Premiere late-'60s/early-'70s U.K.
Premiere late-'60s/early-'70s U.K. blues- rock quartet Ten Years After was at the peak of its estimable power when it headlined Bill Graham's famed New York City venue in February 1970—having already played the two Fillmore clubs (the other in San Francisco) numerous times. This time, though, engineer Eddie Kramer (of Hendrix fame) recorded the two-night engagement, none of which has been previously released—save for lead track "Love Like a Man." But the cut, and the bulk of the material here, will be familiar to any FM rock fan from the period, especially, of course, vocalist and high-speed lead guitarist Alvin Lee's showpiece "I'm Going Home," here taking up nearly 12 minutes—twice as long as the original version on the 1968 album Undead. In addition to blues and rock'n'roll covers like "Spoonful" and the very rare "Roll Over Beethoven," the two-disc set is marked by the suddenly timely "The Hobbit"—drummer Ric Lee's traditional concert solo piece.—JB