Ten Years After

Very Best Ten Years After Album Ever

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Ten Years After was one of the premiere blues-rock bands of the '60s and '70s, making gritty rock in their uniquely British way for almost ten years. Tracks like "Me and My Baby" are fun, bouncy rockers that were paving the way for artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan. Although time has eroded some of the initial impact of Ten Years After, there are still some strong reminders. The hit single "Love Like a Man" is still a classic, charged with a hypnotic riff that winds throughout the song like a cobra. The ten-minute version of "I'm Going Home" from Woodstock is included in its entirety, as is the psychedelic blues epic "50000 Miles Beneath My Brain." These longer tracks go to show how their style of improvisation still incorporated the hooks and riffs from the source song as the noodling traveled into space, a practice that would influence groups from Phish to the Flaming Lips. This may not be the most complete collection that could have been assembled, but this album has an ebb and flow about it that most greatest-hits collections cannot pull off. Fans of solid blues-based rock should give this a listen -- this is a career worth dedicating a collection to.

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