Alvin Lee, 12/19/44 – 3/6/13


March 6, 2013 by esarsea

Alvin Lee is ‘Going Home.’ RIP, and thanks for the music.

8 thoughts on “Alvin Lee, 12/19/44 – 3/6/13

  1. torqdog says:

    I just heard about this. I’m totally bummed. Can’t begin to tell you how much his music gave us enjoyment back in the day. His Woodstock supercharged version of “I’m Goin Home” was a regular on the old Sony cassette player I had in my Ford Econoline van. He was a legend and a true master of the electric blues.

    He will be missed but fortunately his music lives on. R.I.P.

    • esarsea says:

      True that – not to mention how much fun that song was to play (and how well it was received) back in the bar band days. It was a dance-floor-filler!

    • torqdog says:

      I forgot to mention…….. Ten Years After was one of the first concerts I saw at the old Fillmore in S.F. Opening acts were a british group called Toefat and the other was a new band called Cactus which had the drummer and bass player from Vanilla Fudge. Quite the show!

      • esarsea says:

        Yeah, Bogert and Appice. I remember the short-lived project they had with Jeff Beck. I had ‘Beck Bogert & Appice’ on vinyl at one time. If I recall correctly, there’s a Youtube video out there with Joe B playing with Cactus. I think he sat in for a song during Cactus’s brief reunion back around 2005 or 2006 (?)

        • torqdog says:

          Cool. I sometime ago somehow came across a DTS 5.1 surround CD of the Beck, Bogert, Appice album. It’s a great mix though sometimes confusing with the placement of Jeff’s guitar coming from the rear surrounds at times.

          Ten Years After always gave 110% every time I saw them. I remember the show at the Berkeley Community Theater which was on the High School campus. As soon as the band fired up, everyone was standing on their fold-up chairs which had security running up and down the aisles telling us all to sit down to no avail. After 2 or 3 songs, we were close enough to see that Leo Lyons the bassist had been hitting it so hard that his fingers and Bass were quite bloody. He just kept playin taking the opportunity between songs to wipe things down. Nevertheless, he didn’t slow down one bit and continued to bleed throughout the show.

          Those were the days my friend!

      • Bill says:

        Cactus! I sorta remember them, like Captain Beyond or Atomic Rooster.

        Bummer about Alvin. He was a huge part of my Woodstock experience. Sha-na-na, not so much.

        I have to be honest and admit I didn’t really care for his guitar tone and blues-style playing when he went that direction. It seemed a bit thin and forced, too fast, not enough feeling, in my never humble opinion.

        But he was a force and his fans love him to this day. And I always appreciate hearing how a successful artist is also a really nice person to know as a human. That’s a big part of Lee’s legacy, according to well wishers today.

  2. torqdog says:

    I finally had a chance to watch the “I’m Goin Home” vid you posted. I have chills running up and down my spine right now, same feeling I had 43 years ago when this first came out. Talk about timeless, smokin, good time rock & roll. Man that song was hot!!!!!!!

    Thanks for the memories Stu.

  3. esarsea says:

    Well when you get 37 free minutes…

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