Thursday, April 30, 2009

Love - False Start (1970)

The second and final Love album for Blue Thumb Records saw bandleader Arthur Lee heavily influenced by his friend, Jimi Hendrix, even going so far as to coax Hendrix into appearing on the opening track of the album, "The Everlasting First", supposedly one of several tracks that Hendrix recorded with Love. No further tracks have surfaced, however, possibly due to copyright restrictions or because the tapes have been lost.
Replacing Jay Donnellan with Gary Rowles and adding second rhythm guitarist Nooney Rickett after the session with Hendrix brought no great change to the sound of the group. There are shades of blues, funk, country and soul all based in rock and roll.
Success would continue to elude the group who disbanded shortly thereafter. Arthur Lee would issue his debut album, Vindicator, for A&M Records in 1972.
False Start was issued as part of the May 2007 Hip-O Select release The Blue Thumb Recordings.

The Everlasting First – 3:01
Flying – 2:37
Gimi a Little Break – 4:10
Stand Out – 3:35
Keep on Shining – 3:50
Anytime – 3:23
Slick Dick – 3:05
Love is Coming – 1:24
Feel Daddy Feel Good – 3:15
Ride That Vibration – 3:34

Love - Forever Changes

To πέρυσι τέτοιο καιρό κυκλοφόρησε από την Rhino Records μία έκδοση με bonus tracks για τα 40 χρόνια από την κυκλοφορία του Lp .

Forever Changes is the third album released by the Los Angeles-based band Love. The album was released by Elektra Records in November 1967. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Forever Changes 40th in its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Dropping keyboardist Alban Pfisterer and flautist/saxophonist Tjay Cantrelli, the remaining five-piece performed on nine of the album's eleven tracks. The album was the first to be produced by Arthur Lee, with assistance from Bruce Botnick.
Originally, the album was to be produced by Botnick and Neil Young, but Young bowed out due to his commitments to Buffalo Springfield. However, according to the liner notes of the 1995 compilation Love Story, Young did stick with the album project long enough to arrange the track "The Daily Planet".
The sessions began in June 1967, with the group (except for Lee and Maclean) replaced by well-known Los Angeles session musicians Billy Strange (guitar), Don Randi (piano), Hal Blaine (drums) and, in most likelihood, Carol Kaye (bass). This studio line-up was put in place due to the regular line-up's alleged inability to function. The two tracks recorded during these sessions, "Andmoreagain" and "The Daily Planet", were later given sparing overdubs by the actual members of Love, who felt the tracks otherwise sufficed.
Botnick recalls that the use of session musicians "sparked" the band, and they "realized they had blown it, got their act together and recorded the rest of the album". After much rehearsal, the group resumed work in August and continued through September, quickly laying down the remaining nine tracks, with a total estimated cost at $2,257. Rooted in acoustics, the album's lyrics were a perfect summation of the year 1967, at times joyous, at times contemplative, at times downright devastating.
"When I did that album," commented Arthur Lee, "I thought I was going to die at that particular time, so those were my last words." This is borne out by perhaps the most famous lines from the album, on the song "The Red Telephone":
"Sitting on a hillside
Watching all the people die
I'll feel much better on the other side."
Musically, the album is very ambitious. Having extended itself on the lengthy jam "Revelation" from Da Capo, Love here composes a more focused mini-suite, the album-ending "You Set the Scene", which anticipated the extended rock operas that would dominate rock and roll in the following years.[1]
A September recording session finished the album, sweetening the final mixes with horns and strings (arranged by David Angel with each song's respective songwriter), as well as some additional piano from Randi, who played all the keyboard parts on the album as the band now had no keyboard player.
The album was released in November with cover art by Bob Pepper and sold poorly, rising only to #154 on the Billboard charts. It did however reach the Top 30 in Britain. Only well after the group's break-up would the album be recognized as a masterpiece by the rock journalism press.
Forever Changes was included in its entirety on the 2-CD retrospective Love compilation Love Story 1966-1972, released by Rhino Records in 1995. The album was re-released in an expanded single-CD version by Rhino in 2001, featuring alternate mixes, outtakes and the group's 1968 single, "Your Mind and We Belong Together"/"Laughing Stock", the last tracks featuring Johnny Echols, Ken Forssi, Michael Stuart and, in most likelihood, Bryan MacLean. As for Arthur Lee, he would reform the group in late 1968 with all-new members and carry on the Love name for a few more years.

