Monday, June 4, 2012

Can I come home with you? (Ten Years After)

I have a soft spot for Ten Years After and Alvin Lee - the guitar hero of the band.

What's not to love? Guitar pyrotechnics by Alvin, Chick Churchill's wonderful keyboards, Leo Lyon's rhythmic bass, and Ric Lee on drums; bluesy guitar wig outs and some brilliant rock'n'roll. That's where Good Morning Little Schoolgirl comes in.

An uptempo blues standard first recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson (1937), in the hands of Ten Years After it becomes a driving rock showcase for Leo Lyons and Alvin's fluid bass/guitar lines.

Countless blues artists have covered the song, among them The Yardbirds (with Eric Clapton), The Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison etc etc.

It may be sacrilegious but of them all I prefer the Ten Years After version.

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