ARTHUR LEE & LOVE:
NEW DEFINITIVE LIVE 4-DISC BOX SET TO BE CELEBRATED
AT LOS ANGELES’ WHISKY A GO-GO NOVEMBER 17 WITH
RELEASE PARTY AND CELEBRATION OF
ARTHUR LEE & LOVE MUSIC!
“COMING THROUGH TO YOU: THE LIVE RECORDINGS (1970-2004)”
4-CD BOX SET TO BE RELEASED THAT DAY ON ROCKBEAT RECORDS
SET FEATURES FIVE UNRELEASED SONGS
The revered music of the late ARTHUR LEE and his band LOVE will be celebrated with a comprehensive box set of live performances and an all-star celebration at Los Angeles’ Whisky A Go-Go on Tuesday, November 17. COMING THROUGH TO YOU: THE LIVE RECORDINGS (1970-2004) (RockBeat Records) covers four decades of LOVE music in the ’70s, ’90s and 00’s, plus one CD of quality fan recordings. The collection also includes five recently-discovered live tracks that have never before been released.
The Tuesday, November 17 performance at Los Angeles’ Whisky A Go-Go will celebrate Lee’s music with a box set release party and celebration of Arthur Lee and Love music. Performing live will be “LOVE revisited” (Arthur’s last touring band Baby Lemonade) featuring Johnny Echols–band co-founder and original lead guitarist–will perform LOVE music.
Rolling Stone editor David Fricke says in the box set’s liner notes that “Lee was already a dynamic mass of contradictions when he founded Love in 1965: born to white and black parents in Memphis; steeped in classic soul and blues as a teenager; then charged by the electric modernism of the British Invasion, especially the Rolling Stones, and L.A.’s overnight response, the Byrds. Lee literally formed Love – rock’s first major, integrated band – in his image and that of the times.”The box set is a collection of rare live recordings from 1970-2004 released by RockBeat Records and produced by David Skye, with the blessing and participation of Diane Lee. For the first time a large collection of Arthur Lee & Love live recordings are being made available to the public. The discs feature performances recorded at various venues worldwide, throughout the 1970’s to 2004.
The cover artwork designed by illustrator William Stout, internationally renowned as one of the first rock “n” roll bootleg cover artists. William has also designed legitimate album covers for The Who, The Beach Boys, The Ramones, The Firesign Theater and The Smithereens.
The enigmatic rock band known as LOVE were revered by the Los Angeles rock crowd when they formed in 1965. Influenced by the folk rock movement of the time, ARTHUR LEE was reluctant to tour heavily, but their performances on the Sunset Strip caught the attention of Elektra Records JacHolzman, who made the group his first rock signing. The Doors, who also signed to Holzman’s label, opened for LOVE at the Whisky and became fast friends. In the 16-page booklet, The Doors Robby Krieger writes, “What a sound!,” He also writes seeing LOVE for the first time “made me think twice about strictly playing flamenco and acoustic guitar. A couple of years later Arthur would come to the London Fog and watch us play. He was definitely an influence on Jim [Morrison] and all of us, and also helped us get the Whisky gig.”
Although a reluctant rock star, ARTHUR LEE eventually embraced the scene and was a prolific writer and multi-talented musician. He recorded with a wide array of artists, including Steve Winwood and several projects with Jimi Hendrix. He served five years in prison for a weapons offense, but came back strong in the ’80s and ’90s, before succumbing to leukemia in 2006. A 2005 benefit concert held to raise funds for his care featured many LOVE fans including Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Nils Lofgren, Ian Hunter and more.