Stockport Times West - - SOUNDS WRITE -

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?

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