Ten Years After The Albums 1967 - 1974 Box Set Release Date Friday 10th  November 2017 Review Wednesday 8th November

 

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Ten Years After are having their 50th anniversary celebrated with a 10 CD Box Set gathering together for the first time the Deram and Chrysalis recordings.  The box set released by Chrysalis records on Friday 17th November will include the band’s first nine albums plus a special 10th CD with previously unreleased material.

CD1: Ten Years After [Mono, 1967]

CD2: Undead [Stereo, 1968]

CD3: Stonedhenge [Stereo, 1969]

CD4: Ssssh [Stereo, 1969]

CD5: Cricklewood Green [Stereo, 1970]

CD5: Cricklewood Green [Stereo, 1970]

CD7: A Space In Time [Stereo, 1971]

CD8: Rock & Music To The World [Stereo, 1972]

CD9: Positive Vibrations [Stereo, 1974]

CD10: The Cap Ferret Sessions [Recorded in 1972, mixed in 2017]

1. Look At Yourself

 2. Running Around

 3. Holy Shit

 4. There's A Feeling

 5. I Hear You Calling My Name

“Anniversary Box Sets” are always interesting, but for the fans who probably have so much of the material already, the question that always has to be asked is whether there is enough new material  in the set or enough interesting material in the booklets and packaging to merit the purchase.  Only the individual can answer that, but the unreleased material will probably be enough for most completist fans of Ten Years After as they have waited so long to hear it.  At the time of writing this review, I was sent a single CD sampler album rather than the box set, so I cannot give any opinion on the quality of the finished product’s information and packaging, but the PR information below might help some fans make their mind up on the purchase of this one.

This set, limited to 1,500 copies worldwide, contains LPs which have been remastered from the original 1/4" production master tapes along with the bonus disc entitled “The Cap Ferrat Sessions”, which consists of never heard before recordings from 1972, newly mixed by acclaimed record producer Chris Kimsey.

The package comes in a luxury hardback format with slipcase and an accompanying book which includes newly commissioned in-depth 10,000 word sleeve notes written by legendary Melody Maker journalist and early champion of the band, Chris Welch, charting the band’s progress from their early beginnings in Nottingham, through iconic appearances at the Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festivals, right up to their eventual split in 1974. There are extensive interviews with the remaining band members plus members of Alvin Lee’s family, and additional recording notes by Chris Kimsey.

Continues Ric, “The box includes nine studio albums and a bonus CD that features the previously unreleased live album ‘The Cap Ferrat Sessions’. Originally recorded in 1972 in the South of France using The Rolling Stones Mobile recording truck, the session tracks were gathering dust until now. I remember we recorded the live tracks in a villa in Cap Ferrat, South of France. Each of the instruments were recorded in a different room - drums in the ballroom. Between Chris Kimsey, our recording engineer and I, we managed to get one of the best drum sounds on any Ten Years After recording. Natural ambience from the villa’s acoustics helped tremendously. The session tracks were originally planned for the ‘Rock N Roll Music To The World’ album, but due to vinyl restrictions of the time, the tracks were not included in the final album release. More details are on the sleeve notes written for us by Chris Kimsey, who kindly agreed to mix the tracks for this boxed set release 45 years after they were recorded. This is a must-have collection for any avid Ten Years After fan, and any new fans that want to soak up the band’s recorded history.”

 

Review by Tom King

 

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