ARTHUR LEE & LOVE – ” Coming Through To You: The Live Recordings (1970-2004) Record Store Dy Release 2018

Posted: April 19, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Arthur Lee and LoveArthur Lee was a famously mercurial bandleader. He turned down the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and the Ed Sullivan Show, believing his music should have top billing or none at all. His hardline go-it-alone policy ensured Love’s cult status for all time. But he was as chaotic as he was dogmatic: he once sacked a Love guitarist (Jay Donnellan) for suggesting the band should aim to arrive at gigs more promptly – or at least on the day they were scheduled to take place .

This set is a collection of rare live recordings, from a variety of venues, that originated between 1970 and 2004 . Produced by renowned archivist David Skye, with the blessing and participation of Diane Lee, Arthur Lee’s widow. This is the first time a large collection of Arthur Lee & Love career spanning live recordings are being made available to the public. Eight of the 14 songs on the first disc have been released before – either on Studio/Live (1982) or The Blue Thumb Recordings (2007) – but six from Copenhagen and the Fillmore West, while known to bootleggers, are previously unissued. None would score high on subtlety. Sensitive listeners may quail at a turbo-charged “Bummer In The Summer” (at Waltham Forest Technical College), but that’s got to be better, surely, than Lee’s off-key caterwauling on “Good Times” in Denmark a fortnight later.

We next encounter him at the BBC in 1992, promoting a comeback album (Arthur Lee & Love – Five String Serenade) with an acoustic session for Radio 1’s Richard Skinner. Feted by a new generation, Lee would see his fortunes improve. Disc Two follows him on the promo trail to Amsterdam (for a shaky “Alone Again Or” and a half-remembered “Hey Joe”) and to 1993 and 1996 gigs in Massachusetts and Odense. Close-up microphones intrude on every faltering guitar chord (“Signed D.C.”), but they also bear witness to Lee’s rediscovery of his golden voice. That majestic, heavenly warble! This, we sense, is a vision of the old Arthur. When a young flautist is brought onstage for “She Comes In Colors” – the 48-year-old Lee was happy to revisit Da Capo by 1993, much to the audience’s delight – her songbird trills seem to sing of a musical renaissance. “7 & 7 Is”, tackled at thrilling speed in Odense, is further evidence of a prodigal return. Within months, however, Lee was in a California prison, gaoled for illegally discharging a firearm.

This vinyl package contains a 16 page booklet and cover artwork was designed by illustrator William Stout, internationally renowned as one of the first rock n roll bootleg cover artists. Stout also designed legitimate album covers for The Who, The Beach Boys, The Ramones, and The Smithereens and the original Rocky Rhino mascot.

DISC ONE, SIDE ONE: 1. August, 2. My Little Red Book, 3. Love Is More Than Words or Better Late Than Ever, 4. Doggone, 5. Good Times DISC ONE, SIDE TWO: 1. La Caloca, 2. That’s the Way It Goes, 3. She Comes In Colors, 4. Signed DC, 5. Orange Skies DISC TWO, SIDE ONE: 1. 7 & & Is, 2. Your Mind And We Belong Together, 3. Alone Again Or, 4. Maybe the People Would Be The Times Between Clark and Hilldale, 5. The Red Telephone DISC TWO, SIDE TWO: 1. Andmoreagain, 2. The Daily Planet, 3. Old Man, 4. The Good Humor Man, He Sees Everything Like This, 5. Everybody’s Gotta Live – Instant Karma

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