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the anti-forever changes,
This review is from: Four Sail (Audio CD)
taken in the context of Arthur Lee's recording career up to this album I'm sure many people are forever bummed that Mr. Lee didn't continue in the same vein as De Capo and Forever Changes- In fact, I think that FourSail is a quite brilliant antithisis to those two albums.
The recording technique is purposefully lo-fi and muffled compare to the extravagant yet still rugged Forever Changes; listening to the bonus cut of "Talking in my Sleep" and you'll hear that his vision was to make an even more muttled attack, even thicker and distorted than the final product that the records company ended up with.
Another big change was the minamal use of hooks- certainly there are some good melodies, but the songs rely more on the energy of the performance and production value. With a new line-up on hand the music was obviously going to take a change and in the liner notes Arthur Lee alludes that his new bandmates had not entirely respected the folk-rock sound that had made up the previous two Love albums. As he put it he wanted it to be more of a band sound so he wrote the songs around what the other musicians wanted to play and less to what he wanted to say (I think by now he had a pretty jaded view of the business of making music).
There are some really solid memorable songs in here like the urgent August or spiteful Neil's Song, and as a whole the album works quite well together. It would have been interesting to hear what he would have invisioned both production-wise as well as song choices (another thing that is mentioned in the linear notes is that he intended this album to be a double album). I think that this album lines up pretty well with Love, Da Capo, and Forever Changes- it was a definitly a departure, but really it was an inside out anti version of Forever Changes and Da Capo bookends it perfectly.