Love

Love

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Love formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California, around the central duo of Arthur Lee and Bryan MacLean. They quickly became a popular act on the local music scene, and in 1966 they became the first band to sign to Jac Holzman's Elektra Records. Their debut release, a version of Burt Bacharach's My Little Red Book became a minor hit, and their self-titled debut album, released later that year, also sold modestly, reaching number 57 on the Billboard 200. Their 1967 follow-up, Da Capo, received high acclaim, but could only manage number 80 on the USA album chart. That same year also saw the release of Forever Changes, which although selling relatively poorly at the time, has come to be regarded as one of the greatest rock albums ever made. No album better characterises the hippie era, and decades later it is finally getting the reappraisal that it so deserves. Creatively, Arthur Lee could never match those heights again, and after continuing for a time as the only original member, Love effectively came to an end in 1974, reuniting occasionally for one-off shows. Lee spent six years in prison between 1995 and 2001 for possessing an illegal firearm, and left prison to find that Forever Changes had been remastered and re-released, leading to a huge wave of interest. He took Love back on the road, giving some outstanding performances, before he sadly lost his battle with leukaemia in 2006. In 2002 a number of British Members of Parliament tabled an Early Day Motion recognising Love as the greatest rock band ever and Forever Changes as the greatest album of all time.

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