(Arthur Lee and Love - It just wouldn't be L.A. without them)
Anybody who grew up in L.A. and was old enough (or look old enough) to get into any of the clubs lining the Sunset Strip in the 1960s remembers Arthur Lee and Love. They were such a fixture to the L.A. scene that it was hard to separate the two. They were just synonymous with everything L.A. was all about during those days,
And if you were in a band, you knew "7&7is" by heart and played it every time you got together. It became the anthem of every garage band from Santa Monica to Palm Springs.
But Love were so much more than a garage band's garage band. They were smart, innovative and above all, constantly evolving.
One of their classic albums was Forever Changes from 1967. In a year of pivotal albums from the rock world in general, Forever Changes stands out as one of the great ones. It has never faded, it has never become a curio of a bygone day and it has never lost its beauty.
This track, The Red Telephone has always been a favorite of mine.
If you haven't heard it lately, check it out for a few.