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Alvin Lee — The Bluest Blues
Album: Nineteen Ninety-Four
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8.1

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Total ratings: 3624









Released: 1994
Length: 7:23
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I couldn't wait to see you, waiting by the door
There's no one there to meet me, and your clothes are on the floor
Sorry if I hurt you, and I made you cry
Couldn't stand to see you, with another guy
It's the bluest blues, and it cuts me like a knife
It's the bluest blues, since you walked out of my life

Couldn't really tell you, how you hurt my pride
Something broke within me, down inside
I never knew I loved you, til you went away
Now the loneliness surrounds me, everyday
It's the bluest blues, since you walked out of the door
It's the bluest blues, 'cause I won't see you no more

I'm sorry if I failed you, if somehow I'm to blame
It's the bluest blues I'm feeling, it's a cryin' shame
I just can't live without you, face another day
It's the bluest blues I'm feeling, and it's here to stay
It's the bluest blues, and it cuts me to the bone
It's the bluest blues, when you can't find your way home
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What a passionate song!  Great to hear the beautiful lyrics along with some kickass guitar playing.  Thanks RP!
 ExpatLarry wrote:

I know it's all subjective, but I don't understand anyone who doesn't think this guy is playing the hell out of that guitar.



Well said. British blues at its finest, Alvin a "phenom" in some eras' lingo, and so epically showcased at the original Woodstock. I'd love to change the world, too.
Not to sound shallow or superficial, but he also was one of the coolest looking guitar players, and  had a cool name . 
Too short!
This must be one of the all-time best blues songs, especially this version. Love it..!
Wow, this takes me back to maybe 1967 or so when I saw Ten Years After play at the Ocean Park Pier (or was it called Pacific Ocean Park Pier?) 
 coloradojohn wrote:

I'm so glad I got to see Alvin jam at The Rainbow Theater in Denver in autumn of '83. Much like Gilmour, he is able to connect and project himself so well through the guitar, as if it is an extension of the feelings of his soul...



Yeah, Alvin Lee and Gary Moore are in their own league when it comes to that.
Magnifique solo, délicieuse mélodie. 
I already have this at 10.  How do I go up from here?  Amazing, I enjoy it more each time I listen. 
How have I never heard this? I am floored. Dumbfounded.  What amazing work. I thought the slide solo would be the peak for this song - it was that tastefuk - but no, then Lee kicked things into overdrive.
 ExpatLarry wrote:

I know it's all subjective, but I don't understand anyone who doesn't think this guy is playing the hell out of that guitar.




I  Agree completely!  Thanx RP!   
Brings be back to my Winterland daze.  
 S-curvy wrote:

I am so darn good on the air guitar with this tune that I’ve blown 2 amps already! 😂😂



Air amps, I assume. 
 S-curvy wrote:

I am so darn good on the air guitar with this tune that I’ve blown 2 amps already! 😂😂



Its goes to 11! 
Have searched for this album for years. This is one of my rare 10s. I tried Nineteen Ninety-Four previously, but it's Pure Blues. One CD coming from Goodwill of CO, via Amazon. 
9 - 10.  2 godlike solos from George and Alvin 
Nothing like the sound coming out of "Big Red"...
Lord Alvin RIP

I am officially on another planet now😳
Wow!
That outro?
Damn Son.

Started out at an immediate 8 after George Harrison's sublime slide...
Then, I slowly realize the spectacular power of Alvin's 'axe' showcased here, and with jaw agape, I end this epic rip up-voting to a rare 10 (for me). WOW🤟🏻
TY RP


Beautiful..RIP  George and Alvin.
watched the  directors cut of  woodstock  movie...all 4 hrs/

Alvin puted on such a great show, going home
 neptunejeff wrote:

Truly one of the guitar Gods of yesterday. Some of his best stuff can bring a tear to my eyes...RIP ..Alvin




    
 hendon wrote:

I saw these guys live, back in 74, San Diego. They did this song and Alvin tore the shit up, it was spiritual. Very under rated is putting it mildly. Rock on RP, and thank you. 




