January 31, 2011 – 3:46 am

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Seattle 1969 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, WA; March 22, 1969. Very good FM broadcast.

Even though Woodstock showcased Ten Years After to the world, the blues-rock band could not really break out to the masses the way Cream did on their own. Here is an old press report about Alvin Lee when he was in The Jaybirds before the group turned into Ten Years After (in 1966):

Alvin broke new ground when he was forced to play a lashing, stinging five-minute solo intro to “Money” as chairs and fists flew dangerously close to the stage. But in those days Alvin had quite a reputation as an innovator. Many have still never recovered from the traumatic effects of the time he tottered into the hall on the first pair of Cuban heel boots ever seen in Sutton… But Alvin had a certain polish even then. The group’s “Poison Ivy” was thought by many to be an improvement on The Stones’ EP version, and nobody could change from rhythm to lead guitar with quite the same smooth panache as Alvin.

Those who feel that the blues ended with Eric Clapton would be surprised at how good Alvin Lee was. Lee was simply blistering at this 1969 Seattle show.

This is what Ten Years After fan DaBoss posted on the net:

Great show! The ferocity of Alvin Lee’s guitar is incredible - he just pounds and shreds his way through these cuts like a meatgrinder making sausage. This is when they were young and hungry and it shows. Loud, fast and fun. The mix is pretty good, the guitar is the most forward, vocals are mid, drums and cymbals slightly behind vocals and bass somewhat in the back and not all that muddy - considering. The sound quality is at least as good, if not better than the commercially released “Undead” of about the same period - but the performance is much more intense here.

Thanks to 38f for sharing the tracks on the net back in 2005 and to Novella1949 for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Spoonful (11.6MB)
Track 102. Love Until I Die (10.2MB)
Track 103. Spyder In My Web (14.7MB)
Track 104. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (16.1MB)
Track 105. Hobbit / Drums Solo (9.3MB)
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Disc 2
Track 201. I Can’t Keep From Crying, Sometimes (26.2MB)
Track 202. Help Me (22.4MB)
Track 203. Medley (I’m Going Home / Baby Please Don’t Go / Blue Suede Shoes / Roll Over Beethoven / Shake Baby Shake / I’m Going Home (24.2MB)

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  1. 12 Responses to “TEN YEARS AFTER - SEATTLE 1969”

  2. Now, this is an unexpected surprise. Very cool. THANX!!!!!!!!!

    By Timmy on Jan 31, 2011

  3. hey bigo, thanks! this is pretty good.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 31, 2011

  4. thanks gang…looks like a good one !

    By sluggo on Jan 31, 2011

  5. Come on folks with ears…lol…
    This is a audience tape NOT a FM

    In all these years of tape trading never heard a FM with distant vocals, boomy boss and everything in a mono mix….

    In their prime these guys sure could play!!

    By Jim W on Feb 1, 2011

  6. I don’t care if it’s an audience or FM recording because it sounds very good to my ears. And 1969 was a very good year for Alvin Lee & Co.

    Thank YOU for this one!!!!!

    Cheers Tony

    By tony lauber on Feb 3, 2011

  7. Incredible guitar player, Alvin Lee..one of the best from all the times…great Band..Thank you for this..

    By alejandro on Feb 19, 2011

  8. Definately an audience tape. Not a bad one with some little played number. Have a Fillmore West tape from around this time that doesn’t sound much better. Great performance. I think it’s a keeper.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Feb 21, 2011

  9. disc 2 download links don’t work, at least of today’s date of 12/27/13. would really love disc 2 as well. thank you.

    By Anthony on Dec 28, 2013

  10. Files for disc two and three say ‘unavailable’.

    By Belmo on Jun 7, 2014

  11. disc 2 download links still don’t work as of 06/07/2014

    By MIKER on Jun 8, 2014

  12. I just downloaded disc 2, 20:00EST Was ok for me.

    Thanks Big O can wait to listen

    By Ron M on Jun 8, 2014

  13. Thanks for helping with these tracks. I appreciate it.

    By Belmo on Jun 9, 2014

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