This is an album that was pretty much ignored in November of 1967 when released on the Elektra label. This is the third and final album of a Los Angeles based group called “Love”, though this really is mostly the work of Arthur Lee, singer/songwriter/guitarist, with a couple of songs contributed by Bryan MacLean, another member of the group, the rhythm guitarist, who provides leads vocals on compositions.
From the start, with it’s acoustic opening, there is an intimacy to the album with its well-crafted and fresh-sounding arrangements. There are elements of the west-coast rock sound of 1967, folk-rock, and interestingly, English rock: it shares some characteristics found in the 1967 Moody Blue’s “Days of Future Passed”, Genesis’ 1969 album “Genesis to Revelation” as well as sharing some stylistic traits with The Who and The Kinks. That said, this is an original, very much non-derivative album that holds up well under repeated playings.
Hailed by some as one of the great masterpieces of 1967, this is an album that anyone that loves late sixties rock or loves what is often called “proto-prog” should check out, even if it doesn’t end up being one of your top 10 or even top 40 albums of 1967.
Track listing[from Wikipedia]
|1.||“Alone Again Or“||3:15|
|2.||“A House Is Not a Motel”||3:25|
|4.||“The Daily Planet”||3:25|
|6.||“The Red Telephone”||4:45|
|1.||“Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale”||3:30|
|2.||“Live and Let Live”||5:24|
|3.||“The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This”||3:00|
|4.||“Bummer in the Summer”||2:20|
|5.||“You Set the Scene”||6:49|
- Arthur Lee: lead vocals, guitar
- Bryan MacLean: rhythm guitar, background vocals (lead vocals on “Old Man” and co-lead vocals on “Alone Again Or”)
- Johnny Echols: lead guitar
- Ken Forssi: bass guitar
- Michael Stuart: drums, percussion
- David Angel: arranger, orchestrations
- Strings: Robert Barene, Arnold Belnick, James Getzoff, Marshall Sosson, Darrel Terwilliger (violins); Norman Botnick (viola); Jesse Ehrlich (cello); Chuck Berghofer(string bass)
- Horns: Bud Brisbois, Roy Caton, Ollie Mitchell (trumpets); Richard Leith (trombone)