Last I saw Alvin Lee, he was with Ten Years After on the stage at Woodstock, he was just finishing the whirlwind song that was the band's signature, I'm Going Home. Seems like it is one long road as he still seems to be on that journey according to the title of this disc, Still on the Road to Freedom, or perhaps home isn't freedom to him. Though fans of his guitar styling are happy he is still working on this passage, and expanding the vistas he is now encountering. There is an old adage that says it isn't reaching the destination, but the journey itself that is the important thing. His steps along the way lead into a plethora of different styles; yet all rooted in various forms of the blues; from the Country Blues, to Rock-a-Billy, to Folk Blues, and even venturing into a funk/gospel feel. There is a lot to be said for the divergent explorations of the side paths he is traversing in that he is expanding the platform that serves as his base.
He is accompanied on parts of this disc by some of his long time cohorts from more recent adventures of the afore mentioned band, Richard Newman on drums, Pete Pritchard on basses, Tim Hinkley; keyboards, among others. On a number of tracks Lee plays most all the parts. The sound is crisp and clean, moves with a direction and is solidly rooted. It doesn't seem to matter what the genre the music ventures into, the sound is rock solid clean. Lee is not a frenetic as a guitar player as in the past, instead slowing down, yet still exhibiting his usual skill and flair on the instrument. His voice has matured and his songs are wonderful stories of the intervening years, filling in the gaps. The songs are all by him and he is a quite able storyteller.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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