Biography

Love

Love was an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965. They were originally led by singer/songwriter Arthur Lee, who wrote most of the songs, although some of their best known songs were written by Bryan MacLean. One of the first racially diverse American bands, their music drew on a diverse range of sources including folk rock, hard rock, blues, jazz, flamenco and orchestral pop.

 

While finding only modest success on the music charts, Love would come to be praised by critics as one of the finest and most important American rock groups of all time. Their third album, Forever Changes (1967), is generally regarded as their masterpiece, included in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2011. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant cites Forever Changes as one of his favorite albums ever. Jim Morrison's 1967 personal biography for Elektra listed Love as one of his favorite bands.

 

The band's influence extends beyond the realm of 1960s psychedelia to such indie rock bands as Television Personalities and The Jesus and Mary Chain. The Damned covered "Alone Again Or,”  Yo La Tengo covered "A House Is Not a Motel" and "Luci Baines" by Lee. Love also influenced many 1960s-inspired Top 40 UK acts, including The Stone Roses, The Bluetones, Shack, The Stands, Primal Scream, and Ricky, whose mini-album You Set The Scene was named after a song on Forever Changes.

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