Love – Out Here

Blue Thumb label-era Love. Includes a ho-hum summit meet with Hendrix

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Turning the post-’70s Love albums Out Here and False Start into a slimline disc is an exercise that will only appeal to the most completist Arthur Lee devotee, although liner note snaps of hard-to-find singles are a teaser. This Love Mk III arrived with the premise that the musicians couldn’t stand recreating Forever Changes et al, hardly likely to endear them to anyone now. Even so, the funky blues cul-de-sac isn’t the only direction. “Willow Willow”, “I Still Wonder” and “Stand Out” are archetypal sweet Lee moments; the Hendrix collaboration, “The Everlasting First”, recorded at London’s Olympic Studios, is no great shakes.

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