Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Love - Love (1966)

Love - Love (1966)
One of my favorite bands from the 1960s was Love.  Love combined folk, psychedelia, and garage rock into a truly unique sound.  In March of 1966, the Los Angeles based band released their first album, the self-titled "Love."  They released a single for "My Little Red Book," a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and originally recorded by Manfred Mann.  Love's version of the song was raw and primitive with simplified chord changes.  Supposedly Bacharach hated it, but it was a big hit in Southern California, and a minor hit in the rest of the country, where it reached #57 on the Billboard charts, and went on to become a garage rock staple.  Love went on to even greater acclaim with their next two albums, "Da Capo" later in 1966, and "Forever Changes" in 1967.

Here's a couple of clips of Love performing "My Little Red Book" and it's b-side "Message to Pretty" on American Bandstand in 1966:

Love - My Little Red Book

Love - Message to Pretty

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