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Line-Up:

Arthur Lee - Vox, R.Guitar, Harp

Bryan MacLean - Vox, R.Guitar

Johnny Echols - L.Guitar, Vox

Ken Forssi - Bass

Snoopy Pfisterer - Keyboards

Michael Stuart - Drums

Tjay Cantrelli - Flute & Sax

Da Capo
Album recorded 17 & 20 June, 27,28,29,30 Sept

İ1966 Elektra Records Inc.

* Click circle next to track title for lyrics/tab.

Engineered By:
Dave Hassinger & Bruce Botnick

Produced By:
PAUL ROTHCHILD

Production Supervisor:
JAC HOLZMAN

Recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders/Los Angeles

front cover photo & design by
WILLIAM S. HARVEY

back cover photo:
GUY WEBSTER

Love's second album Da Capo was released in early 1967. A marked growth musically from the debut album, it fused blues, jazz and folk rock way before the term 'jazz fusion' became widely (over)used.

With the addition of two extra musicians, the excellent Michael Stuart on drums - poached from the fellow L.A. band Sons Of Adam - and multi-instrumentalist Tjay Cantrelli, Love were able to stretch out and explore. Snoopy moved from drums to keyboards and showed significant ability in his new role after being much maligned as Love's drummer, a position he was only forced to take originally due to the unreliability of Don Conka - of Signed DC fame - the original Love drummer who was dropped just prior to the recording of the debut album.

Bryan's influence is unquestionably present on the sound of the album. Orange Skies, his only individual writing credit, shows his love of show tunes and sits directly alongside similar compositions by Arthur, the pair very much spurring each other on towards loftier work. A partnership that could've produced more than just one more great album had it not been plagued by ego, a lack of management and the age old musical enemy.

Da Capo is a great album. All of it. Yes, even the b-side. Revelation has become the Love affectionados punch bag. Mainly I think to say 'hey, the original band had low points too', to deflect away from the lack of sustained high quality beyond Forever Changes. (Ed thought: ifyoubelievein & Candy's Waltz, along with the unreleased full production album Intra Muros, show that Bryan at least was writing good songs and keeping them tucked away in the wilderness years, it would be good to believe Arthur had some songs hidden away too) Revelation runs for the whole of the original album b-side. I loved it the first time I heard it. I had just bought an oil lamp projector for my own band the same day and was setting it up listening to Da Capo and I've always enjoyed listening to musicians stretch out. Playing myself, you can really tell when guys are enjoying escaping the 3 minute song format, but it's rare - and I know a lot of you will say good! - that you get to hear a band do it, especially one of your favourites. The Stones did Can You Hear Me Knocking - yes, I know they did Going Home earlier - and the end jam on that is one of the best things they ever recorded. Just think if you had never got to hear Revelation. Would you still value the a-side to the same extreme or would the b-side songs have taken some of their thunder or if not as good, tarnished the album as a whole? We of course don't know, but we all love Da Capo as it is, floored or not, and I say most definitely not!

For those of you who do think it's too long, check out our Revelation In One Minute mix and let us know your thoughts!


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