Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Alvin Lee: Going Home
I've been listening to music with all I've got for over 40 years. Occasionally, I'm surprised by how much has slipped through the cracks. Sure, who can listen to everything? But that's not what I mean. I mean, whole genres and entire catalogues simply unexplored.
Anyone who bought a Rolling Stones record must have noticed the photos of Caravan's LPs on the London inner sleeve. Only just heard their music last month. And how about Savoy Brown? All this time I thought I hated this band. I have no reason. Never heard a note. I just ignored it all based on what I knew or thought I knew. "Boogie band, turned into Foghat." Well, that's not completely accurate. When Savoy Brown finally found themselves, four brilliant records appeared. And when singer Chris Youlden disappeared, Savoy Brown became the band I thought they were all along. God bless Chris Youlden. More interesting is this. Foghat is basically a punchline, right? Listen to the debut produced by Dave Edmunds. Fucking great! The transition from Savoy Brown being great to not so great? The first Foghat album.
We lost Alvin Lee. 68 years young. Complications during routine surgery. What a fucking way to go.
I had a number of people contact me regarding his passing, nudging me I guess, to whip up some obituary/tribute.
You know what? All I know of Alvin Lee and Ten Years After is Woodstock. And I didn't love it. From what I've gathered, this is another band that slipped through the cracks.
I'm going to have to get back to you on this. Or maybe I won't. It doesn't matter.
This is a sad story and a great loss, no matter what I think now or what I will feel later.