Sure I heard their greatest hit "I'd Love To Change The World" and liked it...but to be honest, it must have "peaked" in the American AM charts before I really started listening to music. The song was contained on their 1971 album A SPACE IN TIME.
I lived a VERY sheltered and conservative musical life before moving to Ft. Wayne in November of 1971. I owned just a handful of stereo vinyl lps: Johnny Cash, the Best of; a Bill Cosby comedy album; another comedy album that was a compilation of W.C. Field's gags and jokes from his movies; the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey; and a Royal Guardsmen album (Snoopy vs. the Red Baron Royal Guardsmen). Most of the music I heard on a regular basis was from my Dad's album collection or from T.V. variety shows. But I do remember when I did start listening to AM top-40 radio; it was when I recevied a clock-radio for Christmas 1971. I tuned the thing to WLYV AM in Ft. Wayne and...I've never looked back. Anyhow........
TEN YEARS AFTER was not a band that ever appeared on my radar until last spring (2013). Alvin Lee had died and his passing was in all the news stories relating to music (blogs, boards, etc). I chanced upon "I'd Love To Change The World" and fell in love with this old classic...not so much "all over again," but really "for the first time!"
Lee was an amazing guitar player. He really starts to shred at a little over the 2:00 minute mark. He wrote the song and sings it. It's brilliant! (aside from the goofy marxist line about taxing the rich).
"....freaks and harries...dykes and fairies..." Couldn't have said it better myself.
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