Ten Years After
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Ten Years After at Woodstock
Performed on Day 3
Started at 8.15 pm, Sunday, 17th
Played for 60 min.
Further Information
Festival Day Chronology
Prev. artist Country Joe & The Fish at 6.30 pm
Next artist The Band at 10.00 pm

The British band Ten Years After hit the stage on Sunday, August 17th at about 8.15 pm. They were known for heavy blues rock, and long guitar and drum solos. But what could have been a world-shaking performance failed due to technical reasons: the high humidity caused the instruments to go out of tune, the sound recording partially failed, and the camera team was just able to film the last song, "I'm Going Home", an intense performance which was one of the highlights of Woodstock.

Musicians Edit

  • Alvin Lee - guitar, vocals
  • Leo Lyons - bass
  • Chick Churchill - organ
  • Ric Lee - drums

Setlist Edit

  1. Spoonful
  2. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (w/ 2 false starts)
  3. Hobbit
  4. I Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes
  5. Help Me
  6. I'm Going Home

Details Edit

Because of the high humidity they had problems with their instruments (especially the guitars) which went quickly out of tune. That led to some unplanned interruptions for re-tuning[1].

However, the over 12-minute encore number "I'm Going Home" demonstrates the power of Ten Years After, and especially the virtuosity of guitarist Alvin Lee. The song is a tribute to '50s rock'n'roll. It has a very fast and repetitive guitar riff in the refrain and is built upon various solos. The middle part (of the Woodstock version) features a short medley of "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", as well as "Boom Boom" from John Lee Hooker.

Availability Edit

Only one song is available: "I'm Going Home".

Ten Years After weren't the only ones plagued by equipment failures. There were also problems with the sound recording during their set. The pick-up of the drums failed so Larry Bunker, a studio per­cussionist, had to overdub them in the studio, and sync them to the movie.[2] Original drummer Ric Lee was not available for the studio recording. It is a common misbelief that Corky Laing, drummer of Mountain (but not during the Woodstock festival), did the overdubs. This is not correct, as he states in interviews.[3]

About 45 seconds of 8mm film was shot from an audience member. There are also some recorded song fragments on an audience tape.

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References Edit

  1. German Wikipedia, article Woodstock-Festival
  2. Ten Years After fan website
  3. The Independent: Corky Laing: Out From 'Under The Rock'
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