You Lucky Duck! I wish I was there!  GREAT TUNE!
How'd he do that?! Talk about being lost in the zone. I'm sitting here, eyes closed, tearing and making facial expressions.
One of my all-time favs.
I give 10/10 and what remained from my heart....
Woah...who is this guy? He was with Ten Years After? Dang!
such a killer riff at the back end, has to be one of the greatest ever? 10
I saw these guys live, back in 74, San Diego. They did this song and Alvin tore the shit up, it was spiritual. Very under rated is putting it mildly. Rock on RP, and thank you. 
One of those songs that actually never feels long enough    
 ExpatLarry wrote:

I know it's all subjective, but I don't understand anyone who doesn't think this guy is playing the hell out of that guitar.


Well, you've got 103 thumbs up, and zero thumbs down, so I guess there's not too many of those misguided folks.  ; )
 johnfiva wrote:


This is what making love would sound like if you played it on a guitar.



Agree completely to both!
 xray38 wrote:

I'm not really a big blues fan, but this totally transcends that fact.  This is absolutely brilliant!



This is what making love would sound like if you played it on a guitar.
 ExpatLarry wrote:

I know it's all subjective, but I don't understand anyone who doesn't think this guy is playing the hell out of that guitar.



Thumbs up number 100 is mine!!
An incredible talent with a sweet, sweet touch.  Another one who died too young, even if he was 68.
What the heck?  i rated this an 8?  That's for songs I really like.

Now a 9.  Whew! That was a close one.
Alvin Lee after Stones' 'Miss You.'  We can assume that wasn't an accident. 
I love your selection of music.It brings me through the day and the half night.
Thank you for that.
Best regards from René from Germany
ladies and gentlemen, the late great and underrated, Alvin Lee ...
Too bad alvin is no longer with us
Oh wow, I always thought this was Lynyrd Skynyrd.
 nomnol wrote:


I am having trouble believing GH played that first solo... but he did. 


But then George was an underrated and brilliant guitarist.
I'm so glad I got to see Alvin jam at The Rainbow Theater in Denver in autumn of '83. Much like Gilmour, he is able to connect and project himself so well through the guitar, as if it is an extension of the feelings of his soul...
Just sitting here working away then noticed some wicked guitar playing. Went to see who it was - damn if it ain’t Alvin Lee. Always considered him an under-rated guitarist. Fine form on this one - loving it!
The Alvin Lee's guitar looks like singing. Wonderfull.
 rharvey658 wrote:

George Harrison plays slide guitar on this and performs the first solo. On the liner notes for this song Alvin writes that after hearing George's smooth solo (compared to Lee's "usual mad guitar" (Alvin's words, not mine), he changed his attitude about how to complete the rest of the recording and his (Alvin's) solos.  The result is this masterpiece.



I am having trouble believing GH played that first solo... but he did. 
 black321 wrote:


Believe that was Albert Lee



Just looked at a pic of Albert Lee and he was there, very recognizable. There was another guitar player that I thought looked like Alvin Lee. I'll have to look at the personnel for the concert and see if Alvin was there too.
Just checked, no Alvin. I thought Marc Mann was Alvin.
 avikatz wrote:

Wish I could play this again...
Just... why would he change a cool name like Graham Barnes, to a chipmunk name lie Alvin Lee?


"Alvin Lee" just sounds like a bluesman.  "Graham Barnes" sounds like a lawyer or an accountant.
Simple awesome 👏
 xcranky_yankee wrote:

Kazoo just mentioned that this is the guy standing in the background playing the amazing solos during the Concert for George. Oh yeah! Simply amazing.