Disc 1
"Alone Again Or" (Maclean, – 3:16)
"A House is Not a Motel" (Lee, – 3:31)
"Andmoreagain" (Lee/Maclean, – 3:18)
"The Daily Planet" (Lee, – 3:30)
"Old Man" (Maclean, – 3:02)
"The Red Telephone" (Lee, – 4:46)
"Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale" (Lee, – 3:34)
"Live and Let Live" (Lee, – 5:26)
"The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This" (Lee, – 3:08)
"Bummer in the Summer" (Lee, – 2:24)
"You Set the Scene" (Lee, – 6:56)

Disc 2
"Alone Again Or [Alternate Mix]" (Maclean, – 3:15)
"A House is Not a Motel [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 3:35)
"Andmoreagain" (Lee/Maclean, – 3:25)
"The Daily Planet [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 3:25)
"Old Man [Alternate Mix]" (Maclean, – 3:08)
"The Red Telephone [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 5:23)
"Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 3:40)
"Live and Let Live [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 5:37)
"The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 3:11)
"Bummer in the Summer [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 2:31)
"You Set the Scene [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 7:03)
"Wonder People (I Do Wonder)" (Lee, – 3:27)
"Hummingbirds [Demo]" (Lee, – 2:43)
"A House is Not a Motel [Backing Track]" (Lee, – 3:31)
"Andmoreagain [Electric Backing Track]" (Lee/Maclean, – 3:08)
"The Red Telephone [Tracking Session Highlights]" (Lee, – 2:07)
"Wooly Bully" (W. Thomas/L. Smith, – 1:27)
"Alone Again Or [Mono Single Remix]" (MacLean, – 2:54)
"Your Mind And We Belong Together [Tracking Session Highlights]" (Lee, – 8:16)
"Your Mind And We Belong Together" (Lee, – 4:27)
"Laughing Stock" (Lee, – 2:31)

Love - Four Sail (1969)

By mid-1968, Arthur Lee was the only remaining member of the classic lineup of Love. But simply because Johnny Echols, Bryan Maclean, Ken Forssi and Michael Stuart had all departed the group did not mean that the group's obligations to Elektra Records were gone with the Forever Changes lineup. Therefore, Arthur Lee set about forming an entirely new group of musicians to back him. Looking to old friends and previous bandmates such as Frank Fayad (bass) and George Suranovich (drums), and newer acquaintances like Jay Donnellan (lead guitar) and Drachen Theaker (drums) to fill out the sound.
With the group in place, three LPs worth of material were recorded in a makeshift studio in a Los Angeles warehouse, with Elektra Records given the rights to one and the other two destined to end up as the Blue Thumb LP Out Here. Four Sail was the result of Elektra's preferred tracks, ending up the fourth and final Elektra album by as many different line-ups of Love.

"August" – 5:00
"Your Friend and Mine - Neil's Song" – 3:40
"I'm With You" – 2:45
"Good Times" – 3:30
"Singing Cowboy" (Lee, Jay Donnellan) - 4:30
"Dream" – 2:49
"Robert Montgomery" – 3:34
"Nothing" – 4:44
"Talking in My Sleep" – 2:50
"Always See Your Face" – 3:30

Love - Out Here (1969)

Κάποιοι ίσως παραξενευτούν που βλέπουν αυτό το εξώφυλλο, καθώς του δίσκου ήταν όντως άλλο. Βάζω όμως αυτό που κυκλοφόρησε στο cd το 1990 και που έχω.

With the classic line-up of Love a memory, the group metamorphosized into a more experimental and free-flowing group, bearing little resemblance to its past except for the presence of leader Arthur Lee. Recording three LPs worth of material with his new group, Lee gave one to Elektra Records in order to fulfill the contract that had been in place for nearly four years. Four Sail, the result of Elektra's cherry-picking, was released in August 1969.
Arranging the two remaining LPs into a double album, Lee signed a new contract with EMI-distributed Blue Thumb Records and oversaw the release of the seventeen-track Out Here in December 1969, a mere matter of months after Elektra released Four Sail. Featuring Lee and company tackling funk, rock, ska and soul with ease, it proved that while Love may have been past their apex, that they were still capable of producing entertaining and thought-provoking songs.
The Out Here title came from the name of the cover painting, created by Burt Shonberg in 1969. It is considered by some to be one of Shonberg's best works.[1]
In May 2007, the album was released as the first disc of The Blue Thumb Recordings by Universal's Hip-O Select division. Its only appearance on compact disc before this was a 1990 reissue distributed through MCA. (The British label Ace put together an official compilation called Out There, featuring most of the songs from Out Here but filled the rest of the disc with songs not associated with the album.)

I'll Pray for You – 3:50
Abalony – 1:50
Signed D.C. – 5:15
Listen to My Song – 2:28
I'm Down – 4:48
Stand Out – 3:00
Discharged – 1:30
Doggone – 12:00
I Still Wonder (Jay Donnellan) – 3:05
Love Is More Than Words Or Better Late Than Never – 11:20
Nice to Be – 1:50
Car Lights On in the Daytime Blues – 1:10
Run to the Top – 3:00
Willow Willow – 3:22
Instra-Mental – 3:00
You Are Something – 2:05
Gather 'Round – 5:50

