Band members Related acts
- Arthur Lee (RIP 2006) -- vocals, guitar
- Frank Fayad --
- The American
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Grade (cover/record): VG/VG+
Comments: gatefold sleeve; split lower seam
Catalog ID: 1111
Having recorded six albums in six years with
Love, in 1972 a thoroughly frustrated Arthur Lee
disbanded the group and struck out in pursuit of what proved an abbreviated solo career.
Kind of weird, but when I
the album for a friend he thought it was Bob Seger. On reflection
Lee's new found growl
actually did sound like Seger on a couple of tracks.
Hum, Lee starting off with a bluesy, acoustic number. Well, even though it didn't sound like much more than an in-studio jam, I'll give it an extra star for the fact Lee sounded like he was enjoying himself. Given the caliber of some of the other material on the album, I always wondered why A&M tapped this one as a promo single:
197w's 'Sad Song' b/w 'You Want Change for Your Re-Run' (A&M catalog number 1381)
me ... I'm guessing it's the only Arthur Lee song that references
rollickin 'Love Jumped Through My Window' made the wait worthwhile.
Anyone who thought Lee couldn't handle and out and out rocker only needed
check this one out. Awesome guitar solo ...
rocker ... While there wasn't anything particularly original on
'Find Somebody', the funky groove snuck up on you and refused to
leave. Call it an acquired taste.
Said She Said' found Lee taking a stab at jump blues. I'm not a big
fan of the genre, so this one just didn;t do much for me.
Complete with vocal shrieks and gasps, ' Every Time I Look Up I'm Down or White Dog' was easlly the album's most Hendrix-styled number.
Maybe because it had previously appeared on 1974's "Reel To Real", if there was a song on the solo album with a distinctive Love flavor, then it was the breezy 'Everybody's Gotta Live'. Sweet, radio friendly pop tune that should have been a massive hit with it was tapped as the album's leadoff single.
1972's 'Everybody's Gotta Live' b/w 'Love Jumped Through My Window' (A&M
catalog 1361) No idea when, or where it was recorded and the
sound and video quality are poor, but YouTube has a live performance of the
song at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AGYGbiCR3Y
wondered if the title was ironic, or not since
'You Want Change for Your Re-Run' found Lee
tuning in his most impressive Hendrix impression ...
'He Knows a Lot of Good Women (or Scotty's Song)'
offered up the album's
most commercial performance, though it wasn't anything particularly
'Hamburger Breath Stinkfinger' captured
Lee at his funniest (who knew he had such a sense of humor), while also
rocking out with a vengence.
spoken word effort, though 'Ol' Morgue Mouth'
was at least backed by some blazing guitar. Guess, Lee just needed to
sill up some time ...
And Lee closes the album out by channeling Hendrix again. Admittedly, on the rocker 'Busted Feet' Lee nailed it perfectly. Everything including Hendrix's vocal mannerisms was on display. I'm guessing Jimi would have approved. Kudos to the rest of the band for some fantastic performances on this one - bassist Frank Fayad and drummer Don Poncher were particularly impressive.
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