Lost & Found: Love’s Little Red Book
If you’ve never heard of rock legends Love, then today’s your lucky day. Love was one of the best rock bands to come out of the dense musical fog of the 1960s. Fronted by Arthur Lee, this L.A. outfit were ahead of their time musically. Unfortunately, they were in perfect step with the times when it came to drugs and egos.
The above video shows the band getting their first taste of chart success — a cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis’ ‘Little Red Book.’ Love’s version is more raw than the original, with Bryan MacClean’s ragged guitar backing up Lee’s soaring, deep vocals.
The combination of MacClean’s unique guitar playing and Lee’s distinct vocal style helped set Love apart from the flood of amazing bands to come out of the ’60s. Unfortunately, MacClean felt unsatisfied with his limited role as a songwriter in the band. While he did write a few songs for Love — one of which, ‘Alone Again Or,’ was the band’s last successful single — Lee wrote most of the band’s material. Their clashing egos wore away at the band, and heroin did the rest.
Their most successful song, ’7 and 7 Is,’ is easily one of the best songs of all time. Johnny Echols’ guitar part can be described best as rollicking. He pushes the song forward, making what would otherwise be a decent song great. If you want to check out Love, track down the album ‘Da Capo.’ In the meantime, you can listen to ’7 and 7 Is’ right here.