Whay back Whensday: Love “Maybe the People Would be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale”

Posted: August 7, 2013 by Dethfrequency in Song of the Day, Whay back Whensday
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Let’s take a trip down memory lane to remember all the great musicians that have influenced us from beyond the grave.

This is the first installment of Whay back Whensday and what better way than to start it off with a love song I love. No, the band Love, silly.

Love is regarded as one of the most underrated but most influential rock bands of all time. In 2003 Rolling Stone Love’s “Forever Changes” #40 on their list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Released in 1967 on Elektra the mastermind Arthur Lee was going through grim times that while recording the album saying “I thought I was going to die at that particular time, so those were my last words.” What fine words to leave this world on but he continue to live and perform until 2006, after being taken by acute myeloid leukemia. The album itself had been recorded in just 64 hours. Their success was met more in the UK reaching #24 on the billboard charts. In the US they only reached #154.

Lee had worked with several bands prior to forming Love. Once recording the song “My Diary” by Rosa Lee Brooks, featuring Jimi Hendrix. Arthur Lee had been influenced by The Byrds blues and folk rock sound and eventually met guitarist Bryan MacLean while working as a roadie for the band. MacLean had an early start in music after being deemed “a melodic genius” by his neighbor, Frederick Loewe (of the famous composing duo Lerner & Loewe). MacLean would later die while having dinner with a fan doing an interview regarding the band Love.

Forever Changes was a departure from their earlier blues rock sound and incorporated more of a psychedelic feel including many exotic horns, strings, and off beat choruses. Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant listed it as one of his favorite albums ever. Jim Morrison in an interview in 1967 (the year the album dropped) listed Love as his favorite band.

Love “Forever Changes”
Released 1967 on Elektra

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