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Ξεκινάμε. Τι ξεκινάμε θα πείτε ε? Τι άλλο από την παρουσίασης αυτής της μουσικής πανδαισίας που μας πρόσφερε απλόχερα αυτή η τεράστια κατά την άποψή μου μπάντα.
Δεν ξέρω πως και πότε ήρθατε σε επαφή με τους Love αλλά εγώ από ότι θυμάμαι ως μαθητής στο σχολείο, έπεσε στα χέρια μου ένα δίσκος των U.F.O. Μην απορείτε διότι τότε ακούγαμε τα πάντα. Εκεί λοιπόν ακούγοντας την διασκευή του Alone Again πρόσεξα ότι κάτι δεν πήγαινε καλά αφού επρόκειτο για άλλα ονόματα από αυτά του γκρουπ ως συνθέτες. Προφανώς από όλο το δίσκο αυτό ξεχώρισα και βέβαια άρχισα να ψάχνω να ακούσω αυτό το κομμάτι στην πρώτη του εκτέλεση από κάποιους Love. Ως εκ θαύματος ο δίσκος (για το Forever Changes βέβαια ο λόγος) κυκλοφορούσε παντού και βέβαια αγοράστηκε. Η συνέχεια είναι γνωστή από την άποψη ότι όποιος ήρθε σε επαφή με τους Love, του μετέδωσαν αυτό που αναφέρει το όνομα του γκρουπ για το συγκρότημα…δηλαδή Love.
Έτυχε και έπεσα στην περίοδο των ανατυπώσεων με αποτέλεσμα να πετύχω όλα τα βινύλια που κυκλοφόρησαν τότε. Τα άκουγα μέρα νύχτα και δεν χόρταινα με τίποτα. Τα «έλιωσα» προσπαθώντας να καταλάβω στίχους, να ακούσω κάθε σημείο των τραγουδιών τους χιλιάδες φορές.
Από τότε η μουσική τους με συντροφεύει παντού και πάντα. Πέρασαν δηλαδή από τότε σχεδόν 28 χρόνια. Δεν θυμάμαι κασέτα, cd ή ότι άλλο φαντάζεστε που να μην υπάρχει κομμάτι τους και μην μου πείτε άδικα.
Είναι ανθρωπίνως αδύνατον να ασχολείσαι με την μουσική και να μην σου αρέσουν οι Love.
Πληροφορίες για το γκρουπ πλέον στο νετ υπάρχουν άπειρες, συνεπώς δεν έχει νόημα να αναφέρω τίποτα (εκτός των όσων έχει το κλασικό βιβλίο), εξάλλου είναι τόσο μα τόσο γνωστοί. Θα θυμίσω μόνο ότι ο Arthur Lee λίγα χρόνια πριν πεθάνει κατέληξε στην φυλακή, σχεδόν σαν τρομοκράτης αφού βρέθηκαν στην κατοχή του όπλα. Η Αμερική ένοιωσε απειλή από τον Αρθουρό και τον φυλάκισε ή πήρε την εκδίκησή της?
Θα τελειώσω λέγοντας πως δεν ξέρω αν σωστά οι Love ανήκουν στα ψυχεδελικά συγκροτήματα καθώς η μουσική τους δεν εντάσσετε σε κάποιο μουσικό είδος εύκολα. Ναι συμφωνώ ευτυχώς έπαιξαν και ψυχεδέλεια, αλλά και όχι μόνο.
Είναι σχεδόν βέβαιο ότι οι παλαιότεροι θα έχετε τα άπαντα από Love, όμως υπάρχουν οι νεώτεροι που οφείλουμε να σεβόμαστε αλλά και που είμαστε υποχρεωμένοι να τους μαθαίνουμε πράγματα. Να γινόμαστε κοινωνοί της μουσικής που λατρεύουμε αλλά και που μας μεγάλωσε. Εμένα οι Love μουσικά με μεγάλωσαν, με συντρόφευσαν παντού και πάντα φέρνοντας στο νου μου θύμισες του παρελθόντος. Ένα ταπεινό ευχαριστώ, σε αυτή την τεράστια μπάντα.

