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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.
Boy did they miss the boat.
Lee went in to make some terrific albums now they may not have been as flawless as "Forever Changes" but Lee was also working with different collaborators. As brilliant as Lee was, he needed the right collaborators to bounce his ideas off of and work with. If he was Lennon or McCartney, he lacked a George Martin or someone else strong enough as a songwriter to help him shape or confirm his vision.
With "Vindicator" Lee had put the pretense of Love behind him and, as a solo album, it's quite good but he lacked those collaborators.
Nevertheless, Lee had some pretty good material to work with here. There's little to quibble with here. Three songs that could be better and some filler that a grewt producer would have suggested Lew go back and rethink. There's also no obvious single which could have helped to sell the album (along with a great cover).Oh, and let's talk about the cover. Covers may not SEEM important but they help sell an album. The cover here is awful. It looks like it was done for a budget label. Whomever approved this should have had their eyes check.
The remaster by BGO Music has been nicely remastered and the bonus tracks only add to the attraction. When you add in the excellent liner notes, you get another esceptional release from the label.
3 1/2 stars.Read more ›
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.
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This was a great album missed by most everyone. Living in Alabama the band Love meant nothing to me in 1972... Read morePublished 15 months ago by John Werner
An interesting and highly listenable work by the great and witty late Arthur Lee.Published 19 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
This is an effort that is between 4 and 5 stars. There are a lot of great rock songs on this album. I was hesitant to purchase anything from Arthur created after Forever Changes... Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Joseph P. Darak Jr.