Album review: Ten Years After, About Time (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 24, 1989

By Steve Newton

After seeing Alvin Lee kicking royal (not to mention Steppenwolf’s) butt at the Expo Theatre three years back, I was really hoping he’d get back on the recording scene and unleash some of his hurricane guitar licks for home consumption. I didn’t expect him to reunite with the members of Ten Years After to do it, though. That’s a bonus!

With the lineup of Lee, bassist Leo Lyons, keyboardist Chick Churchill, and drummer Ric Lee back in pace, Ten Years After is as impressive a combo as it ever was. And with ace producer Terry Manning (ZZ Top, Joe Cocker) on board, About Time proves that the band is a force to be reckoned with heading into the ’90s.

From the big, “Gimme All Your Lovin'”-type sound of “Let’s Shake It Up” to the shuffling skittle of “I Get All Shook Up”, and from the freewheelin’ boogie of “Working in a Parking Lot” to the retrospective dreaminess of “Outside My Window”, this new Ten Years After disc is an absolute winner.

 

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