ARTHUR LEE vcls, gtr A B C D E F G

1(B) LOVE (Elektra EKS 74001) 1966 57
2(C) DA CAPO (Elektra EKS 74005) 1967 80
3(D) FOREVER CHANGES (Elektra EKS 74013) 1967 154
4(E) FOUR SAIL (Elektra EKS 74049) 1969 102
5(F) OUT HERE (dbl) (Blue Thumb BTS 9000) 1969 176
6(-) REVISITED (Elektra 74058) 1970 142
7(G) FALSE START (Blue Thumb BTS 8822) 1970 184
8(-) REEL TO REEL (RSO SO 4804) 1975 -
9(-) BEST OF ... (Rhino RNLP 800) 1980
10(-) LOVE LIVE (pic disc) (Rhino RNDF 251) 1981
11(-) STUDIO/LIVE (MCA 27025) 1982
12(-) GOLDEN ARCHIVE (BEST OF) (Rhino RNLP 70175) 1986
NB: (2) and (3) issued in France in 1968 (Vogue/Elektra CLVLXEK 249 and CLVLXEK 218 respectively). (3) reissued on CD (Elektra/Rhino 8122-73537-2) 2001. The Blue Thumb recordings were released on Harvest in the UK. (10) was also released on Line (625047/5153) in Germany. Two UK-only releases were Love Masters (Elektra K 32002) 1973 and Out There (Chiswick WIKA 69) 1988. Most of their albums are now available on CD. (1) was reissued on Edsel (ED 218). Arthur Lee also had a couple of solo LP's:- Vindicator (A & M SP 4356) 1972 and Arthur Lee (Rhino RNLP 020) 1981 released on (Beggars Banquet BEGA 26) in the UK, which aren't particularly relevant to this book. Recent CD issues are: Love Comes In Colours (Raven) 1993, a 24-track CD compilation with three non-LP tracks and Love Story: 1966-1972 (Rhino R2 73500) 1995, a 2-CD set with 44 tracks and many non-album sides. It includes most of their early work, all of Forever Changes, a selection of their 'A' and 'B' sides and some of their best post-1967 material. Also of interest is Oncemoreagain a live CD recorded in London in 1992 and 1994 and Eva's Black Beauty & Rarities CD, which compiles Arthur's pre-Love recordings, together with the "Black Beauty" LP and a couple of more recent unreleased cuts.

1 My Little Red Book/Message To Pretty/Hey Joe/Emotions (Vogue INT 18072) 1967
2 7 And 7 Is/No. Fourteen/And More/You'll Be Following (Vogue INT 18095) 1967
3 Feathered Fish/Gethsemene/It's The Marlin, Baby (PS) (LSD 1) 1995
NB: (1) and (2) French releases with picture sleeves.
1 My Little Red Book/Message To Pretty (Elektra EK 45603) 1966 52
2 7 And 7 Is/No. Fourteen (Elektra EK 45605) 1967 33
3 Stephanie Knows Who/Orange Skies (Elektra EK 45608) 1967 -
4 She Comes In Colours/Orange Skies (Elektra EK 45608) 1967 -
5 Que Vida!/Hey Joe (Elektra EK 45613) 1967 -
6 Alone Again Or/A House Is Not A Motel (Elektra EK 45629) 1968 99
7 Your Mind And We Belong Together/Laughing Stock (Elektra EK 45633) 1968 -
8 Alone Again Or/Good Times (Elektra EK 45700) 1970 -
9 Alone Again Or/My Little Red Book (Spun Gold Series) (Elektra EK 45056) 197? -
10 I'll Pray For You/Stand Out (Blue Thumb 106) 1970 -
11 Keep On Shining/The Everlasting First (Blue Thumb 7116) 1970 -
12 Time Is Like A River/ Time Is Like A River (promo only) (RSO SO 502) 1974 -
13 Time Is Like A River/With A Little Energy (RSO SO 502) 1974 -
14 You Said You Would/You Said You Would (promo only) (RSO SO 506) 1975 -
15 You Said You Would/Good Old Fashioned Dream (RSO SO 506) 1975 -
16 Girl On Fire/Midnight Sun (PS) (Distortions DR-1017) 1994 -
NB: (16) The 'A' side is a newly recorded track, the flip is from the much talked about Arthur Lee and Jimi Hendrix sessions from 1970. There's also a French picture sleeve 45: Stand Out / Listen To My Song (Blue Thumb 2C006-91524) 1970.

45s: Related:
1 The Ninth Wave/Rumble-Still-Skins (Capitol 4980) 1963
2 Luci Baines/Soul Food (Selma 2001) 1964
3 House Of The Rising Sun/House Of The Rising Sun (instr) (Blue Star 1000) 196?
4 It's The Marlin, Baby/House Of The Rising Sun (LSD 1001) 1964
5 Everybody's Gotta Live/Love Jumped Through My Window (A & M 1361) 1972
6 Sad Song/You Want Change For Your Re-run (promo only) (A & M 1381) 1972
NB: (1) An instrumental 45 by Arthur Lee and The Lags. Both were Arthur Lee compositions. (2) by American Four. (4) This is the interesting one. The 'A' side credits the vocals to Arthur Lee and John Echols and this acid folk adventure extols the virtues of 'The Marlin', an obscure sixties dance. This seems to have been a very early American Four release or possibly even earlier, released on a Texas label, sometime later when Love were famous. It can also be heard on Texas Psychedelia From The Sixties. The fIip side was credited to an outfit called The Hurricanes who also released it on another label. There is some speculation that they may also have been Love incognito. (5) and (6) Arthur Lee solo releases.

