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Arthur Lee - Vindicator Import, Original recording remastered
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How wrong this simple analysis is. 1969's Four Sail, the follow up to Forever Changes, is a great album, IMHO, full of the full-tilt melodicism and soulfulness that graced the earlier albums. 1972's Vindicator -- Lee's first solo album -- is an extension of the same. Like some bastard child of Hendrix and Big Star, Vindicator possesses a sonically superior sound circa '72 (why do all those great '72-'74 albums sound so good?) that really brings out the most in the gritty, dueling electric guitars. Lee's voice cracks and pops the mic more than once but everything seems right so it's no big deal. The song titles appear morbid ("Ol' Morgue Mouth," "Hamburger Breath Stinkfinger") but actually reveal the odd sense of humor of a talented man with something to say.
Not every track is a winner, but Vindicator is worth a listen, especially for casual fans who think Arthur Lee's Love story began and ended with Changes.
No matter what people say, no matter how crazy the lyrics are or Arthur was, every tune is a work of art on every album. You always can read critics who try to rate and compare the albums and tunes, but really they are all very different. This one is too!
Funny, I wonder if the producers of the Cialis commercial credited the opening of Pencil In Hand in one of their TV ads...anybody notice?
These tunes are heavy duty and funny too. Like the one about his date last night (Hamburger Breath Stinkfinger). I'd get fish slapped if I quoted it here.
Arthur always sang with incredible passion and emotion, and with a beautiful voice too. Lyrics didn't need to make "sense", you know what he was singing about.
Miss you Arthurly. One of a kind. Beautiful. One of the all-time-greats.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arthur Lee's career unfairly took a dive after "Forever Changes". Critics came to the conclusion that Lee had peaked early and Love wasn't relevant any longer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wayne Klein
This was a great album missed by most everyone. Living in Alabama the band Love meant nothing to me in 1972... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Werner
An interesting and highly listenable work by the great and witty late Arthur Lee.Published 10 months ago by Michael Walacavage
Oh my soul but THIS FLAT OUT ROCKS! Apparently Vindicator was named for one of Arthur's grand Irish Wolfhounds but I imagine it was a double entendre as this one really vindicates... Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Hankster
Trust me. At 60 yrs. of age, 40 yrs. of marriage, and about 45 yrs. of fandom, I know.
I don't want a new shiny bicycle every year for Christmas. Read more
The core album contained on this CD is fantastic - I'm specifically reviewing the BGO import release, which touts 5 "bonus tracks" including previously unreleased/alternate... Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Andrew Kueneman