Ten Years After – Rock And Roll Music To The World (1972)

LPFrontCover1Ten Years After are a British blues rock band, most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1968 and 1973, Ten Years After scored eight Top 40 albums on the UK Albums Chart. In addition they had twelve albums enter the US Billboard 200, and are best known for tracks such as “I’m Going Home”, “Hear Me Calling”, “I’d Love to Change the World” and “Love Like a Man”. Their musical style consisted of blues rock and hard rock.

Rock & Roll Music to the World is the seventh studio album by the English blues rock band Ten Years After, released in 1972. It includes several Ten Years After standards, including “Standing at the Station”, “Choo Choo Mama”, and the title track. (wikipedia)

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Here, Ten Years After expanded on their boogie base and continued the hits. The title cut was the hit, and while they continued to groove along in the boogie atmosphere, things on Rock & Roll Music to the World sounded a bit too tame for the thundering hordes to chant along to at the time. “Turned Off T.V. Blues” showed just how tiring touring was getting for the band, and there wasn’t much else here to bring out the beast to party with. A little too much of the same thing was starting to stunt this band’s growth, except in their wallets. (by James Chrispell)

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After the inspired songwriting and more acoustic feel of A Space in Time, TYA got back to solid rock ‘n roll on this album. And while it’s true they’re not breaking any new ground with cuts like Choo Choo Mama, Tomorrow I’ll Be Out of Town and Rock ‘n Roll Music to the World, no one ever did boogie better than Alvin Lee and company, except maybe Savoy Brown. When you’ve got a first-class rhythm section like Leo Lyons on bass and Ric Lee on drums—as capable of occasional jazz stylings as of blues and rock—you can’t ask for much more. Chick Churchill turns in some of his best keyboard work ever on this album, pushing the boundaries with haunting barn burners like Standing at the Station and adding just the right ambience to Religion, one of Alvin Lee’s best lyrics. When it comes to blues, the band has never sounded so gritty and all-out as on Turned Off TV Blues; Lee pushes his voice to the limit, sounding more like John Fogerty than himself. And of course Lee’s blistering guitar work here keeps him firmly in guitar hero territory. This is a quintessential album for lovers of blues-based rock, one of the best of its era. (Sean Arthur Joyce)

LPBackCover1Personnel:
Chick Churchill (organ)
Alvin Lee (guitar, vocals)
Ric Lee (drums)
Leo Lyons (bass)

LPBookletTracklist:
01. You Give Me Loving 6.31
02. Convention Prevention 4.23
03. Turned-Off TV Blues 5.13
04. Standing At The Station 7.09
05. You Can’t Win Them All 4.04
06. Religion 5.46
07. Choo Choo Mama 3.59
08. Tomorrow I’ll Be Out Of Town 4.28
09. Rock & Roll Music To The World 3.47

All songs written by Alvin Lee.

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