Watt (album)

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Watt
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1970
RecordedSeptember 1970 Olympic Sound Studios, London
Genre Blues rock, psychedelic rock
Length38:05
Label Deram
Chrysalis
Producer Ten Years After
Ten Years After chronology
Cricklewood Green
(1970)
Watt
(1970)
A Space in Time
(1971)

Watt is the fifth studio album by the English blues rock band Ten Years After, released in 1970. It was recorded in September 1970 except for the last track, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen", which is a recording from the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.

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Contents

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Christgau's Record Guide C+ [2]

Allmusic gave Watt a moderately negative review, saying it "had many of the same ingredients as its predecessor, Cricklewood Green, but wasn't nearly as well thought out." They praised the band for performing as energetically as ever, but contended that Alvin Lee's compositions for the album are uniformly uninspired. [1]

Track listing

All songs written by Alvin Lee, unless otherwise noted.

Alvin Lee English guitarist and singer

Alvin Lee was an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the blues rock band Ten Years After.

Side One

  1. "I'm Coming On" – 3:48
  2. "My Baby Left Me" – 5:23
  3. "Think About the Times" – 4:43
  4. "I Say Yeah" – 5:17

Side Two

  1. "The Band with No Name" – 1:37
  2. "Gonna Run" – 6:02
  3. "She Lies in the Morning" – 7:24
  4. "Sweet Little Sixteen" (live) (Chuck Berry) – 4:09

Charts

Album

YearChartPosition
1971The Billboard 20021
YearChartPosition
1971UK5

Personnel

Leo Lyons English musician

Leo David William Lyons is an English musician who was most notably the bassist of the blues rock band Ten Years After.

Ric Lee English musician

Richard "Ric" Lee is an English drummer of the blues rock band Ten Years After.

Chick Churchill English musician

Michael George "Chick" Churchill is an English keyboard player of the late 1960s to 1970s blues rock band Ten Years After.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Watt - Ten Years After". Allmusic.
  2. Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies . Ticknor & Fields. ISBN   089919026X . Retrieved March 15, 2019 via robertchristgau.com.