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Love: The Great West Coast Enigma

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, April 1970

IN 1967, a record called Da Capo by a practically unheard-of Los Angeles group called Love appeared on the Elektra label. ...

Arthur Lee: 'I've been black all the time,' admits controversial star

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 17 May 1975

He also admits to a severe case of baldness. Otherwise it's still ARTHUR LEE, back in Britain with a new Love ...

Love: Forever Changes

Sleeve notes by Ben Edmonds, Elektra Traditions, 2001

June 1967. Peace and love wasn't all it was cracked up to be, and nowhere was this seen more clearly than under the smog-orange skies ...

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Love's Arthur Lee (1974)

Interview by Steven Rosen, Rock's Backpages audio, December 1974

Steven Rosen talks to Arthur Lee in 1974 on the influence of the Byrds on Love, and his development as an artist.

File format: MP3 File size: 1mb<br> Interview length: 1 minute 27 seconds Sound quality: ***

Love's Arthur Lee (1980)

Interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages audio, 1980

The Love legend talks about new Rhino compilation Best of Love; his forthcoming solo album Arthur Lee; ripped-off tapes released as bootlegs; his hopes of reuniting the original Love; the album he did with Jimi Hendrix and how he first met him.

File format: mp3; file size: 20.3mb, interview length: 21' 07" sound quality: *****

Arthur Lee in LA (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 24 June 1993

The sometime Love leader talks about growing up in Memphis and South-Central L.A. and recalls his dreams of being a musician. He also describes a gay near-miss with Jimi Hendrix, rants about hip-hop, and spouts a lot of New Age gibberish.

File format: mp3 File size: 91mb Interview length: 1h 34 minutes 45 seconds Sound quality: **

Love's Bryan MacLean (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 9 August 1996

RBP takes a drive around Los Angeles with Arthur Lee's second-in-command, hearing all about the madness, the drugs and the whole Sunset Scene vibe - and the making of the first two, classic, Love albums.

File format: mp3; file size: 96.5meg, interview length: 1hr 40' 34" sound quality: **

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Love: Is Love Lost?

Report and Interview by Rochelle Reed, KRLA Beat, 9 July 1966


Love: Love (Elektra)

Review by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, August 1966

What the World Needs Now ...

John Mayall, Love, Petula Clark et al Albums

Review by Nick Jones, uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 6 August 1966

Single minded blues men ...

The Group That Is Happening Is Called Love

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, GO, 19 August 1966

Success... with their own kind of music ...

Platter Chatter: Albums from Love, Righteous Brothers et al

Review by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, October 1966

LOVE has an interesting album. Love, by the way, is the name of the group.  ...

Love Love Love

Profile by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, December 1966

The Beatles are pretty,the Stones are true,Bob Dylan is witty —But LOVE is you. ...

Loraine Alterman on Records: The Fascinating Sounds Of a Group Called Love

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 29 January 1967

THE TREMENDOUSLY talented West Coast group called Love still hasn't made it into the bright spotlight of fame like the Beach Boys or the Lovin' ...

Los Angeles: The Vanishing Underground

Report by Richard Goldstein, The Village Voice, 16 February 1967

LOS ANGELES — Sunset Strip is dead. ...

New Albums From Aretha Franklin, Mose Allison, Love et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 25 February 1967

NEW US SOUNDS INCLUDE Soul (Joe Tex & Aretha), Cool (Andy Williams) Beat (Shangri-Las, Love) Jazz (Mose Allison)   ...

Love: Da Capo (Elektra)

Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, 25 March 1967


Love: Da Capo (ELK 4005)

Review by uncredited writer, International Times, 2 June 1967

LOVE IS one of the leading Californian, post Dylan/Stones groups, and their second L.P. is, to say the least, interesting. They are obviously trying to ...

Captain Beefheart — electric magic!

Report by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 6 January 1968

CAUTION: ELECTRICITY can be hazardous to health — but Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band are as Safe As Milk. And London is due for ...

Love: 'Alone Again Or' (Elektra)

Review by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, 20 January 1968

CERTAINLY THE best of the West Coast groups, I have always loved Love's ability to combine progress with strong melody and a certain indefinable something. ...

Albums from Love, Herb Alpert, the Equals et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 27 January 1968

From the U.S.A. there are West Coast goodies by Love and Herb Alpert. U.K. albums include first Herd, second Equals and an L.P. by Des ...

Love: Forever Changes (Elektra); Nilsson: 'One' (RCA); History of Rhythm and Blues (Atlantic, four volumes)

Review by Pete Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 25 February 1968

Love's Third Album Out on Elektra ...

Four Patterns of Love

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, The Guardian, 7 January 1969

Update, 2019. Forty years ago leading BBC tv Radio DJ Paul Gambaccini organised Critic's Choice: Top 200 Albums, in which 47 rock music writers including ...

Love: Rose Palace, Pasadena CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 1969

Love Group Plays at Pasadena Rose Palace ...

