Love: Tjay Cantrelli, Frank Fayad, George Suranvovich, Drachen Theaker, Alban Pfisterer, Jay Donnellan, John Echols, Ken Forssi, Michael Stuart, Arthur Lee, Bryan MacLean.
Over the years since their heyday in the late 1960s, Love's stature has been ever-expanding. As of 2006--the year of leader Arthur Lee's untimely passing--their undisputed classic, FOREVER CHANGES, had finally found a home in across America as a reissue. Better late than never, and this fantastic two-disc collection DEFINITIVE ROCK is the perfect introduction to young fans just discovering Love's unique genius, or seasoned fans looking for all the good stuff in one place.
Lee's incredible gift for marrying a spiteful lyric to a SoCal melody is on display throughout the collection from "Message to Pretty" from their blistering debut, to "The Red Telephone" from FOREVER CHANGES. The band's flamenco-inspired psychedelia provides the perfect miasma for both Lee's sardonic wit and bandmate Bryan Maclean's fragile longing. DEFINITIVE ROCK includes highlights from the first three--and best--Love records, but also dips into FOUR SAIL with "Robert Montgomery," Lee's raucous "Eleanor Rigby" rewrite. Hearing all these incredible songs in one place cements Love's reputation as one of the very best bands of their or any era.