Believe that was Albert Lee
I was always a fan of Alvin Lee, and have many 10 Years After lps,; the more I hear *this* tune, the higher I rate it--this has to be one of Alvin's greatest tunes.  (And RP must like it cause it's on here often {8-)
All these English guys, around the same age, where were they coming from? I never get tired of listening.
I'm not really a big blues fan, but this totally transcends that fact.  This is absolutely brilliant!
Always an absolute pleasure and delight to hear his guitar!
We need a 12 on the scale again!
Kazoo just mentioned that this is the guy standing in the background playing the amazing solos during the Concert for George. Oh yeah! Simply amazing.
9>10
I donated last week.  Just had my money's worth.
New discovery for me, well a year or so ago on RP and just love this track....builds to that crescendo so well....ethereal and transitory. 9
Stunningly good! A very good friend and colleague of mine introduced this album to me in the late '90s. He was, at the time, dying of cancer, at age 44.  Said that the blues seemed appropriate to his condition. Too true. I miss you, buddy.
Never heard of him. Will now never forget him. Wow!!!
Simply startling guitar playing by  Mr Lee who I only ever saw live at the Isle of Wight Festival in '70 but  was a fan then and delighted  to hear once again
Thanks Bill and Rebecca
Anthemic, to be sure.
Obviously this song all about that amazing "solo", but what I think what sets this song apart is that it isn't a solo, it is perfectly mixed with the drums and the piano. And it's not a contest to see how fast he can play the notes as so  many others are. Beautiful, sublime stuff. 
The bluest blue, that´s me
Goosebumps from nowhere !
This is one of those songs, where the first time I heard it on RP I was stopped dead in my tracks and I could not believe that I was not familiar with this artist. I have no idea how much great music I might have missed out on, if it were not for RP.
 rharvey658 wrote:
George Harrison plays slide guitar on this and performs the first solo. On the liner notes for this song Alvin writes that after hearing George's smooth solo (compared to Lee's "usual mad guitar" (Alvin's words, not mine), he changed his attitude about how to complete the rest of the recording and his (Alvin's) solos.  The result is this masterpiece.
 
Cool. Thanks for that.
Cat Stevens Blackness of the Night followed by The Bluest Blues with AHOWOOlvin. 

Pure.

Genius.

RP at its finest artistry and emotional massaging for a troubled world. <3
WOW!
Lyrics about another dumb ass guy whose own dullness lost his mojo with a lady = 5. 
Guitar finale = a 10, but Bill might consider adding a special double-digit option.  
First time heard this the hairs I my arms tingled, my eyes got a swell, my jaw dropped. Makes you break the numbness. Bravisimo.
Dayum!!!! That guitar solo! 
Wow, welcome 2021
Where is the 11 rating button!
OK- That did it. Just donated. Thanks for all that you guys do! There's no better eclectic station that I know of. 
 expatlar wrote:
I know it's all subjective, but I don't understand anyone who doesn't think this guy is playing the hell out of that guitar.
 
Guitar playing is not all subjective. Some playing requires more ability. And even from an emotional standpoint, I think you can get consensus that some playing has more emotion. I get that music is quite subjective, but it's not all subjective.

I am willing to grant that you can't generally prove your musical tastes are somehow superior, but I'm not going to let someone argue that "Hit Me Baby One More Time" is on par with this "Like a Rolling Stone". It's sometimes okay to make definitive statements about music, so yes, he is playing the hell out of that guitar.
Great guitar playing. I love Alvin Lee and TYA. George Harrison's solo is also beautiful (1st solo of the song).
I do believe the production was somehow influenced/inspired by Gary Moore's still got the blues album which came out in 1990. Doesn't bother me, I like both. 
Wish I could play this again...
Just... why would he change a cool name like Graham Barnes, to a chipmunk name lie Alvin Lee?
Alvin RIP...
George Harrison plays slide guitar on this and performs the first solo. On the liner notes for this song Alvin writes that after hearing George's smooth solo (compared to Lee's "usual mad guitar" (Alvin's words, not mine), he changed his attitude about how to complete the rest of the recording and his (Alvin's) solos.  The result is this masterpiece.
Wow... Such sweet, amazing guitar work here.
From one of the all-time greatest guitarists ever to enrich our lives.

