Love is one of those bands that never fully received their due. With crisp songwriting from Guitarist Arthur Lee and Singer Bryan McLean they found modest success in the late 60s. However, the band’s influence is part and parcel of their story. Musicians as diverse as Jim Morrison, Jesus and Mary Chain, Robert Plant, Television and Primal Scream have cited Love as major influences on their sound.
“Alone Again Or” is the song that got me hooked on the band from their 1967 album Forever Changes. It is prime 60’s pop with a Latin waltz rhythm, rolling shuffle, and expert brass production sprinkled throughout. And… it’s so damn catchy it flows like a colorful avalanche of glass gently barreling down a mountainside; both beautiful and unsettling at the same time. The song has been covered by metal stalwarts UFO, indie darlings Calexico, and punk royalty The Damned which brought the song back into consciousness in the 80’s, and gave it some street cred.
Several incarnations of the band have resurfaced since the Mid-2000’s. Unfortunately, Bryan McLean passed in 1998, and Arthur Lee in 2006, but the band persists with original members Johnny Echols and Michael Stuart-Ware and “Alone Again Or” as a high watermark of their career.
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