchill / organ

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Ten Years After / Ssssh. & Cricklewood Green (Gold Disc)

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