Ten Years After – A Space In Time


  • Two superb sides, Triple Plus (A+++) for the second side and Double Plus (A++) for the first
  • One of the most Tubey Magical rock recordings out there, and a copy like this captures and delivers all of it
  • The sound is big, rich and full-bodied with massive size and tons of space
  • A Better Records Psych Rock Favorite with the hit single “I’d Love To Change The World”

This is some of the best high production value rock music of the ’70s. The amount of effort that went into the recording of this album is comparable to that expended by the engineers and producers of bands like Supertramp, Yes, Jethro Tull, Ambrosia, Pink Floyd and too many others to list. It seems that no effort or cost was spared in making the home listening experience as compelling as the recording technology of the day permitted. (Of course, as it turns out, recording technology only got worse as the decade wore on, and during the ’80s the sound of most records went off a cliff.)

Big Production British Rock & Roll

Just listen to the guitar solo on ‘Let The Sky Fall’. It comes complete with layer upon layer of guitars, acoustic and electric, with some backwards guitar thrown in for good measure. And that’s just the guitar parts. This kind of dense aural soundscape, presented with so many carefully placed elements from side to side and front to back, makes repeated listenings especially rewarding.

No matter how many times you play the album you are likely to hear (and hopefully appreciate) something new in the mix. I’ve been playing ASIT for forty years (bought my copy when I was still in high school) and I heard lots of things this time around I never knew were there. This is why we keep improving our systems, right? There is never going to be a time when these nearly forty year old recordings have nothing new to offer.

Tubey Magic Rankings

You don’t need tube equipment to hear the prodigious amounts of Tubey Magic that exist on this recording. For those of you who’ve experienced top quality analog pressings of Meddle or Dark Side of the Moon, or practically any jazz album on Contemporary, whether played through tubes or transistors, that’s the luscious sound of Tubey Magic, and it is ALL OVER A Space in Time.

Ranked strictly in terms of Tubey Magic I would have to put this album in our Most Tubey Magical Rock Recordings of All Time, right up there with Sgt. Pepper, Dark Side of the Moon, the first Eagles album, the first Dire Straits album, the first Doors album, Ziggy Stardust, Tumbleweed Connection, and a handful of others.

British Band, British Pressing… Right?

Nope. There was a time when I thought the imports for this title were the best, but I can now clearly hear they are made from tape copies of the master, lacking the life and energy of the best domestic LPs.

Their Only Essential Album

By the way, this was the first Ten Years After record I ever bought, and I liked it so much I went out and bought many of their other albums, only to find that none of their other albums are anything like this one. None of them sound particularly good; none of them are particularly well produced; and most of the music is fairly forgettable British blues rock.


Side One

One Of These Days
Here They Come
I’d Love to Change The World
Over the Hill
Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘N’ Roll You

Side Two

Once There Was A Time
Let The Sky Fall
Hard Monkeys
I’ve Been There Too
Uncle Jam