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Out-of-print in the US! The definitive single disc compilation from the Psychedelic Popsters lead by the forever-troubled Arthur Lee. 22 tracks including 'My Little Red Book', 'Seven & Seven Is', 'Alone Again Or' and more. Warner.

1. My Little Red Book
2. Can't Explain
3. Softly To Me
4. No Matter What You Do
5. Hey Joe
6. Signed D.C.
7. Seven & Seven Is
8. Stephanie Knows Who
9. Orange Skies
10. Que Vida!
11. She Comes In Colors
12. Alone Again Or
13. Andmoreagain
14. Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale
15. Live And Let Live
16. You Set The Scene
17. Your Mind And We Belong Together
18. Laughing Stock
19. Singing Cowboy
20. Your Friend And Mine-Neil's Song
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra/Asylum
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B00007LTIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you like 60's rock this is it.
David S. Burton
One of the most energetic (and perhaps best produced) songs is called "Alone Again Or" (from their critically renowned "Forever Changes" album!)
Book & Music thief, from HI
The more I listen to this album, the more I like it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Todd Boostrom on May 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
These musical geniuses have influenced so many other artists, but but don't take this as meaning the Love makes cryptic music for musicians to ponder over. Their work, while wide-ranging, is always accessible-- and more to the point-- a pleasure to listen to. From the sweet, meditative "Alone Again Or" (covered by old-school Punk group The Damned) to the adreneline-pumping "Seven And Seven Is" (covered by Billy Bragg), Love always knows where they're going, and going there with them is always fun. Like The Small Faces, Love is both tough and tender, and changes gears flawlessly to beautiful effect.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of the most brilliant and iconoclastic bands in all of rock, "Love" (aka, "Arthur Lee and Love") has a unique sound that defies categorization. Web encyclopedia "Wikipedia" lists them in genres rock and roll," folk-rock." Psychedelic rock," and Psych-Folk," all labels which are essentially accurate, but none of which, of course, encapsulates their sound and attitude. They're a paradoxical group, based in L.A. but with San Francisco sensibilities, remarkably angry but incredibly tender, destined for fortune but ending with fame (although within a relatively small circle).

Still, one is tempted to find some antecedents to their meandering mixture of punk, balladry, beach music, jazz, and the hodgepodge of styles and sounds that became known as "psychedelia." A comparison with other groups yields a wine-tasting compendium of notes: Pre-dating them, I hear the loose, raucous, playful sound of the Kingsmen's 1965 recording of "Louie, Louie," the romantic lyricism, precious posturing, and baroque textures of Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina (1966)," the Stones' 1967 "Something Happened to Me Yesterday" and "Dandelion," Donovan, and the mid-1960`s politics and experimentation of the Yardbirds. Contemporary sounds include the Stones (who apparently lifted some of the lyrics to "She Comes in Colors"), the Kinks, with their own fresh musical synthesis (Ray Davies would later produce one of Love's albums), the very electric guitar solos recalling Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix, and the humor, parody, and harmonies of the Turtles. (Arthur Lee produced a 1964 record with Hendrix on guitar, and Hendrix appeared on the group's 1970 "False Start" album).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By garbonzo on November 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Rhino has by and large done right by the Love catalog over the years, but they just miss the mark here. No "Message to Pretty"? No "Castle"? No "August"? Tsk, tsk, tsk... should've taken care of business before chasing after later tracks. And I really don't know that the lengthy "You Set the Scene" belongs on an abbreviated best-of like this. Of course, this does have the great Rhino sound and packaging, but my recommendation would be to splurge for the two disc _Love Story_ set. It's worth it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve McMullen on August 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Any Love compilation is worth any price. But what is not there, is the little gem on the B side of a certain 45 rpm record. When we bought 45s way back when, we always played the B side first, lest we miss any rare gem. In 1967, when Elekta released the single with "7 And 7 Is" as the A side, what else could be on the B side, but "No. Fourteen"(the wit of Arthur Lee is evident with this prank). Not a throwaway, by a long shot, but an interesting tune in its own right. So find the 45 and listen. Rule of thumb when listening to Love: remove your socks first or risk having them knocked off anyway. Noteworthy: If you find a 45 from The Fastest Group Alive with the A side song as "Bears", listen to the B side called "Cotton Picking Time In The Valley". It rivals Love for quirky B sides.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Nix on November 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Since I am a big fan of this group, especially Bryan Maclean, and Arthur Lee in that order, I felt this was a great compulation album to finish my collection of this great siminal mid to late 1960's Rock group.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David L. Chilcoat on March 18, 2003
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Perhaps the most overlooked band of the century except possibly "The Band." This album is amazing from start to finish with all kinds of differing emotions. Arthur Lee is a musical genius who wrote songs with Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix while heavily influencing The Doors, yet nobody I know has heard of him.I would strongly recommend this album. "Alone again or" is one of my favorite songs ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Burke on January 3, 2007
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This is a terrific best of album, with most of the songs from 3 different Love albums. Arthur Lee, the lead singer on most songs, is dead now and Bryan McClean, the lead singer on fewer songs, passed away before Arthur did. Sometimes the lyrics are childish and sometimes they are outlandish. But the instrumental backing is always good to great to greatly inspired. For folks who want to know what rock studio music was like in the 60s, this CD is a must.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pete P on April 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Love has got to be the most underrated band of all time.

A greatest hits album always leaves out somebodys favorite

song, but this has almost every love song that matters, except

3 or 4. It's a great starting point for someone who wants to check out the band. You won't be disappointed. Highly recommended.
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