EP: Arthur Lee solo:
1 I Do Wonder/Just Us/Do You Want To Know A Secret?/Happy You (PS) (Da Capo CAP 1001) 1977 UK

Born in Memphis, Arthur Lee later moved to Los Angeles where he first saw The Byrds. The folk rock act represented a break with the usual rhythm and blues format previously played at the clubs, and had an enormous influence upon him. Lee had formed and disbanded a number of groups since moving to L.A., including The VIP's and Arthur Lee and the Lags. After hearing The Byrds he formed The Grassroots which included former Byrds roadie, Maclean; Forssi (earlier with The Sufaris) and Memphis-born Echols. They began to play around the L.A. clubs, but Lee discovered that another band had got first rights to their name and it was changed to Love.
Love made their debut at the Brave New World in Spring 1965 and by the early Summer of that year, Jac Holzman (head of Elektra records) discovered them playing at the Hollywood club, Bido Lito's. Elektra were looking for one of the new folk rock acts, and eventually signed them up. They quickly became a cult attraction and by 1966 had a residency at Bido Lito's.
Their debut album Love was impressive, containing the drug-orientated Signed D.C., Hey Joe and My Little Red Book. Signed D.C. was dedicated to Don Conka, who would have been in the band but for his drug problem (ironically with most people presuming him dead he did turn up in a late eighties reformation line-up). The list of bands who subsequently recorded Signed D.C. included December's Children, Rising Storm, Axis Brotherhood, Jeff Dahl Group, Fallen Angels, Sidewinders and Dead Moon. Another of its finer moments was Softly To Me, a fine track with haunting vocals and clashing guitars, released briefly as a single.
Before the release of their follow-up LP Da Capo, Lee bought in Michael Stuart (formally with L.A. band The Sons Of Adam) on drums and Tjay Cantrelli on horns. 'Snoopy' Pfisterer was transferred from drums to keyboards. This album contained their second hit single 7and 7 Is, The Castle and Stephanie Knows Who. Whilst Orange Skies would set the style for their following album, the whole of Side Two was taken up by the highly ambitious but only partially successful twenty-minutes long Revelation. 7 and 7 Is was perhaps their most influential track. It was later covered by Alice Cooper, Billy Bragg, Marshmallow Overcoat, Sidewinders, Fuzztones, Spiral Jetty, Barracudas and The Blues Inc. among others.
Pfisterer and Cantrelli had both departed before the band released the masterful Forever Changes as a five-piece. Both Bob Harris and Penny Valentine chose this as their favourite album of all time in Paul Gambaccini's book "Critics Choice: Top 200 Albums". Almost every track was a classic and Alone Again Or and Andmoreagain were further U.S. hit singles. Alone Again Or was later covered by The Damned and UFO. Many of the other songs flowed gently with muted guitar leads, soothing brass, sweeping strings and often nihilistic lyrics. Lee chose haunting surrealistic lyrics, often making play on words. The drug influence which helped inspire this album was also to be the group's undoing. They scarcely left their former horror movie set/house near Hollywood, and when they did record another album it was too awful to release.

Lee broke the band up and formed a new one comprising Frank Fayad (bs), George Suranovitch (drms), and Jay Donnellan (gtr) (all from Nooney Rickett), although additional musicians were used on recordings. Four Sail was their last album for Elektra and subsequent albums were comparatively disappointing. They managed a tour of England in 1970, but after the failure of False Start, Lee split the group again and worked on his solo album. Later, he would try unsuccessfully to form another version of Love. Somehow Arthur Lee got mixed up with Robert Stigwood and the result was Reel To Reel, a disco-influenced album with a female backing group, The Blackberries and a horn section on many tracks. Best avoided!
It is unlikely, however, that the mellow blend of their first three albums will ever be repeated and Love are best left alone to be remembered as one of the very best of the L.A. rock bands. Material from their early years is thoughtfully compiled on Rhino's Best of Love (RNLP 800), which was repackaged in 1987. Love Live (Rhino RNDF 251) (1982) and (Line LLP 5152 AP) 1983 is a recording of a reunion concert at the Whisky A Go Go in 1978. It includes gorgeous versions of Orange Skies and Old Man but the rest is pretty inept.
Several former Love members went on to play with other groups: Tjay Cantrelli joined Geronimo Black, Jay Donnellan (aka Jay Lewis) formed Morning with Jim Hobson, Gary Rowles formed Cottonwood and joined Richard Torrance's Eureka.
Live/Studio (MCA 27025) 1982 consisted of previously unreleased material live from the Fillmore East in 1970 and eight remastered tracks from the Out Here album. The live side is an energetic performance by line-up G and notable for its inclusion of the otherwise unavailable Product Of The Times. Out There (Big Beat WIKA 69) 1988 includes the best of Love's Out Here and False Start albums.
In 1987 Lee reformed the band as a four piece, backed by Berton Averre (ex-The Knack) (lead gtr), Sherwood Akuna (bs) and Joe Blocker (drms), as part of the 'Psychedelic Summer of Love' package. Their short half hour sets featured mostly material from their Elektra period:- 7 And 7 Is, My Little Red Book and Andmoreagain.
In 1992 and 1994 Lee again played to packed audiences, in one-off London gigs, which were captured for posterity on the Oncemoreagain CD. In particular the 1992 set is memorable for the admirable backing by The High Llamas, who provided lush orchestral backing on tracks taken from the first three Love albums. Arthur Lee subsequently stole the show at Creation records 10th anniversary bash at the Royal Albert Hall.
George Suranovich died of a heart attack in 1990.
Bryan MacLean's profile has been revived of late with Sundazed's 1997 LP and CD collection Ifyoubelievein. This is highly recommended to those captivated by the wistful romantic side of Love - e.g. Orange Skies, Old Man and Alone Again Or. The follow-up collection Candy's Waltz (Sundazed SC 10076) 2000 is also of interest. Sadly, Bryan MacLean passed away on Christmas Day 1998 at the age of 52.
1994 saw the release of a tribute CD to Arthur Lee and Love We're All Normal And We Want Our Freedom (Alias A-058) from modern alternative, underground and indie outfits including Hypnolovewheel, H.P.Zinker, Teenage Fanclub and TV Personalities. One interesting Love cover of recent years is a dynamic nineties guitar-thrash version of Alone Again Or by the Boo Radleys, from a Peel session and featured on their Learning To Walk retrospective.
In 2001 Rhino co-ordinated the remastered reissue of Forever Changes which boasts seven bonus cuts: the unreleased Hummingbird and Wonder People, the Your Mind.../Laughing Stock 45, alternate versions of Alone Again Or and You Set The Scene, and a series of Your Mind... studio takes. There is absolutely no excuse for not having this classic LP now.
Also in 2001, drummer Michael Stuart published a book about his time in the band - for more details check out:
And finally, TV and Love trivia buffs: the instrumental section of The Castle was the theme tune of the BBC TV 'Holiday' programme in the early seventies, when it was presented by Cliff Michelmore.
(Vernon Joynson / Max Waller / Joe Foster / Stephane Rebeschini)

