Originally recorded in 1973, Black Beauty remained unreleased for 40 years. On Black Beauty, Arthur Lee manages to combine searing 70’s-rock with gorgeous melodies and stellar songwriting—topped off by his powerful, soulful vocals. With its wonderfully eclectic collection of songs, the album offers Love fans a rare glimpse into a previously undocumented phase of Arthur Lee’s fabled career, while shining a light for new fans to discover the unique genius that is the music of Arthur Lee and Love.
“Brilliant, unpredictable and relentless.” — Magnet (9/10 stars)
“Black Beauty rocks with melody and guts.” — Popdose
Black Beauty (Deluxe Version) includes 6 ultra-rare, previously-unreleased bonus tracks: 3 explosive, live performances from the short-lived Black Beauty-incarnation of Love, a revelatory 1974 Arthur Lee interview for Rolling Stone, and two unreleased Arthur Lee studio cuts – the title song from legendary filmmaker Max Julien’s Thomasine & Bushrod, recorded a few months after the completion of Black Beauty, and “L.A. Blues,” the last song recorded by Arthur Lee before beginning his six-year prison sentence.
The digital download also features an extensive PDF booklet with an acclaimed essay by renowned rock journalist Ben Edmonds and a trove of never-before-published photos of Arthur Lee and the Black Beauty band.