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TEN YEARS AFTER – SSSSH. – August 1969
As a true “Teenager of the Sixties” at thirteen in ’64, up through nineteen in ’70, 00individual was the exact perfect age within historic Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll cultural times to experience a once in a lifetime perfect vibe/soul fit. And this vibe extended over into the early-to-mid ’70s.
And once things got up and runnin’ it was Ten Years After who were always there – from their first self-titled album with “I Can’t Keep from Crying, Sometimes“, Undead “Live“, Stonedhenge “Going to Try” and all the way up past Ssssh to Cricklewood Green “Love Like A Man” and beyond – Watt “The Band With No Name“, A Space in Time “One Of These Days“, TYA served as a core sound that was in the air throughout those psychedelic years.
Stonedhenge was one of 00individual’s defining LSD albums (TYA and 2001: A Space Odyssey – Dig this mini-MIND-BLOWER- scroll to middle of post) and with Ssssh, TYA delivered the sound our bodies and minds demanded – this was a true Energetic Hard Rock Psychedelic Blues Stoner Album.
Ssssh was another of the choice albums that was played on turntables, tape decks and FM radio and imprinted a specific period of drug-fueled shenanigans and kick-ass groovy times of free-spirited life. We were still in the Fun Zone.
Ten Years After – Ssssh.
Alvin Lee vocals, guitar, Chick Churchill keyboards, Leo Lyons bass, Ric Lee drums
All songs composed by Alvin Lee, except where noted.
“Bad Scene” – 3:30
“Two Time Mama” – 2:02
“Stoned Woman” – 3:30
“Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” (Williamson) – 7:01
“If You Should Love Me” – 5:27
“I Don’t Know That You Don’t Know My Name” – 2:02
“The Stomp” – 4:35
“I Woke Up This Morning” (Lightnin’ Hopkins, Lee) – 5:30
Now on to the 1,000 pound acid trip that is the front cover art for Ssssh.
John Fowlie, who designed and photographed Watt and Cricklewood Green album covers, created an iconic graphic image with Ssssh that nailed moments in time that we were all familiar with.
Our mastery of psychedelics in the ’70s was based upon the trips that were taken prior, so Alvin Lee’s front cover image was timely in that it looked exactly how we saw ourselves on psychedelics – and how we saw others. Ssssh.
Coming in at #7 in the rarest of the rare
Top 13 Historic & Classic Rock Concerts 1968 – 1975
it’s the World-Class Battle of the Bands Concert!
TEN YEARS AFTER vs GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
Fabulous Forum – 07-22-70
Rock History Archives
A Testament to Ten Years After
“Grand Funk Railroad were set to play second bill to Led Zeppelin late Summer ’69 at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium but when the fans went full-blown crazed over GFR’s performance Led Zep’s manager Peter Grant told GFR’s manager Terry Knight to pull them off the stage – and in the middle of “Inside Looking Out” Grant literally pulled the plug, however GFR had time to warn the fans of Led Zep’s intentions.
Led Zep waited an hour and a half before coming on stage to let the fervor over GFR’s performance cool down, but by then half the stadium had left.”
— as told by both Don Brewer and Mark Farner (GFR).
The above says a Hell of a lot in the positive about Grand Funk Railroad,
even more in the negative about Led Zeppelin and Peter Grant,
and a true testament in the positive about Alvin Lee and Company who, a year later, fearlessly used another World-Class Performance by Grand Funk as a launching pad for their own Historic Performance at the Fabulous Forum on 07-22-70.
Like Grand Funk Railroad, Ten Years After had balls and confidence!
Led Zeppelin and Peter Grant had neither.
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