Love – Da Capo (1967)

Da Capo is the second album by the Los Angeles-based rock group Love.
The bulk of Da Capo was recorded between September 27 and October 2, 1966. "Seven & Seven Is" was recorded on June 20, and had been released as a single in July of 1966 backed with "No. Fourteen", an outtake from their debut album. After the recording of "Seven and Seven Is", Love's line-up expanded to include Michael Stuart on drums and Tjay Cantrelli on saxophone and flute, moving previous drummer Alban "Snoopy" Pfisterer, a classically-trained pianist, to harpsichord and organ. Guitarists Johnny Echols and Bryan MacLean, bassist Ken Forssi and vocalist and leader Arthur Lee retained their respective positions.
The album's first half is a departure from the group's debut, and in some ways anticipates the group's third album, Forever Changes, with its detailed, delicate arrangements. Abrasive, proto-punk rockers like "Seven and Seven Is" and the harpsichord-driven "Stephanie Knows Who" are balanced by lighter fare such as McLean's florid "Orange Skies", and playful, barely-classifiable pop tunes like "¡Que Vida!".
The album's second half is a single track, notable for being among the very first rock songs to take up an entire LP side (Bob Dylan's "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" from Blonde on Blonde predated it by a few months, and Frank Zappa's "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet" suite, on the Freak Out! album, followed Dylan's). The 19-minute jam, entitled "Revelation" began life as a live showcase for the group. Some sources claim it evolved out of their interpretation of Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning", yet its original title was "John Lee Hooker." The song/jam bears a resemblance to the Rolling Stones' "Goin' Home," recorded at the same studio (RCA) and released earlier in the year, on Aftermath. Arthur Lee is quoted on the back cover of Rhino's 1980 LP compilation "Best of Love":
The song "Revelation" was a long jam we did so the musicians could express themselves. The Rolling Stones saw us play at the Brave New World, and they recorded a long song on their next album. After our album came out, I got the blame for copying them!
The album's critical reputation has suffered as a result of the inclusion of this track, and many blame producer Paul Rothchild for failing to capture the group's live energy and truncating their performance. It is interesting to note, though, that in a contemporary review of the album, critic Robert Christgau praised "Revelation" faintly for its "excellent guitar and harmonica work and great screaming by a lead singer (I don't know his name; the new style in record jackets is to reveal nothing)". [1]
Another song from Da Capo's first side, "She Comes In Colors", was also said by Keith Richards to be the inspiration for the Stones' "She's a Rainbow"[citation needed], as well as -- over thirty years later -- Madonna's 1999 single "Beautiful Stranger."
Though "Seven and Seven Is" had been a minor hit for the group, the album, like its predecessor, was a comparative flop peaking at #80.

"Stephanie Knows Who" – 2:33
"Orange Skies" (Bryan MacLean) – 2:49
"¡Que Vida!" – 3:37
"Seven & Seven Is" – 2:15
"The Castle" – 3:00
"She Comes in Colors" – 2:43
"Revelation" (Lee, Bryan MacLean, Johnny Echols, Ken Forssi) – 18:57

Love – Love (1966)

Love is the eponymous debut by the Los Angeles-based band Love. Twelve of the album's fourteen tracks were recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood on January 24-27, 1966. The remaining two tracks ("A Message To Pretty" and "My Flash On You") come from another, undocumented session.
One of the first rock albums issued on then-folk giant Elektra Records, the album was anchored by the group's radical reworking of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David song "My Little Red Book" which had guitar riffs that gave Syd Barrett some inspiration to write the Pink Floyd song "Interstellar Overdrive" which is on Pink Floyd's album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, the anti-drug anthem "Signed D.C." (allegedly a reference to one-time Love drummer Don Conka), and the poignant "A Message to Pretty". The stark instrumental "Emotions" is used uncredited in Haskell Wexler's 1969 film Medium Cool as a recurring theme.
"My Little Red Book" was featured over the final credits of the movie High Fidelity in 2000.

