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Ten Years After - Discography Addition

A storming blues and boogie band from the U.K., Ten Years After rocketed from modest success to worldwide fame in the wake of their performance at the Woodstock Rock Festival in 1969, where their nine-minute rendition of "I'm Going Home" showed off the lightning-fast guitar work and howling vocals of Alvin Lee, the unrelenting stomp of bassist Leo Lyons and drummer Ric Lee, and the soulful support of keyboard man Chick Churchill. While the group was also capable of moody pop and acoustic-based material (as heard on 1971's A Space in Time, whose single "I'd Like to Change the World" was their greatest American hit), it was the group's raw blues-based music that remained their trademark, powered by Lee's high-speed guitar figures. While their original run would end in 1974, Ten Years After would reunite in the '80s, and they continue to record and tour more than 50 years after they started out.

Ten Years After - Discography Addition

The Ten Years After story began in 1960 in Nottingham in the English Midlands, when guitarist Alvin Lee and bassist Leo Lyons first crossed paths while playing in a local rock band called Ivan Jay and the Jaycats. Group leader Jay would keep the band together through a large number of personnel changes, and in 1965, drummer Ric Lee signed on following the departure of the band's previous timekeeper, Dave Quickmire. In 1966, Jay and his band, now dubbed the Jaybirds, moved to London to take on a lucrative gig serving as the backing band for a popular British vocal group, the Ivy League. Around this time, keyboard player Chick Churchill came on board, and soon, he along with Alvin, Leo, and Ric decided to strike out on their own without Ivan Jay. They changed their name to the hipper-sounding Blues Trip, though they soon adopted the handle Ten Years After, referring to the fact they launched the band in 1966, ten years after Elvis Presley's career breakthrough opened the doors for rock & roll.

Background context: Provocative discography, an invasive diagnostic procedure involving disc puncture with pressurization, is a test for presumptive discogenic pain in the lumbar spine. The clinical validity of this test is unproven. Data from multiple animal studies confirm that disc puncture causes early disc degeneration. A recent study identified radiographic disc degeneration on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed 10 years later in human subjects exposed to provocative discography. The clinical effect of this disc degeneration after provocative discography is unknown.

Methods: The discography subjects and control subjects were followed by serial protocol evaluations at 1, 2, 5, and 10 years after enrollment. The lumbar disc surgery events and diagnostic imaging (computed tomography (CT) or MRI) events were recorded. In addition, the interval and cumulative lumbar spine events were recorded.

As a child in Nottingham, England, Alvin Lee's first instrument was a clarinet, which he started playing at the age of ten. At 11 he learned guitar, and at 12, in 1957, he joined his first band. Three years later he joined a band with bassist Leo Lyons, Pete Evans, and Ivan Jay. The band played British pubs, changing their name to The Jaybirds by 1962 (lead singer Ivan Jay had quit the band). In 1965 The Jaybirds' drummer was replaced by Ric Lee, and a year later (after moving to London) they recruited keyboardist Chick Churchill. By 1966, after several lineups and band names, the quartet of Alvin Lee, Rick Lee, Churchill, and Lyons began calling themselves Ten Years After. The following year the band locked down a residency at London's famous Marquee Club and signed a U.K. deal with Decca.

In 1983, 16 years after the release of their first album, Ten Years After reunited to play for the twentieth anniversary of the Marquee Club, as well as the U.K.'s Reading Festival. Six years later the band recorded the new album About Time. In 1997 they regrouped again to play a few festival shows here and there, including some in Scandinavia in 1997 and a few smaller club dates in 1998. The band went their separate ways again after the tour ended. In 2001 EMI and Decca began to digitally re-master and re-release the entire Ten Years After catalog. Keyboardist Lyons became inspired after finding some unreleased recordings, and wanted to regroup the band and tour in support of the re-released albums, but Lee was not interested.

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