17 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Arthur Lee was Love’s only constant member. He fired the folks who made the classic Forever Changes and reformed the group for their fourth and final album with Elektra Records, 1969’s Four Sail. Twenty-seven tracks were recorded; ten were used. The remaining 17 were issued with the band’s new label, Blue Thumb, as Out Here. The re-recording of the band’s original junkie ballad, the haunting “Signed D. C.,” as a loud, tough guitar workout reflects Lee’s growing psychic agitation. The album does have its gentle, reflective moments; the acoustic guitar and whistles of “Listen to My Song,” and the country-rock of “Abalony” recall Lee’s meditative side. However, the psychedelic era was wearing away at Lee and the staggering trip behind “I Still Wonder,” the growing cynicism behind the surface placidity of “Gather Round,” and the extended jam driving the 11-and-a-half-minute “Love Is More Than Words or Better Late Than Never” make for a portrait of the artist as a desperate and withering young man.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Arthur Lee was Love’s only constant member. He fired the folks who made the classic Forever Changes and reformed the group for their fourth and final album with Elektra Records, 1969’s Four Sail. Twenty-seven tracks were recorded; ten were used. The remaining 17 were issued with the band’s new label, Blue Thumb, as Out Here. The re-recording of the band’s original junkie ballad, the haunting “Signed D. C.,” as a loud, tough guitar workout reflects Lee’s growing psychic agitation. The album does have its gentle, reflective moments; the acoustic guitar and whistles of “Listen to My Song,” and the country-rock of “Abalony” recall Lee’s meditative side. However, the psychedelic era was wearing away at Lee and the staggering trip behind “I Still Wonder,” the growing cynicism behind the surface placidity of “Gather Round,” and the extended jam driving the 11-and-a-half-minute “Love Is More Than Words or Better Late Than Never” make for a portrait of the artist as a desperate and withering young man.

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