Love – Love (1966)

Artist Credit
Mark Abramson Producer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Bruce Botnick Digital Remastering, Engineer
Tom Brooks Producer
Michael Coleman Executive Producer
Hal David Composer
John Echols Composer, Guitar
John Fleck Composer
Ken Forssi Bass, Composer
William S. Harvey Cover Design, Cover Photo, Design, Photography
Jac Holzman Digital Editing, Producer
Arthur Lee Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals
Ed Lindquist Executive Producer
Love Primary Artist
Bryan MacLean Composer, Guitar, Vocals
Alban Pfisterer Drums
Billy Roberts Composer
Paul Rothchild Digital Remastering

Love’s debut is both their hardest-rocking early album and their most Byrds-influenced. Arthur Lee’s songwriting muse hadn’t fully developed at this stage, and in comparison with their second and third efforts, this is the least striking of the LPs featuring their classic lineup, with some similar-sounding folk-rock compositions and stock riffs. A few of the tracks are great, though: their punky rendition of Bacharach/David’s “My Little Red Book” was a minor hit, “Signed D.C.” and “Mushroom Clouds” were superbly moody ballads, and Bryan Maclean’s “Softly to Me” served notice that Lee wasn’t the only songwriter of note in the band.

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