Love Like A Man – Challenge #199

In 1973, American gospel singer Mylon LeFevre and Alvin Lee released the album On the Road to Freedom, which featured George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Mick Fleetwood, and Ron Wood so it was essentially a supergroup, but this album was not well received even though some critics have said this contains some of Alvin’s best work. All the songs were written by LeFevre and Lee except ‘So Sad (No Love of His Own)’ which was written by George Harrison and ‘Let ‘Em Say What They Will’ which was written by Ron Wood. In 2012, Alvin Lee released another solo album titled Still On the Road to Freedom, which was not strictly a blues album, as it combined rock, rockabilly and folk music and all of the songs were written by Alvin Lee. Lee died in Spain at the age of 68 on March 6th of 2013. He died from unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure to correct an atrial arrhythmia.

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Alvin Lee the frontman for Ten Years After wrote this song and it was released on their fourth studio album Cricklewood Green, which came out in 1970.  This was their only UK Singles’ chart hit, where it reached #10, but only going to #98 in the US.  Alvin Lee was known for his rapid-fire guitar speed which earned him the title of being “The Fastest Guitarist in the West”.  Alvin was considered to be a precursor to shred-style playing which developed in the 1980s.  To shred a guitar, musicians have to push themselves to their physical playing limits to perform at faster tempos, or be able to execute ideas in a seamless and smooth manner.  This level of performance requires an enormous amount of patient and dedicated practice, as building your finger dexterity, speed, and hand-eye coordination to perform quickly, cleanly, and accurately takes a lot of time and a lot…

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      1. Ssssh was their third studio album and it charted #20 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the UK charts. It featured the Sonny Boy Williamson song Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.


  1. Always thought Alvin Lee was a great guitar player. They would call Bruce Springsteen “Alvin Lee by the sea”… Lee was one of the top ones. Not sure if I heard this one but its good.

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