Expected release 24/02/23
Known initially as The Jaybirds, and then Blues Trip, Ten Years After was formed by Alvin Lee, Leo Lyons, Chick Churchill and Ric Lee in 1966, allegedly taking their name from the fact it was then a decade after Elvis Presley had burst onto the scene.
The first act signed to the Chrysalis agency, the group built a fearsome reputation for their live act, with leader Alvin Lee dubbed 'the fastest guitar in the west. Their debut album, Ten Years After, was released in October 1967. In the year when the album came of age, the group produced a fine collection of covers – such as Willie Dixon's Spoonful, and Al Kooper's I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes – and originals. Produced by Mike Vernon and Gus Dudgeon at Decca's West Hampstead Studios, it was one of the most assured blues-rock debuts of the 60s.