Rich in soulful, unconventional details, masterful singing, crunchy-guitar rock, straight-up Stax-grounded soul, eccentric psychedelia and contemporary funk.David Fricke, Rolling Stone
Love, a rock band from America, was established in Los Angeles in 1965. Led by Arthur Lee, their frontman and primary songwriter, they stood out as one of the earliest racially diverse rock bands in the United States. Their musical style embraced a diverse range of genres, including garage, folk-rock, and psychedelia. Despite achieving only moderate success on the music charts, Love gained critical acclaim with their third album, Forever Changes (1967), which is widely recognized as one of the greatest albums of the 1960s.
Originally recorded and released in 1974 on RSO Records, this beautifully packaged, deluxe reissue features vibrant, remastered audio from the original tapes, a 32-page booklet with an illuminating essay by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, and a trove of candid, unpublished photos.
Black Beauty is as eclectic and eccentric as any of Love’s bestMojo
The band’s classic lineup is typically acknowledged as consisting of frontman Lee, guitarist/singer Bryan MacLean, bassist Ken Forssi, guitarist Johnny Echols, and drummer Alban “Snoopy” Pfisterer. However, by 1968, Lee was the sole remaining original member and continued recording under the name Love with various musicians throughout the 1970s. MacLean and Forssi passed away in 1998, while Lee died in 2006. Forever Changes was included in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2011. In recent times, Johnny Echols, an original member, has embarked on tours under the name Love Band or Love Revisited.