"My Little Red Book" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
"Can't Explain" (Lee, John Echols, John Fleckenstein)
"A Message to Pretty"
"My Flash on You"
"Softly to Me" (Bryan Maclean)
"No Matter What You Do"
"Emotions" (Lee, John Echols)
"You I'll Be Following"
"Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts)
"Signed D. C."
"Coloured Balls Falling"
"Mushroom Clouds" (Lee, John Echols, Ken Forssi, Bryan Maclean)
"And More" (Lee, Bryan Maclean)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ROCK CAFE EN PLO...Chios Island

Με μεγάλη χαρά απόψε το βράδυ, στο μόνο ροκ στέκι του νησιού θα παίξω όσο πιο δυνατά γίνεται, τη μουσική που αγαπάμε. Ευχαριστώ τα παιδιά του Rock Cafe En Plo που με δέχτηκαν.
Τυχών φίλοι που βρίσκονται στο νησί, ας περάσουν…κερνάω τα ποτά ένεκα και της ονομαστικής εορτής. Να ζήσουνε οι απανταχού Γιώργηδες που είναι και μάλαμα....

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Veil - Something's Wrong

Μήπως αυτό το ΔΙΑΜΑΝΤΙ σας ξέφυγε? Δυστυχώς πληροφορίες δεν υπάρχουν ούτε για δείγμα.

1 How's Your Mother ... /Something's Wrong? (Track VIII X-1002) 1969

Fuzz, Flaykes And Shakes Vol. 4 (LP & CD) features Something's Wrong by this obscure Califonian Bay Area band whom the compilers tracked down to Alameda. The 45 was co-produced by Norm Lombardo of San Diego's Brain Police who had relocated to that region in 1969. The composer and co-producer was Amadeo Barrios. It's a light, bouncey keyboard-led ditty, more pop than garage.
(Max Waller)

The Briks – Singles

Μάζεψα ότι μπόρεσα να βρω για αυτό το γκρουπ σε κομμάτια δεξιά και αριστερά έτσι ώστε όποιος επιθυμεί να τα έχει στην συλλογή του. Εξαιρετικό αφιέρωμα υπάρχει για αυτούς στο αξεπέραστο garagehangover, αλλά και μία συνέντευξη του Richard Borgens στο 60sgaragebands. Οφείλουμε να τους ευχαριστήσουμε ιδιαίτερα εκτός των άλλων και για το Foolish Baby.


1 I'm Losing/It's Your Choice (Acetate) (Rhodes Recording No #) 1966
2 Can You See Me?/Foolish Baby (Bismarck 1013) 1966
3 Can You See Me?/Foolish Baby (Dot 16878) 1966
4 NSU/From A Small Room (Bismarck 1020) 1967

Originally known as The Embers when they formed at Texas Tech early in 1965. They relocated to Dallas in the Summer of that year and renamed themselves The Briks. Their first 45, which was preceded by an acetate, sold around 5,000 copies and was a hit locally. Foolish Baby was a pounding punk number, later compiled on Flashback, Vol. 5 (LP); Texas Flashbacks, Vol. 5 (LP) and Highs In The Mid Sixties, Vol. 13 (LP). The 45 was leased to Dot for nation-wide distribution but did not become the big hit the band hoped for. Their progress was further interrupted when Cotton, Martin and their manager Reggie Lange were drafted in the Summer of 1966 although Cotton later rejoined the band in January 1967 when his original replacement Paul Ray left to join The Cobras. Later in 1967 a live tape was made of the band at The Northwood Country Club and this can be heard on Side Two of Texas Punk, Vol. 8. They also recorded a second 45, a rather weak cover of The Cream song NSU which flopped. Having failed to achieve success they disintegrated during 1968, but Richard Bergens later turned up on The Truth 45 and Cecil Cotton later moved to San Francisco where he played in The Snakes with Steve Karnavas (ex-Chapparals).
The Briks have been extensively covered in Cicadelic's Texas Punk series. Apart from occupying one side of Texas Punk, Vol. 8, they have six tracks on Texas Punk, Vol. 7. In addition to Can You See Me?, Foolish Baby and N.S.U, there are three previously unreleased tracks: the cover version of The Animals' Baby, Let Me Take You Home as performed by the band on the Sump 'N' Else TV Show; and Over You, a folk-rock melody and Keep Down with Paul Ray on vocals. Texas Punk, Vol. 6 - Dallas, 1966 features It Won't Be Wrong and It's Your Choice - two previously unreleased tracks the last of which had been recorded along with I'm Losing early in 1966 prior to the first 45. All of the tracks included on the Cicadelic vinyl comp series, also appear on the Collectables CD box set Acid Visions - Complete Collection, Vol. 3 (3-CD).
01-The Briks - Over You
02-The Briks - Can You See Me
03-The Briks - Foolish Baby
04-The Briks - Baby, Let Me Take You Home
05-The Briks - Keep Down
06-The Briks - NSU
07-The Briks - Im Losing
08-The Briks - Its Your Choice (12-string version)
09-The Briks - Its Your Choice

