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TEN YEARS AFTER – STONEDHENGE – February 22, 1969 – Deram Des 18021
a Mini-Mindblower: TYA & 2001: A Space Odyssey!
The day after 00individual turned eighteen Ten Years After released the album Stonedhenge. The overtly clever album’s title acknowledged the band’s endorsement and certainly their fans approval.
Stonedhenge was one of those direct hits at a time when music really shaped the environment. The beach pad 00individual shared with two good friends was a nightly place to gather, get high,
hang-out and enjoy music and good times.
Most everyone, whether they consciously know it or not, have imprints made by the music associated with personal life events, or even casual moments, these imprints can unlock detailed memory files – here’s a trippy example from the Stonedhenge-era:
Ten Years After and 2001: A Space Odyssey – Dig this Mini-Mindblower
2001: A Space Odyssey was released on April 4th, 1968 and was considered a huge event at the time with nearly everyone and especially the Counter-Culture. The heavy symbolism and sounds of Strauss’ waltzes as background to the glorious images of a real space station in orbit and the slowly well-paced direction of Stanley Kubrick created a technical and realistic foundation for the film’s phantasmagorical ending – which was both the definition of visual psychedelic AND a true mental mind-blower. This wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling psychedelic extravaganza was a must LSD Trip.
00individual has seen this film stoned and straight and it’s aces either way, but that ending sequence was epic and far out and truly like nothing anyone had seen prior to Kubrick. No concert light show could come close. And since the sequence was meant to literally put you into the main character, actor Kier Dullea’s, Point Of View surging through space and time; mid-theater was a good peripheral choice for viewing. By the time one vicariously emerges as the Starchild, well, whew, what a Trip!
A year later in February of ’69, Ten Years After released their album, Stonedhenge. Two months later 2001: A Space Odyssey played in selected theaters for its one year anniversary celebration.
00individual dropped acid and went to see and experience this great event again. Toward the end of the film, the viewer is literally inside Dullea’s space suit and can hear him breathing throughout nearly the entire Psychedelic Trip sequence and the aging process, which is a perfect way to immerse and engage the audience.
Anyway 00individual tripped good, and he carried the mysterious contemplative high with him from the theater out into the late evening air.
Back at his beach pad, still stoned on acid but manageable, he put on TYA’s Stonedhenge and the first track is “I’m Going to Try” – and it starts with a heart beat and deep audible breathing and immediately 00individual flashed on the breathing/heartbeat in 2001 and it was a cool trippy synchronistic connection – and an archival stamp on a place in time and history for his experience of film, music and pure Hippie exhilaration!
Aside from the 2001 synch, “I’m Going to Try” gets cooler when Alvin begins to sing – at 1:23 into the track it sounds as though he’s channeling Elvis – he starts out like Elvis and then becomes Elvis. 00individual had heard Alvin Lee live on camera in a TV interview back then and 00individual could hardly understand a word he said because of his thick English accent, but right there on camera he started playing acoustic guitar and singing, and his voice was clear and totally understandable, but when he stopped and chatted with the interviewer, 00individual lost him again.
Stonedhenge was the perfect blend of diverse genres; Blues, Rock, Jazz, Scat, Boogie, Ballad and Psychedelia, that once heard as a whole, took on a weird concept feel, and it was the first album where nearly all tracks are by Alvin Lee.
“Going to Try” (Alvin Lee) – 4:52
“I Can’t Live Without Lydia” (Chick Churchill) – 1:23
“Woman Trouble” (Alvin Lee) – 4:37
“Skoobly-Oobly-Doobob” (Alvin Lee) – 1:44
“Hear Me Calling” (Alvin Lee) – 5:44
“A Sad Song” (Alvin Lee) – 3:23
“Three Blind Mice” (traditional, arranged by Ric Lee) – 0:57
“No Title” (Alvin Lee) – 8:13
“Faro” (Leo Lyons) – 1:10
“Speed Kills” (Alvin Lee, Mike Vernon) – 3:42.
Even the back album cover’s infrared heiroglyphed Stonehenge image triggers memories of ’69.
These were the carefree days just before things burst loose and all forms of cosmic shenanigans became seemingly daily adventures that were physical, mental, emotional, and fucking fun.
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