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Arthur Lee

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1. Prior to forming Love, Arthur Lee was a L.A. hustler, desperately searching for the formula that would make him a star. In the early mid-’60s, Lee recorded some unsuccessful singles including one as the American Four on Selma, a subsidiary of Del-Fi, “Luci Baines”/”Soul Food.” He also recorded a session for Rosa Lee Brooks which featured Jimi Hendrix as a session guitarist. Lee found his niche at last when he founded one of the ’60s seminal garage/folk/psychedelic bands, Love, in 1965. The band which also featured fellow songwriter and singer Bryan Maclean, recorded three amazing albums for Elektra including Forever Changes, an album that is certainly a contender for best rock album ever made. In 1968, Lee decided to scrap the idea of Love as a real band, kicked out all the remaining members and began recording with pickup bands and sessionmen.

The band’s and Lee’s fortunes quickly declined and Lee, never the most normal person in the best of times, began exhibiting erratic behavior as his drug intake began to take its toll. He recorded more unsuccessful albums as Love, recorded a solo album, Vidicator, in 1972, and began to fade away. Lee would regularly tour and recordings were made of these shows but he rarely returned to a studio or wrote new songs.

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  • daaditsu

    One of the most criminally forgotten/underrated rock figures. [4]

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • equinoxvox

    One of the most criminally forgotten/underrated rock figures. [3]

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • JaredMackie

    This should be the Last.fm home page. Arthur is music.

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • pablo323

    One of the most criminally forgotten/underrated rock figures. [2]

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • eadwinn

    One of the most criminally forgotten/underrated rock figures.

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
  • arcdukes

    vindicator = best album ever

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Robert161989

    schön dicht

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • LiamGallagher

    vindicator is some heavy shit.. i like

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • rhandofnixon2

    There ya go. . . . it was just someone's attempt at self-promotion I assume

    28 Mar 2010 Reply
  • psycurro

    Can't help feeling the wrong Arthur Lee's holding the number one slot!

    26 Jan 2010 Reply
  • MillValleyGirl

    Heaven bless you Arthur today and forever ...that description of Arthur upthere doesn't give him 1% of all the credit and respect he deserves...rock and psychedelic music from the 60's to nowadays just has to kneel down and thank Arthur Lee for all his music...

    3 Aug 2009 Reply
  • xAquinoNetox

    RIP Alone again or... best song ever!

    19 Jun 2009 Reply
  • porpoise_mouth

    despite the tag, Arthur Lee is not on tour. Sigh. Check out porpoisemouth.com for psychedelic content that's a bit more up to date.

    26 Aug 2008 Reply
  • LypeRadel

    \o/

    25 Jul 2008 Reply
  • filpaz

    There is a new post about Arthur Lee and The Love on the music blog Orange Skies http://orangeskies.wordpress.com Check it out you all!

    23 Jul 2008 Reply
  • chakisaki

    FUCK YEAH

    23 Aug 2007 Reply
  • leafish_paul

    RIP, Arthur Lee.

    10 Aug 2006 Reply

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