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A Latin-tinged classic,
This review is from: Da Capo (Audio CD)
Love's second album, da Capo, is a curious affair. The first 6 songs (what would originally have been side 1 of the album) are all classics. The most well known perhaps is 7 and 7 is, a breakneck garage gallop of a song later covered by bands like The Damned. But this is the only garage punk song here. The other five songs are far more laid back. Orange Skies and Que Vida are soothing latin-influenced songs and The Castle includes some lovely guitarwork. This album also introduces harpsichord and flute to the band's sound. The curious part of the album is a track called Revelations which originally took up the whole of side 2 of the album. It's really just a long rambling indulgent blues jam. Who knows why the band chose to put this track on an album - rumour has it they had tons of other songs of the quality of the first 6 at their disposal. Fortunately the first 6 songs are so good that they justify buying the album on their own.
Pick up any of the band's first three albums - Love, da Capo or Forever Changes and you will find a rich selection of quality songs. How would I classify them? Hmmmm, that's difficult. Slightly Byrds-ish, slightly Doors-ish, slightly Beefheart-ish, slightly Flying Burritos-ish, slightly folk-rockish with a latin twist... Really, though, they created their own distinctive sound... Love are unique - thanks in large part to Lee's distinctive voice, lyrics and song arrangements. Because of this you may not find them an instant 'hit', but if you do fall for their sound, I think you'll find them a life-long love.