RIP, Alvin Lee.
This is why I listen to RP. Always great to discover something new, even if it does end up costing me more money.
So good. 8>9
Epic.
 jonahboo wrote:

i dunno, i hear a vibrato at the end.......maybe a different geetar (strat etc)

 

you're right about the vibrato but it doesn't sound like a stratocaster, maybe it's PRS or something like that.

Nice power blues though, thought it was Gary Moore first for the voice and the playing.
6:10. You think he’s climaxed. He’s just getting started.
Alvin Lee, Ten Years After, Woodstock:  I'm Going Home, Live!
'Nuff said!
Truly one of the guitar Gods of yesterday. Some of his best stuff can bring a tear to my eyes...RIP ..Alvin
Stupendous!
Wow, love this. Thank you RP!
This has become one of my favorite songs.  I was not that big a Ten Years After fan.  But I love  this song.
 mtrenor wrote:
Rockin that ES335 with style and taste.   Pleasure to listen to some archive brilliance.  
 
i dunno, i hear a vibrato at the end.......maybe a different geetar (strat etc)

 domicap wrote:
Shame on me that i don 't know this song.  What a solo!  I got tears in my eyes..
 
Same!!  Wow!! Getting a 9 from me.
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Bananajam} ...... wow, fucking wow  {#Guitarist}
 
I just jumped you up a notch, but the blow hard ahead of you, doesn't know how to enjoy music. This tells both of us that you should be beating him by double digits.  He's a prick. I bet you're fun to have a beer with...


Saw 10 Years After at a free show in Central Park, summer of '68, with Buddy Guy and Jefferson Airplane. Doesn't get much better...
The Zeus of the guitar gods
I am so darn good on the air guitar with this tune that I’ve blown 2 amps already! 😂😂
Just awesome.  One of the greats.
Those solos. Just...wow...
 Piranga wrote:
Sometimes you just have to drop everything and say, Holy Shit!
 
"CLANK" and "Holy Shit!!" ;-) 

This is a great thematic segue from the Stone's "Miss You" - gonna +1 this number to a 9...LLRP!!
Great  solo LP for Alvin... Gone way to soon...
awesome solo, sounds like Black Keys "Weight of Love" solo ripped off some of the this amazing work
Sometimes you just have to drop everything and say, Holy Shit!
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Ah, the guitar tone on that epic outro...
 

Yeah, that!  Got it cranked up and really digging the tone, etc.
Beautiful song.  Unfortunately, I keep hearing "Blue's Clues", and it's ruining it for me.
Wow..words escape me.  
Shame on me that i don 't know this song.  What a solo!  I got tears in my eyes..
Rockin that ES335 with style and taste.   Pleasure to listen to some archive brilliance.  
 robertomiller wrote:
Well. There's a little known gem.
 

Tell me about it. I am blown away every time i hear it. That solo, man!
Love this song
Well. There's a jewel that I somehow did not know. 
Maybe RP should be RR... Resurrection Radio... 
 ScottD wrote:
Because Alvin often played very fast, and very loose however very well, I think that's the reason he was never given guitar god status along with Beck, Page, Clapton etc. But this tune proves that he could also play with a lot of soul and emotion. Ever since Woodstock, he was one of my favs and I'm glad to see him getting airtime on RP. Thanks Bill.
 

WOW!  This is some kinda awesome, thanks RP.  RIP AL.
 ico wrote:
after Gilmour's Comfortable Numb solo all in this theme is no good...
 
Nah. Nope. 
after Gilmour's Comfortable Numb solo all in this theme is no good...
I can't keep from cryin' sometimes...
This guy always gave it 100%.  Never phoned it in.  Never cheated.  
I know it's all subjective, but I don't understand anyone who doesn't think this guy is playing the hell out of that guitar.
Ah, the guitar tone on that epic outro...
First time hearing this. That was incredible.