Ten Years After – A Space in Time (1971)

FrontCover1.jpgA Space in Time is the sixth studio album by the British blues rock band Ten Years After. It was released in August 1971 by Chrysalis Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in America. A departure in style from their previous albums, A Space in Time is less ‘heavy’ than previous albums and includes more acoustic guitar, perhaps influenced by the success of Led Zeppelin who were mixing acoustic songs with heavier numbers. It reached number 17 in the Billboard 200.

The third track on the album, “I’d Love to Change the World”, is also their biggest hit. By combining a melodic acoustic chorus with challenging electric guitar riffs, they managed to produce a sound that hit number 10 in the charts in Canada[citation needed] and number 40 in the USA.[2] Although this was their biggest hit, they rarely played it live. “Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘n’ Roll You” also charted in the USA, peaking at number 61.

Billy Walker gave the album a generally positive review in Sounds. He noted the atypically soft sound of songs such as “Over the Hill” and “Let the Sky Fall” and approved of this “unexpected but pleasing dimension to the overall feel of the album”, while simultaneously praising “the old TYA excitement” of tracks such as “I’d Love to Change the World” and “Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘n’ Roll You”.

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He particularly praised Alvin Lee’s guitar work. However, he complained that a number of the tracks suffered from “lack of strength or projection of Alvin’s voice” and concluded “Ten Years After are a far better live band than their albums suggest; they get over much more of their charisma and excitement that has a job surfacing on their recorded work.”

Village Voice critic Robert Christgau said the album is one “in which the rock heavy comes of age with his toughest, fullest, and most coherent album. I like it in a way, but it does lack a certain winning abandon, and I’m not crazy about the heavy’s economic theories—fellow seems to believe that if you ‘tax the rich to feed the poor’ you soon run out of rich, with dire consequences.” (by wikipedia)

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Personnel:
Chick Churchill (keyboards)
Alvin Lee (guitar, vocals, harmonica)
Ric Lee (drums, percussion)
Leo Lyons (bass)

US back cover:
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Tracklist:
01. One of These Days 5.57
02. Here They Come 4.34
03. I’d Love To Change The World 3.44
04. Over The Hill 2.29
05. Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘n’ Roll You 2.15
06. Once There Was A Time 3.22
07. Let The Sky Fall 4.20
08. Hard Monkeys 3.11
09. I’ve Been There Too 5.45
10. Uncle Jam 1.57

All songs by Alvin Lee except “Uncle Jam”, which was composed by C. Churchill, A. Lee, R. Lee and L. Lyons.

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Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity?
Tax the rich, feed the poor
‘Til there are no rich no more

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

Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
Life is funny, skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who needs money? monopoly

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

World pollution, there’s no solution
Institution, electrocution
Just black or white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war

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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