Alvin Lee shocked his fans by stepping off the rock 'n' roll treadmill in 1972 and recording the down-home Americana album 'On The Road To Freedom' with gospel singer Mylon le Fevre. He was looking for freedom from the long tour schedules playing every night (with Ten Years After) in huge arenas where the sound echoed like a freight shed . His latest, 'Still On The Road To Freedom' , is another landmark album, 13 songs picked from over double that number written in the four years since last release Saguitar . They set Lee's compass for his musical future and revisit his musical past, travelling back to the Fifties, up to the present day, then going full circle to Ten Years After with 'Love Like A Man 2'. The material is varied, yet has a common thread that typifies the ever-progressive, ever-innovative nature of one of Britain's premier rock guitarists, singers and songwriters. 'Still On The Road To Freedom' is a statement that, 43 years on from Woodstock, he has fuel in his tank and freedom in his sights. Expertly mastered by Jon Astley (The Who, Led Zeppelin, George Harrison) - Superb sound from the best in the business! Similar in style and spirit to the original, it's classic rock, with excellent musicianship from one of the UK's foremost guitar heroes. This 2012 release is the natural progression to the highly successful 'On The Road To Freedom' from 1973.
D. B. Wagstaff
Jun 19, 2012 - 1:26PM
Re: stll on the road to freedom
Actually, the time has flown by, particularly since I never take preliminary announced release dates seriously. My extensive research, assisted by several interns and generous rations of refreshing beverages, shows these preliminary dates, while well-intentioned, are only accurate 2.7% of the time and never err on the "earlier than expected" side.
As stated in Wagstaff's Rule #14: "Some d@mned fool on the business end will always manage to screw things up and/or slow things down and everything will always take longer than it should."
Of course the rule applies after the Wagstaff's Alvin Corollary #3: "No music will be released before its time" - primarily because Alvin forbids himself - much to our enjoyment - from ever saying things like "I can live with that" or "I'll fix it in the mix".