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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the mid- to late '60s, Arthur Lee was one of the most important figures on the L.A. rock scene; his band Love could pack any club in town and they made a handful of superb and influential records, most notably their 1967 masterpiece, Forever Changes. But Lee was hardly the only major artist of the '60s who seemed to lose his footing in the '70s, and after releasing a solo album in 1972 Vindicator and a disappointing final Love LP in 1974 Reel to Real, Lee musically dropped out of sight, at least outside of California. In 1980, the Love fans at the plucky and at the time independent Rhino Records released a solid Best of Love compilation, and its modest success prompted ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the mid- to late '60s, Arthur Lee was one of the most important figures on the L.A. rock scene; his band Love could pack any club in town and they made a handful of superb and influential records, most notably their 1967 masterpiece, Forever Changes. But Lee was hardly the only major artist of the '60s who seemed to lose his footing in the '70s, and after releasing a solo album in 1972 Vindicator and a disappointing final Love LP in 1974 Reel to Real, Lee musically dropped out of sight, at least outside of California. In 1980, the Love fans at the plucky and at the time independent Rhino Records released a solid Best of Love compilation, and its modest success prompted the label to issue a new album from Lee in 1981. Arthur Lee was cobbled together from material recorded for an unfinished solo project along with some new tunes, and several of the songs sound more like demos than finished work, especially a clunky cover of the Bobbettes' oldie "Mr. Lee" and "One," a second-rate number that was foolishly chosen to lead off the album. Arthur Lee did not give the impression that the great man's chops as a guitarist or songwriter were in especially good shape, though there are a few solid numbers here, in particular "Down Street" a tough fusion of rock and reggae that suggests Garland Jeffreys' work on Escape Artist, "Bend Down" a lean but effective heavy rocker, and "Stay Away from Evil" which finds Lee dipping his toes into funk with effective results. Lee was in fine voice on these sessions, singing as well as he had in his salad days, and he also dug up an unrecorded obscurity from Love's golden era "I Do Wonder" wouldn't have been out of place on Forever Changes as well as offering a new jangle rock arrangement of "7 & 7 Is." But Lee's new fascination with reggae didn't serve him very well on "One and One" and a cover of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross," and ultimately this album is a jumble of ideas that never coheres into something solid. Arthur Lee is just good enough to suggest that Lee could have had another great album in him if someone had been willing to give him the time, the budget, and a producer who could help him focus; sadly, that didn't happen, and it would prove to be his last proper studio effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • Label: Friday Music
  • UPC: 829421109525
  • Catalog Number: 1095
  • Sales rank: 82,855

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One (3:52)
  2. 2 I Do Wonder (2:37)
  3. 3 Just Us (2:09)
  4. 4 Happy You (3:01)
  5. 5 Do You Know the Secret (3:04)
  6. 6 One and One (4:21)
  7. 7 7 & 7 Is (2:40)
  8. 8 Mr. Lee (3:43)
  9. 9 Bend Down (3:00)
  10. 10 Down Street (4:46)
  11. 11 Stay Away from Evil (3:05)
  12. 12 Many Rivers to Cross (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arthur Lee Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Johnson Vocals
Velvert Turner Group Guitar
Sherwood Akuna Bass
Joe Blocker Drums
Carlos Carraby Drums
Michael Curtis Bass
Kim Kesterson Bass, Musician
Herman McCormick Vocals, Background Vocals
John Sterling Guitar, Slide Guitar, Musician
George Suranovich Drums, Musician
Azell Taylor Vocals, Background Vocals
Otis Walker Vocals
Melvan Whittington Guitar
Neil Williams Guitar
Bobby Johnson Jr. Vocals, Background Vocals
Velvert Turner Guitar, Musician
Mike Curtis Bass
Technical Credits
Greg Fulginiti Sequencers
Arthur Lee Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Cover Design, Audio Production
Walker Composer
Otis Walker Composer
Helen Gathers Composer
Emma Pought Composer
Kathe Schreyer Back Cover
Joe Reagoso Author, Reissue Producer, Audio Production
Cliff Composer
Dixon Composer
Lee Composer
Webb Composer
Buford Composer
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