Arthur Lee interviewed

Interview by Lenny Kaye, Jazz & Pop, 1970

Where to start? There are five albums, four years, and a whole lot of people that have been in Love. Why don't we just start ...


Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, 28 February 1970

ARTHUR LEE, mastermind and founder member of American west coast group Love, seemed surprised when I suggested that the band had faded into oblivion after ...

Love: Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 28 February 1970

Love is the message from Love ...

Love: Out Here (Harvest)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 30 May 1970

AFTER SUCH a long gap in recording from this legendary West Coast band, among the first of the new wave American groups which emerged in ...

Love: False Start (Blue Thumb BTS8822)

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, 4 February 1971

SURPRISE! THIS is a fine album. Particularly so for this depressing year in rock, because if you've wished that for once you could hear a ...

Love Story

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 24 April 1971

Richard Williams talks to ex-Love drummer Snoopy Pfisterer ...

Love: False Start (Harvest SHVL 787)

Review by Nick Jones, Cream, May 1971

SHOULD YOU still need convincing that Love are a really fine band and always have been, we have here their penultimate album, oddly titled False ...

Arthur Lee: On Life and Love

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 5 August 1972

IT WAS easy to see that the sands of time had shaken this poor boy pretty hard. Twenty-seven-year-old Arthur Lee strolled into A&M's Hollywood offices ...

Elektra: The House That Jac Built

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, 23 September 1972

The story of Elektra, one of rock's most influential labels. As told to Loraine Alterman by founder JAC HOLZMAN ...

Prelude To Love

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, February 1973

WHILE CHATTING to Jerry Hopkins, Rolling Stone's man in London, at a press reception, I found that he was involved in the early career of ...

Jac Holzman Then and Now

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, May 1973

IF EVER I've identified with a record company, the nearest thing in my mind to an ideal would be Elektra Records, for many reasons, not ...

Arthur Lee: Forever Changes

Interview by John Tobler, Melody Maker, 29 December 1973

REMEMBER Arthur Lee and Love? Love was the first rock band to sign with Elektra Records, which they did in late 1965. In approximately their ...

Love: Signed Arthur Lee

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, ZigZag, July 1974

ARTHUR'S NOTHING like you'd expect him to be. No trace of the leather jacketed refugee from Blackboard Jungle high school punkery who lurks under that peculiar edifice ...

Love: Forever Changes

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

IN 1965 Jac Holzman, then head of Elektra and master of good taste, pulled a young man and his group out of an L.A. club, ...

Love Leftovers: 64 Questions With Arthur Lee

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, December 1974

Who was your first manager then, Herb Cohen? ...

Love: Reel to Real

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 7 December 1974

A LOT OF people are going to be highly disappointed with this album, Lee's first with the new but not improved Love. Not that he ...

Love: Reel to Real

Review by Ken Barnes, Rolling Stone, 30 January 1975

ARTHUR LEE and Love have an albatross around their necks: their nearly perfect 1968 album, Forever Changes, a never equaled distillation of smooth pop and ...

Arthur Lee: Yes Folks, Yet Another Arthur Lee Article

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, March 1975

Oh God, please, no!! I thought old Tobler had just about run out of material on Arthur Lee, but it seems he must have a ...

On The Horizon: Love Springs Eternal For Arthur Lee

Profile and Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, March 1975

ARTHUR LEE sits by the picture window of his mid-Manhattan hotel room, staring at the hotel across the bustling street below. "I just couldn't see," ...

Love With Arthur Lee: Reel To Real (RSO SO4804)

Review by Idris Walters, Let It Rock, April 1975

LOVE'S LAST British tour left a confusion of critical comment in its wake. It seemed to me he was better than ever. But then there ...

Love: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 24 May 1975

COVENT GARDEN HAD its second major rock venue re-opened last Thursday for a series of regular concerts by bands not big enough to warrant an ...

Love: A Good Day at Black Rock

Essay by Idris Walters, Let It Rock, August 1975

Starring: Arthur Lee; Script by: Idris Walters ...

Love: Through The Ages (Of Prophets, Seers and Sages)

Retrospective and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, April 1981


Arthur Lee: The Daily Planet Revisited

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 8 August 1981


Love: Forever Changes (Elektra)

Retrospective by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 1 July 1984

NO SOONER are the words out of my typewriter than the contradictions set in, like cement. The Doors and VU have been bastardised and overexposed, ...

Arthur Lee: Right Church, Wrong Pew

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, July 1992

"I FEEL REAL PHONEY when my name is Bell." This may not mean very much to the younger generation, but for those who struggled through ...

Love: Comes In Colours (Raven)

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1993

Long before psychedelic rock meant meandering guitar solos drifting peacefully towards nirvana or oblivion, there was Love. ...

