50 YEARS OF LOVE W/ ARTHUR LEE: ALBUM-BY-ALBUM THREAD A THOUGHT IN MY HEAD I THINK, OF SOMETHING TO DO To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Love's self-titled debut released March 1966, perhaps it's an appropriate time to focus on their fascinating career. As a music artist with a marquee album in "Forever Changes" and marquee performer in Arthur Lee, they seem like the right subject for this type of thread for those who want to delve deeper. Arthur Lee and "Forever Changes" are extraordinarily deep themselves; I've read some great info here on past threads about them, and I've learned a lot. So hopefully we have some participants and we can ride this rollercoaster up and down Go Stop Boulevard throughout the decades. I’VE BEEN HERE ONCE, I’VE BEEN HERE TWICE I had seen an album-by-album thread on this artist from years ago, but it's been a long time and it wasn't finished. This will be my first thread I’m starting for the Hoffman forum and I plan on completing it. Sad when some album-by-album threads don’t get finished. Though I’m not from the era, I’ve been listening for 20 years now and I’ll be as active as I can here. I WENT TO MISSI, TRIPPED IN MISS-IPPI, BUT NOW YOU I’LL BE FOLLOWING So what do non-fans and the most casual of fans know? The basics are that Love is a group formed by frontman singer/guitarist Arthur Lee and lead guitarist Johnny Echols. Love’s prime was from 1966-1974 and had a great album in “Da Capo” and a musical masterpiece in “Forever Changes” in 1967. After the latter was not successful on the charts, Lee broke up the original band that included another talented songwriter Bryan MacLean, and the band became an assembly line product. The albums were less popular, the quality-down…by the 1990’s Lee was in trouble with the law and once out of that dark decade, he flourished under newfound fame from later generations raving that he was an underrated, under-appreciated genius. “Forever Changes”, continues to place at least top 50 in most all-time lists, sometimes top 10, so the legend continues to this day despite Lee’s passing in 2006. AND SO THE STORY ENDED, DO YOU KNOW IT OH SO WELL? So that seems like the general consensus amongst casual fans and most of society. How much of it all is true. Was there a dip in quality? Was he correct to work with many different band members? WRITE THE RULES IN THE SKY, BUT ASK YOUR LEADERS WHY Hopefully we can collectively answer these and plenty of other questions and observe other thought-provoking nuggets with this thread. I have plenty of questions to keep the thread going. If anyone has tips please feel free to mention them to me to help the thread. I want this to be the best Love experience we can have and hopefully people will want to continue past “Forever Changes”, whether they like or dislike the rest of the catalog, I’d appreciate all positive/negative opinions on everything! AND THE THINGS THAT I DO MUST CONSIST OF MORE THAN STYLE FEATURES: Photos Videos Early Material/Later Material Original Reviews Arthur Lee solo Bryan MacLean solo Albums Singles Lyrical Analysis Profiles DISCUSSION THAT EVERYONE I SAW WAS JUST ANOTHER PART OF ME I know there are some huge Love fans worldwide I’ve learned from-love to see you all here. Casual fans, new fans-love to see you too. You set the scene.