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  • He saw us play a few times in fact. I did this song called I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes, and Jimi loved it. He paid me a huge compliment when he told me that he was thinking of doing something similar himself!
    (Alvin Lee)

  • We wanted to make something that represented what we were actually doing, ... The first album was OK, but that was almost three and a half years ago, and we more or less did that on our own. But with Arhoolie, we were able to go into a bigger studio -- it was a lot more professional -- and we did the whole recording in one day, because we already knew what we were going to do. And we had a good engineer that had a nice system, and he let us feel free to do what we do, and I think that's the best way to record a group of guys like us.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • We used to play the underground clubs like the UFO, and Middle Earth, and they were great because they would have on things like a poet, string quartets, and then a rock band! It was kinda cool!
    (Alvin Lee)

  • Anywhere you go in the world is what you make of it, not what you read in books.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • George Harrison was also a pleasure to work with. He was one of the most famous people I've ever known, but in spite of that fame, he was such a nice and friendly guy.
    (Alvin Lee)


  • It wasn't until the movie came out that it all changed for us. Some people say it was the start of Ten Years After, but in another way, it was the beginning of the end.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • Back in those days we thought we could change the world.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • There is a big age gap between my sisters Janice and Irma and myself so I didn't know them that well when I was younger although they have been very supportive in later life.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • We want to go more mainstream but stick to what we do, ... Every place we go, the people are receptive with the style of music we're doing. And even if we go into a club setting, we're still singing about God. We want to be the people that change the trends of what's acceptable and what's not. We believe it's in our music, really. And I think it's the music that's touched everyone when they deal with us.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • We're definitely pushing for everyone to do the band full-time, ... But right now, we're just trying to set everything in order, and I'm trying to do it so we have a big record out and have the bookings and the following to support us.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • It will be the first time I've played live with a double bass.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • I think I'll continue to work as a solo artist.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • They have decided to tour under the name of Ten Years After which I don't think is very cool. To be honest, they have had to do that as it's the only way they can get any work.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • We also did something called the Texas Peace Festival, which was actually a better gig both musically, and in the way it was organised.
    (Alvin Lee)

  • It was by listening to Goodman's band, that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian, who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up.
    (Alvin Lee)


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