Among the great success stories to emerge from the original Woodstock Festival in 1969 – British hard-rock blues barons Ten Years After were essentially a one-trick pony – but that singular stunt afforded the lads several hit albums, extensive FM radio play, and two unquestionable classic rock anthems: “I’m Going Home” and “I’d Love to Change the World.”
Leo Lyon’s battered Fender looked like a toy in the hands of this towering bassist. Though Leo gave the appearance that he was savagely attacking his instrument – as his right hand visibly thumped the strings while his left hand flew up and down the neck – the Nottinghamshire native was quite the finesse player when supporting Alvin Lee.
However when it was time for Lyons to solo, he went mad! After Ten Years After initially folded, Lyons migrated to Nashville to compose, produce, and play various sessions.
Ssssh (1969) and Cricklewood Green (1970) are essential British blues rock albums – highly influential on both sides of the pond, the late, great Alvin Lee and Ten Years After are deserving of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame recognition.