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Dave Hassinger & Bruce Botnick
Recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders/Los Angeles
front cover photo & design by
WILLIAM S. HARVEY
back cover photo:
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.
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.
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!