The origins of British Blues Rock icons Ten Years After stretches back to the early 1960s when Ivan Harrison formed Ivan Jay and The Jaycats. The band changed their name to The Jaybirds and the line-up of the group continued to evolve. By 1966, members of the band – including bassist Leo Lyons, keyboardist Chick Churchill, drummer Ric Lee, and unrelated guitarist Alvin Lee – were performing as both Blues Trip and Blues Yard before finally settling on the group name Ten Years After. The group built their reputation with live performances throughout 1967 before signing with Deram Records and releasing their self-titled debut album in 1968. The album may have brought the band to prominence, but the best was yet to come…
In 1969, Ten Years After’s second album STONEDHENGE was a bigger success and reached #6 on the UK charts. The album also caught the attention of the US market and it reached #61 on the Billboard 200. The band reached iconic status when they performed at Woodstock on August 17, 1969. Their next album, SSSSH, was released that same month and hit #20 in the US and #4 in the UK. In March 1970, the band returned with CRICKLEWOOD CREEK, which reached #14 in the US and #4 in the UK. At the end of 1970, Ten Years After released WATT, their fourth album in a busy two-year period that also included touring and promoting. So, it wasn’t surprising that the band slowed things down and didn’t release their next album for nearly a year. But that album remains their most beloved album to date…
In August 1971, Ten Years After released A SPACE IN TIME, which included the singles “I’d Love to Change the World,” “Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘n Roll You,” and “One of These Days.” The album was a success and went Platinum in the US, making it the best-selling album in their catalog. Now, the album celebrates its 50th Anniversary – two years late – which features a brand new mix of the album by producer/engineer Chris Kimsey on Disc One and a remastered version of the original album mix on Disc Two. Along with the music, the booklet contains sleeve notes by Kimsey as well as original Ten Years After members Leo Lyons, Ric Lee, and Chick Churchill. The sound of the new mix of A SPACE IN TIME brings new life to an album that was already exciting to begin with. If you are a long-time Ten Years After fan or even a newbie, this release will be a revelation.
TEN YEARS AFTER
A SPACE IN TIME (50th Anniversary Edition)