Monday, July 03, 2006

 
The Love you love to hate

Reel to Real - Love

This is the last album Love put out before their long period of exile. They'd experienced a pretty steep decline from Four Sail through Out Here and Arthur's solo album Vindicator. No reason to expect this album to be anything but mediocre.

And, really, it isn't. But a mediocre Love album is worth spinning a couple of times, especially if you've worn out the holy first four. And unlike the Blue Thumb stuff, this one is actually a new direction for the band.

There had always been a soul feel going on in the band, but it was buried beneath rock and show tunes and Johnny Mathis and flamenco touches, etc. Not so on this one. There are even some vague heavy funk moves on some of the tracks - think some of the heavier Vertigo records. You can spot a couple of direct nods to George Clinton in the ARP synthesizer and backwards rhythm tracks. All this stuff makes this feel like a record of its time.

This one has always had a terrible critical reputation that I don't think it deserves. If this didn't carry the Love brand, it would be (barely) remembered for what it is: a nice heavy soul album with a damn good front man. I'm curious to hear what others think.

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Comments:
bought it at the time ,quite liked it eg.time is like a river ,singing cowboy-liked be thankful better than wm. de vaughan,s wersion.
 
I think it stands as an album on its own and 'Everybody's Gotta Live' is just pure class! Thanks! Martin
 
PLEASE could you re-post it - I really liked it, but lost my vinyl copy years ago in a move; would 'love' to hear it again! Many thanks.
 
PLEASE could you re-post it - I really liked it, but lost my vinyl copy years ago in a move; would 'love' to hear it again! Many thanks.
 
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