A Space in Time
|A Space in Time|
|Studio album by Ten Years After|
|Recorded||at Olympic Studios, London|
|Producer||Ten Years After|
|Ten Years After chronology|
A Space in Time is the seventh 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.
|The Village Voice||B+|
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 (North America)
|1971||The Billboard 200||17|
- 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
All song and personnel information gathered from the liner notes of the album A Space In Time (Copyright © 1971 by Chrysalis Records, Inc. F2 21001), as issued by Chrysalis Records in the U.S.
- A Space in Time USA chart history, Allmusic. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
- Ten Years After USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
- Newsom, Jim. Ten Years After: A Space In Time > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 17 May 2007.
- Christgau, Robert (October 14, 1971). "Consumer Guide (19)". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- Walker, Billy (28 August 1971). "Ten Years After Today". Sounds (Spotlight Publications). p. 6.
- A Space in Time at Myspace (streamed copy where licensed)
- "A Space in Time" Review on "Cool Album of the Day"