| August 1971 (1971-08)|
Ten Years After
| Olympic Studios, London|
Alvin Lee and Company
Blues rock, Hard rock, Psychedelic rock
Ten Years After albums, Blues rock albums
A Space in Time is the sixth studio album by the British blues rock band Ten Years After. It was released in August 1971 by Chrysalis Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in America. A departure in style from their previous albums, A Space in Time is less 'heavy' than previous albums and includes more acoustic guitar, perhaps influenced by the success of Led Zeppelin who were mixing acoustic songs with heavier numbers. It reached number 17 in the Billboard 200.
The third track on the album, "I'd Love To Change The World", is also their biggest hit. By combining a melodic acoustic chorus with challenging electric guitar riffs, they managed to produce a sound that hit number 10 in the charts in Canada and number 40 in the USA. Although this was their biggest hit, they rarely played it live. "Baby Won't You Let Me Rock 'n' Roll You" also charted in the USA, peaking at number 61.
Billy Walker gave the album a generally positive review in Sounds. He noted the atypically soft sound of songs such as "Over the Hill" and "Let the Sky Fall" and approved of this "unexpected but pleasing dimension to the overall feel of the album", while simultaneously praising "the old TYA excitement" of tracks such as "I'd Love to Change the World" and "Baby Won't You Let Me Rock 'n' Roll You". He particularly praised Alvin Lee's guitar work. However, he complained that a number of the tracks suffered from "lack of strength or projection of Alvin's voice" and concluded "Ten Years After are a far better live band than their albums suggest; they get over much more of their charisma and excitement that has a job surfacing on their recorded work."
All songs by Alvin Lee except "Uncle Jam", which was composed by C. Churchill, A. Lee, R. Lee and L. Lyons.
- "One of These Days" – 5:52
- "Here They Come" – 4:36
- "I'd Love to Change the World" – 3:44
- "Over the Hill" – 2:28
- "Baby Won't You Let Me Rock 'n' Roll You" – 2:16
- "Once There Was a Time" – 3:22
- "Let the Sky Fall" – 4:19
- "Hard Monkeys" – 3:10
- "I've Been There Too" – 5:44
- "Uncle Jam" – 1:57
Album - Billboard (United States)Alvin Lee – guitar and vocals
Leo Lyons – bass
Ric Lee – drums
Chick Churchill – keyboards
Recorded at Olympic Studios, London
Engineer – Chris Kimsey
String arrangement on Over the Hill by Del Newman
Front cover photograph – Ed Caraeff
Back cover photograph – Alvin Lee
Executive producer – Chris Wright
1One of These Days5:50A Space in Time Wikipedia
2Here They Come4:37
3I'd Love to Change the World3:44