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Line-Up:

Arthur Lee - Vox, R.Guitar, Harmonica

Bryan MacLean - Vox, R.Guitar

Johnny Echols - L.Guitar, Vox

Ken Forssi - Bass

Snoopy Pfisterer - Drums

Love
Album recorded 24, 25, 26, 27 Jan 1966

1966 Elektra Records Inc.

Engineered By:
Bruce Botnick

Produced By:
JAC HOLZMAN & MARK ABRAMSON

Recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders/Los Angeles

cover photos & design by
WILLIAM S. HARVEY

Love's self-titled debut album was released in mid 1966. It contained 12 original compositions plus the Bacharach/David song 'My Little Red Book' which became the groups first local & national hit in April '66. The other cover on the album was a song brought to the group by Bryan from his time as a roadie with the Byrds called 'Hey Joe', which would also be covered by the Leaves & some cat named Jimmy Hendrix. Knowing that the Leaves were going to try and rush their version of the song out before Love, Johnny Echols when asked by the Leaves for the words to the song, supplied an altered version, which ironically has now stuck with the general public because of the deluge of hit versions since the Leaves and Mr Hendrix. Love's is the best reading, even including the comparatively lame version the Byrds themselves finally delivered - after much prompting from David Crosby - on the 5th Dimension album in 1967.

There are plenty of reviews across the web and articles on the album and the new sleeve notes on the 2001 reissue offer some great insights to the days of the recording, however it's worth a note to say that there are substantial differences between the mono & stereo versions of the albums. Do go and grab a copy of the remastered 2001 Elektra reissue, as you will find that some of the mixes are up to 10 seconds longer on say the mono mix than the stereo mix etc.

An infectious summer album of uplifting buoyant songs. The first Love album contains some of the most simple songs Bryan & Arthur ever wrote but they stand alongside their best work, catching the sound & positive possibilities of an era, whilst also hinting at the cynicism which would eventually envelop the age.


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