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Arthur Lee / Love - Black Beauty and Raritiesdotdot
artworkNever let it be said that Arthur Lee understood surf, though his band's incredible Emotions (from the first Love album) is a shimmering example of the romantic power of surf and vibrato. This CD collects early work from his bands Arthur Lee & the L. A. G.'s (1963 Booker T. & the M. G.'s clones), the American Four (1964), his work with Ronnie & the Pamona Casuals (1965), Little Ray (1964), Rosa Lee Brooks w/ Jimi Hendrix (1964), the unreleased Black Beauty album (1973), a track from the More Changes proposed album (1977), and Baby Lemonade (1994).
Picks: The Ninth Wave, Rumble-Still-Skins, Soul Food

Track by Track Review


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Memphis Soul Clone (Instrumental)

Not the Ventures song, but an organ based Memphis soul clone instro a la Booker T. & the M. G.'s. Relatively tame and churchy sounding. Derivative and unimaginative.

Rumble-Still-Skins dotdotdot
Memphis Soul Clone (Instrumental)

More shopping mall organ based Memphis soul clone instro music, but with tribal drums and runway sensibilities.

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Surf (Instrumental)

A nearly exact repro of the original. Nuff said.