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Solo work from the highly respected TEN YEARS AFTER Blues Rock guitarist. Lee had shot to international recognition with his electrifying solo on 'I'm Going Home' from the movie of the 1969 Woodstock festival. Lee first broke away from TEN YEARS AFTER with a 1973 collaboration with HOLY SMOKE's Mylon Le Fevre 'On The Road To Freedom'. Guests included such heavyweights as TRAFFIC's Steve Winwood, GEORGE HARRISON, PATTO's Mike Patto, FLEETWOOD MAC's Mick Fleetwood, KING CRIMSON's Boz Burrell and Ronnie Wood of the ROLLING STONES. Lee returned the ex-BEATLES man's favour by sessioning on his 1974 'Dark Horses' album.

posthumous TEN YEARS AFTER album 'Positive Vibrations' followed in 1974. Lee pulled together a new band ALVIN LEE & CO. Featured were guitarist Neil Hubbard, bassist Alan Spenner, JODY GRIND and STREETWALKERS man Tim Hinkley on keyboards together with the ex STREETWALKERS duo of saxophonist Mel Collins and drummer Ian Wallace. ALVIN LEE & CO debuted with the live album 'In Flight'. A touring band was assembled which had Lee joined by Hinkley, ex-SAVOY BROWN and BLODYWN PIG bassist Andy Pyle and drummer Bryson Graham.

1975's 'Pump Iron' saw bassist Steve Thompson, drummer Ian Wallace and STONE THE CROWS and JACK BRUCE keyboard player Ronnie Leahy involved. Lee cut a further solo record 'Saguitar' in 1976 but it's release was shelved as Lee split from his long term home of Chrysalis Records. The same year Lee sessioned for Blues legend BO DIDDLY. He would also guest on ROGER DALTREY's 1977 record 'One Of The Boys'.

The guitarist founded TEN YEARS LATER to commerate TEN YEARS AFTER tenth anniversary and released two albums 1978's 'Rocket Fuel' and 1979's 'Ride On' with this band. In between these albums 'Saguitar' was eventually issued by Chrysalis in late 1978 billed as 'Let It Rock'.

THE ALVIN LEE BAND was formed for 1980's 'Free Fall'. Vocals were now in the hands of former RARE BIRD man Steve Gould with Mickey Feat from the STREETWALKERS on bass. A further album 'RX5' ensued and by 1982 THE ALVIN LEE BAND included Gould, Feat and former ROLLING STONE Mick Taylor on guitar. This line up had previously toured North America as guests to BLACK SABBATH. Feat would later join the short lived MICK RALPHS BAND.

The guitarist's next step was 'Detroit Diesel' released as simply ALVIN LEE. The album, widely regarded as one of his finest works, saw erstwhile TEN YEARS AFTER basist Leo Lyons, DEEP PURPLE's JON LORD, BAD COMPANY's Boz Burrell and GEORGE HARRISON contributing. The guitarist was also operating as a member of ROGER CHAPMAN's band during this period.

Lee formed part of the epic 'Night Of The Guitar' tour. The album was released on I.R.S. records in 1989. TEN YEARS AFTER reformed the same year for the 'About Time' album but by 1992 Lee was flying solo again. Lee was also to be found aiding THE OUTFIELD for their 'Diamond Days' and 'Rockeye' records.

A series of Blues albums followed throughout the 90's. The staple band for this decade was Steve Gould on bass and vocals, drummer Alan Young and keyboard player Steve Grant. GEORGE HARRISON guests on every album excepting 1995's 'Live In Vienna'. Also regular faces are 60's singer JOE BROWN, his daughter (and PINK FLOYD backing vocalist) Sam Brown and DEEP PURPLE's Hammond organist JON LORD.

TEN YEARS AFTER resumed activities in 1997.

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