Q (May 2002, p.135) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Of all '60s West Coast bands, none continue to command quite the same intensity of cultish fascination....an intoxicating fusion of garage-rock frustration, baroque psychedelic pop and Latin-flecked jazz..."
Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.126) - "...Remains a curious beast after all this time. The album's original 6-track first side is simply one of the most mesmerising sequences in all of Californian psych-pop....16 minutes 12 seconds of the genuine godlike stuff..."
Love: Arthur Lee, Bryan Maclean (vocals, guitar); John Echols (guitar); Tjay Cantrelli (flute, saxophone); Alban "Snoopy" Pfisterer (keyboards, percussion); Ken Forssi (bass); Michael Stuart (percussion).
Recorded in Hollywood, California.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA.
Love, fronted by the charismatic Arthur Lee, was the first rock band signed to the '60s folk label Elektra, and their wild, enigmatic sound was a big part of their unique appeal. DA CAPO, Love's second album, found the group augmented to a septet, allowing the material to shift through a variety of musical styles. The first six songs hover around the three-minute mark, employing odd time changes to touch on everything from waltzes and free jazz (in the same song) to more mainstream, pie-in-the-sky folk rock. After scoring a hit with the reverb-laden, fuzz-guitar driven "Seven & Seven Is," their follow-up FOREVER CHANGES led them down the path of critical respectability.