- Jacob A. Cohen
Psychedelic rock group. It was founded in Los Angeles by lead singer and guitarist Arthur Lee (b Memphis, TN, 7 March 1945; d Memphis, TN, 3 Aug 2006). Love was one of the first interracial touring/gigging rock bands in the United States, with two African American members, Lee and guitarist Johnny Echols, alongside white members, Bryan MacLean (vocals, guitar), Ken Forssi (bass), and Michael Stuart (Michael Stuart-Ware; drums) comprising the 1967 lineup. Although they scored minor hits with a warped, dissonant version of the Bacharach/David tune “My Little Red Book” (1965) and the surf-psychedelic “7 and 7 Is” (1966), their third album, Forever Changes (1967), is considered their masterpiece. Although not a commercial success, the album has since been hailed as a seminal, groundbreaking work, and has garnered a cultish admiration, especially in the UK. Unlike other psychedelic rock, Forever Changes is mostly acoustic with a pastoral aura, thanks to the orchestrations by David Angel, and the folk, classical, and musical theater influences of Lee and MacLean. The album is devoid of studio effects and uses little distorted electric guitar. Lyrically, ...