LED by the enigmatic Arthur Lee, Love were the trailblazing LA outfit who were the psychedelic rulers of the West Coast USA in the mid to late 60s, sandwiched somewhere between label mates The Doors and country rockers The Byrds, but who became one of the most revered and seminal bands of all time.
Love – Love Songs, released through Salvo Records is a stunning two CD definitive collection of the band’s output which features material from all of Love’s recorded albums including their 1967 masterpiece Forever Changes in its entirety.
For if ever there is an album that deserves to be in any self-respecting music collection then it is Forever Changes, an album for which the term classic could have been coined with every track being a standout.
Forever Changes remains rightfully recognised as one of the most definitive rock albums of all time, a tour de force of a record.
But the music elsewhere on the Love -Love Songs collection reaffirms that there was much more to Arthur Lee’s band than merely their Forever Changes album.
Many great tracks are included from the band’s other three 60s album releases – their 1966 self-titled debut, second album Da Capo and 1969’s Four Sail. There was a final album from the band released in 1970 entitled False Start, which was a fairly lightweight affair but there was one standout track, The Everlasting First, a collaboration with Jimi Hendrix which is also included on this new compilation.
Love first emerged around 1965 and very quickly gained a big following as the darlings of Sunset Strip with their strong, funky, visual style augmented by an intoxicating musical stew that incorporated rock, rhythm and blues, psychedelia and country.
They soon became the first rock band signed to Jac Holman’s folk label Elektra.
The ‘Love- Love Songs’ anthology perfectly captures the story and musical progression of Arthur Lee’s uniquely brilliant band and just one listen will make you realise, what’s not to Love?