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 Love’s third album 1968’s Forever Changes was such a masterpiece that it doomed everything its creator, Arthur Lee, tried in its wake. The original band broke up and Lee reformed Love for the follow-up album, 1969’s Four Sail. Twenty-seven tracks were recorded; ten were used. The remaining songs were issued three months later in December 1969 with the band’s new record label, Blue Thumb, as the double album Out Here. This sprawling set, while uneven, features several key Lee performances. The drug-related undercurrents of “I Still Wonder,” the growing cynicism of “Gather ‘Round” and the acoustic simplicity of “Listen to My Song” are every bit as essential as Lee’s earlier work.  The extended jams (“Love is More Than Words or Better Late than Never,” “Doggone”) are more indulgent and point towards jam band territory and the harder rock of False Start recorded in 1970 that was released on Valentine’s Day 1971. Start includes Lee’s collaboration with Jimi Hendrix (“The Everlasting First”) and a collection of shouters (“Slick Dick,” “Feel Daddy Feel Good”) that are uncharacteristically brusque  For this collection, live tapes of the band’s 1970 U.K. tour were found and feature songs from throughout the band’s career, including “Andmoreagain,” “Bummer in the Summer” and “Signed D.C.” that continue the hard rock approach with grinding rhythms and extended guitar solos. 

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feel the power of mr lee with an amazing backing band!!!

you have to admit that love were awsome as there intial line up but were the first few records show some unbelievable songs and concepts this second line up has the chops of something from another planet...heavy, tight and unstoppable like a two ton virgin in heat. long gone is brian mcclean et al so there is no him vs. lee in the song writing department but "out there" material hits many places (and does it with ease) so as to almost make up for the "departure". the drummer is pretty seminal in terms of his jazz/rock style and gives this band a groove that they never had before. the live material is worth the price of the itunes alone (which is half the price of the cd)-this is the earliest love recording live that i have heard. my only question is: when will itunes get "four sail"? that would complete this corner of the love section perfectly

Arthur gets his Otis on !!!

The August version of Love seems to get the complete shaft in some circles. The energy and prowess of this band is incredible. Earthy, jazzy, heavy Coltrane, Airplane... School House Rock XTC ETC... The live segment is a special treat.

The Blue Thumb Recordings - A Great Deal

Save yourself some money and buy this compilation if you're looking at buying Love's later albums OUT HERE and FALSE START. This compilation contains both albums and a set of live tracks. Arthur Lee and Jimi Hendrix collaborate on the song "Everlasting First." Follow me here for more picks of FUNK GUMBO.


Formed: 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s

One of the best West Coast folk-rock/psychedelic bands, Love may have also been the first widely acclaimed cult/underground group. During their brief heyday -- lasting all of three albums -- they drew from Byrds-ish folk-rock, Stones-ish hard rock, blues, jazz, flamenco, and even light orchestral pop to create a heady stew of their own. They were also one of the first integrated rock groups, led by genius singer/songwriter Arthur Lee, one of the most idiosyncratic and enigmatic talents of the '60s....
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