Stonedhenge [Deluxe Edition] [2 CD]

Stonedhenge [Deluxe Edition] [2 CD]

by Ten Years After

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Overview

"I'm Going Home" from Ten Years After's previous release put them on the charts, at least in the U.K. (the band's U.S. breakthrough was at Woodstock a year after its release), but the four-piece was already experimenting with ways to expand their basic boogie rock template. Stonedhenge was the result, as producer Mike Vernon helped steer the band into a more jazz- and blues-oriented direction. That's especially evident in the swinging "Woman Trouble," but this set is generally more prone to broadening the sound without losing TYA's basic concept. It doesn't always gel -- the four short pieces that feature each musician alone on their instrument is an interesting idea that ends up as a distraction -- yet the album boasts some terrific performances by a group that was hitting its peak. Canned Heat, who TYA supported in America and who were also trying to push their own boogie envelope, were a big influence, born out by the very Heat-sounding "Hear Me Calling." Alvin Lee keeps his fleet fingers in check, preferring to work his style into a more organic fusion. Tracks such as the creeping "A Sad Song" successfully build tension without the need for speedy guitar solos. The eight-minute "No Title" takes the basic TYA blueprint but slowly creates a moody atmosphere for three minutes until Lee cranks out a terse, loud extension on its main riff that sets the stage for Chick Churchill's eerie organ solo. The quartet and their producer also experimented with primitive panning and tape manipulation to impressive results. The closing "Speed Kills" returns TYA to its basics, perhaps as a way to let its existing fans know they can still churn out the rocking when needed. The album was remastered and expanded in 2002 by adding informative liner notes from drummer Ric Lee, four extra tracks including the tiresome, 15-minute "Boogie On," and an edited single version of "I'm Going Home," U.K. artwork (the initial U.S. edition was an embarrassing botch job), and pristine sound from the original tapes. [A remastered two-CD Deluxe Edition of Stonedhenge was released in 2015, featuring the original album tracks in both stereo and mono mixes on the first disc, plus a six-track second disc featuring alternate versions of "Hear Me Calling" and "Woman Trouble," three live tracks recorded on the BBC's Top Gear in 1968, and the 14-and-a-half-minute "Boogie On."]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2015
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0602547264466
catalogNumber: 4726446

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ten Years After   Primary Artist
Chick Churchill   Organ,Piano,Celeste
Alvin Lee   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Clogs,Steel Base,Echo
Mike Vernon   Vocal Harmony
Ric Lee   Timpani,Rap,Footsteps
Leo Lyons   Bass Guitar,Bowed Bass,String Bass,Footsteps
Simon Stable   Bongos
Reverb   Echo

Technical Credits

Chick Churchill   Composer
Alvin Lee   Composer,Stereo Enhancement
Mike Vernon   Composer,Producer
Roy Baker   Sound Effects
Ric Lee   Arranger
Leo Lyons   Composer
Phil Smee   Artwork
Jonas Von Der Burg   Composer
Malcolm Dome   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes
Traditional   Composer
Justin Brown   Producer
Anoo Bhagavan   Composer
Bird   Stereo Enhancement
Niclas Von Der Burg   Composer
Jo-Anne Kelly   Composer

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