Video Saturday – Arthur Lee

Was reminded of this tune last night when watching the rather excellent BBC4 documentary on Robert Plant and he cited Arthur Lee’s band “Love” as an example of a musical group who were in the wrong place at the wrong time and never got the success that Led Zeppelin found at the same time, in the right place at the right time.

Released in the UK at the beginning of 1968 this song “Alone Again Or” had modest chart success and the album “Forever Changes” reached 24 in the album charts, both were acclaimed by the muso’s but the band split shortly afterwards due to their often quoted “chemical differences”, yes, they had different opinions on what you should smoke or inject and at what time, nothing more.

Arthur Lee still plays the rounds as this clip from a few years ago on Jools Holland illustrates, the song still stands as one of those “fusion” songs where lots of different influences come into play in a perfect way and its still quoted as one of the stand-out songs of the hippy era moreso now than when it was released.


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