Love's Arthur Lee Stumbles at the Coach House

Live Review by Bill Wasserzieher, The Jazz Review, May 1993

THERE IS A GROTESQUE fascination in observing someone go over the edge. How else to explain crowds gathering to watch suicidal leapers on building ledges ...

Arthur Lee & Love: Club Lingerie, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 25 November 1994

Hendrix Birthday Love-In Skips a Beat at Club Lingerie ...

Love Story: Alone Again, or Arthur Lee

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1997

HIGH UP in Laurel Canyon, with all of Los Angeles spread out around him, Arthur Lee would sit and stare and contemplate death – "sitting ...

Love: Forever Changes

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, March 2001

ONE OF the most persistent canards about the mid-'60 – propagated by baby boomer marketing and right-wing journalism – is that the hippies were hopelessly ...

Love: Forever Changes

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, April 2001

ONE OF THE many misleading ways in which writers born since the Sixties view that enigmatic decade stems from the modern habit of judging success ...

Love: Forever Changes(Elektra/Rhino)

Review by Richard Riegel, The Village Voice, 16 April 2001

LOVE'S THIRD ALBUM mystified both the band's ardent fans and the scene's founding rockwriters almost from the day it appeared in November 1967. ...

Arthur Lee: We Have Ways Of Making You Talk

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2001

ONCE DESCRIBED by fellow band-member Brian MacLean as 'the baddest guy on the West Side of LA, the Cassius Clay of the streets' – Arthur ...

Hard Times: Arthur Lee

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, The Guardian, 21 May 2002

Arthur Lee was once bigger than Hendrix or Jim Morrison. Back on the road after six years in jail, Love's frontman talks to Paul Lester. ...

Arthur Lee: Summer of Love

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 26 May 2002

He discovered the Doors, nurtured Jimi Hendrix and fronted legendary '60s band Love. Now, after six years in prison, Lee is back on the road ...

Invisible Jukebox: Arthur Lee

Interview by Mike Barnes, The Wire, August 2002

Every month we play a musician a series of records which they're asked to identify and comment on — with no prior knowledge of what ...

Arthur Lee: Winter of Love

Overview by Ted Kessler, New Statesman, 20 January 2003

MANY outrageous claims have been made on Arthur Lee's behalf — but most of them are true. ...

Arthur Lee: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, March 2003

AS ICONIC gestures go, Arthur Lee raising a tambourine above his head, arms angled like he's cradling an invisible water pitcher, is up there with ...

Love with Arthur Lee: House of Blues, Los Angeles

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, 19 August 2003

SOMETHING STARDUST and sunshine had characterized those days of flowers and civil unrest in the western canyons of America's other neverland of dreams, Los Angeles. ...

Caught in the Act: Love Reprises Forever Changes

Live Review by Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat, September 2003

Love: Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles ...

Love: The Forever Changes Concert

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2003

FOREVER CHANGES is one of those "classic" albums that should have dated but miraculously hasn't. Heavy-handedly paranoid, the product of a strange rock/soul miscegenation, quaintly ...

Arthur Lee: Endless Love

Report and Interview by Andria Lisle, MOJO, May 2006

He missed a European tour last summer and it seemed the end had come. Now, Arthur Lee convenes a new band in Memphis. ...

The Everlasting Forever Of Arthur Lee

Retrospective by Tim Page, The Washington Post, 5 August 2006

ARTHUR LEE and his off-again-on-again rock group Love made only one great album – a brooding, opulent and improbable dream called Forever Changes, released in ...

Arthur Lee 1945-2006

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 7 August 2006

Flower-power myth maker who captured the dark side of the summer of love ...

Arthur Lee: Love Story

Report and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 17 August 2006

Psychedelic-rock legend ARTHUR LEE began and ended his life in Memphis. In between was quite a journey. ...

Arthur Lee: Love Hurts

Retrospective and Interview by Andria Lisle, MOJO, October 2006

Egomaniac, original, troubled genius: Arthur Lee — who died last month — was all of these and more, his band, the legendary Love, kicked viscerally ...

Love's Forever Changes Revisited

Retrospective by Martin Aston, MOJO, August 2007

"LOVE WAS THE breakthrough band of the '60s," began journalist Phil Gallo's liner notes to the 1995 box set Love Story 1966-72. ...

Love: The Blue Thumb Recordings

Review by Mick Houghton, Uncut, September 2007

Love's Post-Elektra Albums Plus Intriguing Rediscovered Live Recordings. ...

Love: Orange Skies Over the Castle

Retrospective by Kirk Silsbee, New Angeles Monthly, October 2008

"Love – featured tonight in the Diamond Mine! On display in the psychedelic department store!" –Dave Diamond, KBLA, June 16, 1967 ...

Various Artists: Where The Action Is! – Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 (Rhino)

Review by Jeff Tamarkin, MOJO, October 2009

The latest in the Nuggets franchise documents the most fertile few years in southern Californian music history, taking in curios, weirdos, hipsters, freaks and a ...

see also Arthur Lee

see also Bryan MacLean


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