Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Love Gems!!

Jim said...

Interesting to hear this. Had the LP for years, but the mix on the digital version sounds so very different-maybe my copy on LP was mono? With both LPs (the first two, I mean), the punk-style songs sounded louder and more raw on vinyl, in a very good way. The quieter songs might have more intimate definition in the digital version. PLease note that this is not a spam-type promo, but I recently did a review of a CD by Kent Koller where I compared one of his songs to a Forever Changes-era Love style. Ironically, he'd never heard the group before, so I introduced him to the recordings. We can be happy that Love will inspire another generation.