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  •  AP Report from the Miami Herald (20+ / 0-)
    Rock guitarist Alvin Lee dies at 68

    By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD
    Associated Press

    LONDON -- British rock guitarist Alvin Lee, founder of the band Ten Years After who burst to stardom with a memorable Woodstock performance, has died. He was 68...

    The Nottingham, England-born Lee founded the band Ten Years After in 1967. The group first toured the U.S. in 1967, but its popularity exploded following Lee's rousing performance of the song "I'm Going Home" at Woodstock in 1969. Lee's epic and electrifying solos on his Gibson guitar for the 11-minute performance were immortalized in the documentary film about the legendary festival.

    Ten Years After released ten albums together featuring the group's mix of blues, swing jazz and rock and toured the U.S. 28 times in seven years.  Lee left the band in 1975 to embark on a successful solo career that saw him recording with the likes of George Harrison, Steve Winwood and Mick Fleetwood and experimenting with different styles of country rock, rhythm and blues.  In total, Lee released more than 20 albums over a 45-year career. His most recent, "Still On the Road to Freedom," was released in August 2012 and incorporated a range of styles from rock to blues to jazz to funk.

    •  Thanks for reminding me... (12+ / 0-)

      "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war." -9.75, -8.41

      by RonV on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 06:32:25 PM PST

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      •  Wow. I hadn't heard this before.. (3+ / 0-)
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        RonV, semiot, ZenTrainer

        ...Alvin Lee certainly knew what to play and what NOT to play; it's so easy for these guys to get carried away with speed that they miss the music.

        This is great.

        Dan Fogelberg, who was a studio gun before he made it, once said, "I've found that it's not what you play as much as what you don't play." Alvin Lee certainly knew this principle, even in a song as frenetic as "Goin' Home" you don't hear wasted notes and keeps himself from going way over the top. As it stands, it's a testimony and evidence that "speed metal" was nothing new in 1979.

        Besides; Everybody copies everybody.

        "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

        by CanisMaximus on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 12:06:35 AM PST

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