Saturday, April 18, 2009




Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Giles Giles and Fripp - Cheerful Insanity (1968)

Ενδιαφέρουσα δημιουργία του Φριπ που μάλλον πέρασε στα ψιλά.

(IAN McDONALD woodwind, keyb'ds, vcls A)
(JUDY DYBLE vcls, keyb'ds A)

1(A) THE CHEERFUL INSANITY OF... (Deram DML/SML 1022) 1968 R1
NB: (1) reissued on (Deram SPA 423) 1970 (R1) and on CD (Deram 820 965-2) 1992 with bonus tracks.

1 One In A Million/Newly Weds (Deram DM 188) 1968
2 Thursday Morning/Elephant Song (Deram DM 210) 1968

Formed in Bournemouth in August 1967 after the Giles brothers had left Trendsetters Limited. In September of that year, they moved up to London but found gigs hard to come by. Eventually, they got a residency at a restaurant in Jermyn Street, backing an Italian singer but it only lasted a few days and they found themselves gigless again. In June 1968, Ian McDonald and former Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble were recruited to their ranks. The same month, they put out their debut 45 but the punters just didn't seem interested in them. Both their 45s were decidedly weird and may well appeal to fans of freakbeat or psychedelia. Dyble only hung around for a month before moving on to Trader Horne, although, with her departure in July, Pete Sinfield became their lyricist. Over 25 years on, this and their second effort have become minor collectables, as has their album, which sold only in very small quantities at the time. It was actually quite a good amalgam of sunshine pop compositions like North Meadow and more offbeat tracks which owed more to Syd Barrett. There were also two narrations, Fripp's The Saga Of Rodney Toady and Giles' Just George. Their break-up was by now inevitable but Fripp went on to much greater things with King Crimson and the Giles brothers were both briefly involved in the band too. Robert Fripp later married Toyah.
The recent CD reissue of their album also includes both sides of their two previous non-album 45s and two previously unissued tracks:- She Is Loaded and Under The Sky. The See For Miles compilation Psychedalia - Rare Blooms From The English Summer Of Love (CD) also includes Thursday Morning.

1. Saga of Rodney Toady: North Meadow
2. Saga of Rodney Toady: Newly-Weds
3. Saga of Rodney Toady: One in a Million
4. Saga of Rodney Toady: Call Tomorrow
5. Saga of Rodney Toady: Digging My Lawn
6. Saga of Rodney Toady: Little Children
7. Saga of Rodney Toady: The Crukster
8. Saga of Rodney Toady: Thursday Morning
9. Just George: How Do They Known
10. Just George: Elephant Song
11. Just George: The Sun Is Shinging
12. Just George: Suite No. 1
13. Just George: Erudite Eyes
14. She Is Loaded
15. Thursday Morning [Mono Single Version]
16. Under the Sky
17. One in a Million [Mono Single Version]
18. Newly-Weds [Mono Single Version]
19. Thursday Morning [Mono Single Version]

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers Vol. 1

Εννέα cd περιλαμβάνει αυτή η σειρά, με κύριο χαρακτηριστικό όπως προδίδει και ο τίτλος, την παρουσία του σιτάρ. Καλή ακρόαση.

Ray Brown & Moonstone - "Story of Ali" (3:50)
Linn County - "Moon Flood" (6:25)
J.K. & Co. - "Magical Fingers of Minerva" (2:42)
Omega Redstar - "Rettenettes" (4:45)
Basement Wall - "Teenybopper" (2:19)
Abacus - "Song for Brunhilde" (4:34)
Broselmachine - "La Rotta" (4:05)
Gualberto - "Luz De Invierno" (4:07)
Darius - "I Fell the Need to Carry On" (2:41)
Blonde on Blonde - "Spinning Wheel" (2:44)
Pretty Things - "Bracelets" (3:38)
Frederic - "Morning Sunshine" (2:27)
Flames - "Solitude" (5:43)
July - "The Way" (4:07)
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - "A Child's Guide to Good and Evil" (2:26)
Fraternity of Man - "Wispy Paisley Skies" (2:19)
Misty Wizards - "It's Love" (2:09)
Ramases - "Molecular Delusion" (3:59)
Cob - "Let It Be You" (3:47)
Lord Sitar - "I Am the Walrus" (3:45)
Vampire Sound Inc. - "Psycho Contact" (1:24)