"A Sting In The Tale"
Land Of The Vandals - Iron Horse - Miss Constable - Up In
Smoke - Retired Hurt - Suranne Suranne - Stoned Phone -
Two Lost Souls - Diamond Girl - Last Night Of The Bottle -
Guitar Hero - Silverspoon Lady
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YEARS AFTER - „A STING IN THE TALE“
Review by Dave Willey
A STING IN THE TALE – Reminds me of lyrics
by Roy Harper.
“A Sting In The
Tale” comes directly from his album H-Q from 1995 and the song
“When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease,
well you never know whether he's gone.With
a new ball sting in his tail, and it could be me, and it could
be thee, and it could be the sting in the ale – the sting in
the ale. If sometimes you're catching a fleeting glimpse ...”
Putting this into perspective, Ten Years
After is a band that should never fade away or die. They keep
changing, rearranging and reinventing themselves out the last 50
years. They have been flying in and out of stardom, which left
their loyal fans wondering, if they were still around or given
up for dead. Then back they'd come again to our ultimate delight.
One member died and the rest thankfully continue to thrive. From
1967 to 2017 they're still producing, creating and playing great
music and aren't we all blessed to still have them with us.
Land of the Vandals –
opening song starts with an instrumental build up, that keeps
you guessing about where it's leading to. It doesn't take very
long before the guitar riff and the rest of the band takes off
on a rocking little jaunt of exciting music. Message wise, it's
a reality check. Modern times and sad state of affairs indeed.
2. Iron Horse – 3:25
This track is just as good as the first one, and keeps the
energy and passion pumping right along at an energetic pace.
Music and vocals can't be beat. Just how tough you have to be to
make it in the modern world – like an Iron Horse.
3. Miss Constable – 4:06
The vocals of John Kay of
Steppenwolf, what a great sound and surprise. These first three songs really hit
the mark for Ten Years After, the band is really tight and with
a lot of positive energy to spare. Brilliant Job by Chick
Churchill, gutty Guitar work and strong vocals by Marcus,
rolling bass lines of thunder by Colin, and steady impressive
drumming throughout by the one and only Ric Lee.
4. Up In Smoke – 6:13
This song is so good that the 6:13 time goes by like a three
minute 45 record. A real toe tapper for sure. There's no way
that you'll be able to sit still through this without being
drawn into it. Good and pleasing, with guitar work and vocals
that are – Reminicent of Free's Mouthful of Grass and Paul
Rogers sound phrasing. You couldn't ask for a better or tighter
5. Retired and Hurt (Over You) – 5:36
Excellent Song – Don't Ever Tell Me That
They Don't Make Songs Like This Anymore.
You'd Be Hard Pressed to Find Better “GOOD
Old/NEW” Rock and Roll Being Played.
6. Suranne-Suranne (I Should've Been Your Man) – 3:24 (I'm So in Love With You).
This is one of the hardest rocking songs on this collection.
A real standout in music with good lyrics that go right heard
and soul. Still got that John Kay power-house style we all loved
to hear all these years. Like finding a long lost friend. You'll
feel right at home on this one. Chick Churchill is sounding like
Goldie McJohn – the song is an echo of Steppenwolf's “Ride With
Me” (Baby) and a Stone Cold Rocker Like Sookie – Sookie
Sookie – Sookie SUE!!!
7. Stoned Alone – 4:09
A nice filler, with a smooth story, ballad. Great
keyboard work by Chick. Everybody sounds great and has
that gospel sound to it. Stay on the bus until it gets you back
home where you belong.
8. Two Lost Souls – 4.06 (Just Tryin' To Make It Home) Dancin' Barefoot in
Two lost souls trying to get back home. It's a great fast
rocker, refreshing after the slower paced Stone Alone right
before it. Back on track again and heading for a strong ending.
It's a shame that this song had to end at all.
9. I Lost My “Diamond Girl” - 5:17
Somehow this one reminds me of Blind Faith's “Can't Find
My Way Home” and “Presence Of The
Lord” mixed together for an atomic reaction/fusion explosion.
You'd Better Tighten Up Your Wig at
the 2:40 Mark and by 3:30 there's no turning back. Dynamic vocal,
without screaming. “I Lost My Diamond Girl and I Can't Find My
10. Last Night of the Bottle – 4:09
Echo of Hear Me Callin' – Chick Churchill is pounding the
keys all the way through the song, but then at the 1:37 mark
Chick stands out like few others in modern rock and roll. Keith
Emerson has passed – Greg Allmann is dead and gone – Rick
Wakeman (don't know where he's at these days). God Bless You
Chick – you never sounded better – you're simply brilliant.
11. When A “Guitar Hero” (Was All You Ever Wanted To Be)
– 4:55 – (A Juke Box Hero)
I have two thoughts about this number. First, I think it
sould have been the opening track and second, it should have
been the closing track on this set. Either way, in my opinion,
it's the best song on this CD. It's also damn hard not to think
about Alvin Lee when listening to it. It reminds me of Alvin's
song “Rock and Roll Guitar Picker” or “Rock and Roll Music
To The World” … “I
and leave the
rest to my
guitar” … ROCK IN PEACE ALVIN!
and Roll Guitar Heros Never Die!
12. Silverspoon Lady – 3:18 – (You Won't Get The
Best of Me)
A great way to end this. Up – Beat
and it makes it very easy to press the replay button and give it
another go round and round and round. Which I'm sure will do,
Hats off for a super effort! Nice cow bell Ric --- a
Missisippi Queen Tribute.
Great Job -Very Well Done In All Areas – Talent Plus –
From Four Expert Musiciains.Song Writing Is Good to Excellent
Across The Board – Sound Qualitiy Excellent.
Production Values Top Shelf. Overall Rating 10 Plus.
Congratulations Ric, Chick, Colin and Marcus. It's going to
be hard to top this outstanding effort, but isn't that what
professional musicians like to hear. We're proud to be your fans!
All songs are original and written by Ten Years After Band
Every household should have a copy of this recording. As it's
August 1, 2017 – this CD – in my opinion should be in the
top five at the end of the year. It's that good. It's a labor of
love. There's nothing negative in this review, if you think
there is, you're sadly mistaken.
My comparison to other bands or groups are offered with all
due respect, to those musicians and all the members of Ten Years
BY THOMAS HENZLER
Thanks to Sabine Trunzer (KULTOPOLIS)
Dave Willey, Thomas Henzler, Anita Ranisch