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4.0 out of 5 stars A short revelation..., 31 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Da Capo (Audio CD)
Not at “One Stop Records” in South Moulton Street – London’s main outlet for imported LP’s from West Coast bands – in mid 1967? Bad luck… because, to appreciate the impact of Love’s “Da Capo” on the London scene you needed to see, handle and listen to it right there. Why?.. well, in amongst the store’s racks of unknown records from an unreachable musical world was something that demanded serious attention. A group with such a cool name; an album with such a cool title; and, contained within its even cooler sleeve, a disc with an equally stunning feature: a whole side made up of only one track…hip indeed!
And, on the turntable, more treats lay in store. Side One’s six tracks were a marvellous encapsulation of where LA music was at in late 1966/early 1967 – an eclectic mix of folk, pop & hard rock wrapped up in innovative arrangements and odd song structures. Very different, very distinctive and still, 35 years on, one of the most satisfying LP sides from any group of the period.
Then there was Side Two. "Revelation"... a 19 minute jam featuring fairly demented singing and extended instrumental workouts that was, at the time, challenging and, with time, worse. But there... in the middle of this ramble (12 minutes 32 seconds in fact) was something equally magical: the perfect West Coast sax break... three and a half minutes of John Coltrane impersonation, in the form of Love's Tjay Cantrelli, meeting the chord structures of the emerging West Coast scene. A small salvation that brought the listenable content of the whole album up to a full 20 minutes.
Worth the money then just to own the LP as a fashion statement. Worth the money now ?... possibly: but, for those less motivated by nostalgia or the need to own a definitive sax break, the whole of Side One can in fact be found on Rhino’s excellent 1992 Love retrospective: "Comes In Colours". Not as much fun as being there, but better value.
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