Monday, July 24, 2006

All You Need Is Love

We go back to the sixties and back to California to meet another historical band: The Love, from Los Angeles. Leaded by the great composer, singer and guitarist Arthur Lee, this multi-racial combo has exposed in some memorable records a perfect combination of different styles like rythm 'n' blues, folk, pop with beautiful and fancyful arrangements. A rocking version of Burt Bacharach's song My Little Red Book, that they presented with this mimed performance on the TV program American Bandstand, was one of the gems included on the 1966 self-titled debut album. The Love's golden period continued in 1967 with the next two albums Da Capo and Forever Changes. This last one is a collection of marvellous folk-pop songs with very refined orchestral arrangements, and it's considered by many as one of the best rock album ever.
Due to Lee's despotic attitude and drug-related problems, the band began to dissolve. In the following decades Arthur Lee appeared a very few times on the musical scene, also because of some health problems, but in 2003 he reformed Love with some new fine musicians (the other singer and composer Bryan MacLean died in '98) for a tour on which they played the whole Forever Changes album, and some more old tunes. He was in great shape, as documented also by this DVD. On this clip the "New Love" play a compelling version of 7 And 7 Is, originally included on Da Capo.

Added on august 04: I've just read on the Sonic Pollutions blog that Arthur Lee has died. I didn't imagine that this post could turn into an obituary so soon. As I wrote about Syd Barrett, the man has gone but his music will still remain for a long time.

Love - My Little Red Book (1966)
Love - 7 And 7 Is (2003)





Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice....another American band that lacked video exposure....Thanks, Dave K.

7/24/2006 11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arthur is now battleing leukemia. Recently Robert Plant headlined a benefit for Arthur in NYC

7/27/2006 4:33 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I didn't know it. I'm sorry for him, he' s never been a lucky guy...

7/27/2006 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Andrés de Chile said...

Just to say thank you very much, your postings are so great, Really love'em.

7/27/2006 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Thanks very much for these.
Love is one of my favorite bands.
Didn't know Arthur is battling leukemia. That is very sad news.
Much like Skip Spence in a way, with Robert Plant's benifit.
Maybe a Love tribute album could be in the works?

7/29/2006 1:56 AM  
Blogger themusicilike said...

maybe that was the reason Arthur Lee was sacked from his own band. Maybe the illness was making him act so strange. Who knows?
Hope Lee gets cured.

Mirco, thanx again, you've made my day!

7/31/2006 2:01 PM  
Blogger The Baz said...

Hi Mirco.

I type this on August 4th and I woke an hour ago to the news that Arthur Lee has just died.

A very sad loss.

I have published a quick tribute and am sending my readers here for these videos since I haven't any myself to offer.

A sad day - bit too soon after Syd isn't it?


8/04/2006 10:21 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi Baz, I've just read the new on your blog and added it on my post, I was still sad about Syd's death...
Thanks for the link anyway...

See you soon


8/04/2006 1:45 PM  
Blogger The Baz said...

Yes... I'm still grieving over Syd so for Arthur to be added on top just three weeks later is absolutely awful. Though both were totally individual and different there are quite a few interesting links between them the most obvious being Syds use of "My Little Red Book" as the basis of the "Interstellar Overdrive" riff and the fact that Syd was one of the very first in the UK to get into Arthurs music. Only one year between them as well, Lee being just one year older than Syd. Both also became genuine legends in their own lifetime.

But... as you point out, their music remains as well as their influence and that will last beyond our own lifetimes.

God bless them both.


8/04/2006 4:37 PM  
Anonymous aldo reali said...

...!!!didn't know about it!
yeah...syd and arthur...
i remember finding that 1st love album when i was 15...i had been looking for it precisely because of that syd's connection....then i came across it almost magically( it was not an easy find where i lived)and did they look great on the cover...
i'm so, so happy to have seen Arthur live in Scotland, in outstanding form , the last year i was there 2002...

8/04/2006 11:47 PM  
Anonymous aldo reali said...

i just remembered how last night i was listening to Forever Changes...maybe coincidence is not the right word...

8/04/2006 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Arthur
You will be missed...

8/05/2006 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Sheyla from Brasil said...

Just to say thank you very much

9/02/2006 1:35 PM  

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