Love’s ‘Reel to Real’ fast-fowarded

The more or less forgotten Love album "Reel to Real" makes its CD debut in late November, fortified with four "newly discovered" tracks by Arthur Lee. The 1974 album also will be "back on vinyl after more than 40 years" via a Feb. 19 rerelease on vinyl, according to the High Moon label. High Moon debuted the unreleased "Black Beauty" album by Lee several years ago. The "Real" album includes a dozen bonus tracks, 11 of them previously unreleased. Lee's classic lineup of Love -- the band behind the psychedelic music treasure "Forever Changes" -- was long gone. "Reel to Real" featured Lee working with his "Black Beauty" band and a posse of studio musicians, most notably the guitarist Harvey Mandel and the keyboardist Bobby Lyle. Like many albums of the day, it employed a trio … [Read more...]

Quad Doors, live Yes, EL&P spark Q2

Classic but freshly repolished goods from the Doors, Yes, the Yardbirds, EL&P and Miles Davis promise a strong second quarter in the psychedelic music world. The Doors' music remained in strong demand a few years after the death of singer Jim Morrison. Elektra looked to give the music new spark with a "Best Of" collection in quadraphonic. The four-channel format fizzled, and Doors marketers moved on to other repackaging jobs, but the quad collection was never forgotten by the early adopters of long ago. Ace audio revivalist Steve Hoffman delivers the goods June 2 with a hybrid SACD containing the original quad mix and his re-do of the two-channel stereo mix. Tracks include the usual suspects as well as "Who Do You Love," "Take It As It Comes" and "Moonlight Drive." "I think that … [Read more...]

A psychedelic Christmas gift guide

Bless those who feed our heads with the gift of music. From killer box sets ... to silver-shiny audiophile treasures ... to festive-colored vinyl -- music makes for some serious holiday cheer. Here are a few recent releases that can't miss with fans of 1960s psychedelic music: Love's "Forever Changes" on SACD: Mobile Fidelity continues to marry late-1960s goodness and audiophile excellence. Just out on hybrid SACD is "Forever Changes," considered by many the peak album of the psychedelic era. Mobile Fidelity last year rereleased the Arthur Lee band's second album, "Da Capo," on SACD, which like "Forever Changes" is "from the original master tapes." While "Forever Changes" has seen many careful reissues over the years, this appears to be the first as a (hybrid) SACD. (No extra tracks. … [Read more...]

Beatles, T. Rex, Dead, Doors open 2014

The new year brings new collections starring the Beatles, T. Rex, the Doors, the Small Faces and, of course, the good old Grateful Dead. And there's word of a long-awaited audiophile release of a psychedelic masterpiece. Apple continues to rework the Beatles catalog, this time with a rerelease of the U.S. albums on Capitol. These albums still have their Baby Boomer fans, of course, but collectors offer a collective shrug at "The U.S. Albums" box set, as the discs reportedly offer little more than a shuffling of the remastered music from 2009. So no love for the Capitol engineers who sought to "Americanize" the lads' sounds with washes of reverb and bullshit Duophonic stereo. For the most part, you'll get the latest official U.K. versions of the songs, fashioned into what were … [Read more...]

Q3 on record: Love, Hendrix, Blind Faith

Love, Jimi Hendrix, Blind Faith and Yes are among the psychedelic-era artists with albums ready for resurrection in the third quarter of 2013. The vinyl revivalists will continue to pack the shelves of your favorite indie record store with psychedelic classics. Other formats in this record roundup are hybrid SACDs, CDs and MP3s. Love's "Da Capo" makes its debut on hybrid SACD on July 30, via Mobile Fidelity. It's billed as direct from the original master tapes, as was Sundazed's vinyl release. "Da Capo" has many fans, despite its split personality: Side 1 is the run-up to the band's classic "Forever Changes," with six breathtaking psychedelic classics that incorporate rock, Latin rhythms, jazz and classical. Side 2, notoriously, is surrendered to a 19-minute jam, one that … [Read more...]

Love, Arthur Lee: set lists

Love, Arthur Lee songs played in concert, 1970-1978. View more psychedelic rock set lists. Fillmore West Nov. 23, 1970 Product of the Times Stand Out Keep on Shining Andmoreagain Singing Cowboy Good Times Bummer in the Summer Find Somebody Signed D.C. Slick Dick Always See Your Face (Two sets; repeated songs not listed) Whisky a Go Go, L.A. featuring Bryan MacLean Oct. 21, 1978 Alone Again Or Andmoreagain Old Man Keep on Shining 7 and 7 Is Signed D.C. Good Times Singing Cowboy Also reportedly played during the Whisky reunion: My Little Red Book Orange Skies Everybody's Got to Live Who Are You/Movin' On sources: "Love Live," "Forever Changes: Arthur Lee and the Book of Love" About set lists: While these concert reports are double- and triple-sourced … [Read more...]

Black Friday for Love, Dead, Beefheart

Exclusive vinyl from Love, the Grateful Dead and Captain Beefheart key the upcoming Black Friday edition of Record Store Day. The day after Thanksgiving, music fans again will pack independent record stores in search of exclusive and "first release" fare that savvy record labels provide for the event. Other '60s/psychedelic acts repped at the nationwide Black Friday event are Big Brother and the Holding Company, Frank Zappa, Gene Clark and Eric Burdon. The Black Friday '60s and psychedelic releases seem a bit light compared with the past two years, but look for lots of collectable goodness. (Read about more psychedelic music releases due before the holidays.) Here are the Black Friday titles with a psychedelic/'60s connection: Love's "Forever Changes" returns with a 45th … [Read more...]

Love, Dead in National Recording Registry

Love's psychedelic rock classic "Forever Changes" and an ace live performance by the Grateful Dead are among the new recordings selected for the National Recording Registry. Adding to the good vibes over at the Library of Congress are Prince's soundtrack for "Purple Rain" and George Clinton's album "Mothership Connection" (Parliament). They are among the 25 entries on the 2011 Registry list, an honor that guarantees preservation and a sort of immortality for the works. This latest Registry list was unveiled May 23, 2012. 1967's "Forever Changes," ignored by the public in its day but long since considered a rock masterpiece, was the final album recorded by the original L.A. band Love, fronted by Arthur Lee. The album produced no hit singles, although lead track "Alone Again Or" has … [Read more...]

No. 37: Love’s ‘Da Capo’

Seconds into the opening track, "Stephanie Knows Who," it's clear that "Da Capo" represented new directions for Love and for rock. A harpsichord dances with guitar in the lovely prelude. A deep-throated sax breaks in. In the break, all of the song's instruments collide and veer off in different directions. The resulting passage is more in tune with free jazz than psychedelic music -- although this is unmistakably a hard rock song. "Da Capo" was Arthur Lee and Love's second album, out of three made with the his core group of L.A. musicians. The album was followed and overshadowed by the rock masterpiece "Forever Changes," but the songs here are streaked with brilliance and innovation. Many musicians' minds were blown by its collage of sounds and crazyquilt of influences, the material … [Read more...]

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