Posts Tagged ‘Alvin Lee’

degrees of separation

March 13, 2013

The deaths of Alvin Lee, guitarist with Ten Years After, and Peter Banks, founder member of Yes, have been announced. I remember enjoying TYA live in the early seventies not long after their big 1970 hit Love Like A Man, with the amazing extended live version on the flip. Alvin’s connection to the DP Family comes through a 1987 solo album Detroit Diesel, on which Jon Lord played Hammond (on two tracks – alongside other familiar names like Vicky Brown, Boz Burrell and George Harrison – it was even produced by Lou Austin).
By the time I got to see Yes they were into their ‘classic’ line-up era, but like many kids at school I recall the risqué sleeve to the first Flash album (1972), a band which Peter Banks formed after leaving Yes. It was only much later that I learned their albums were produced by Derek Lawrence and engineered by Martin Birch (just a few weeks before he zoomed off to do Machine Head).