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Issue 40 - Forever drinking

Whisky Magazine Issue 40
June 2004


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Forever drinking

Dave Broom talks music with seminal 60s band and whisky drinkers, Love.

Brighton 2003. We don't quite know what to expect. I mean, Arthur Lee and Love are about to play Forever Changes, in total, with horns and strings, something which is scarcely believable for those of us who take the view that Love's third album is one of the great records, a touchstone of west-coast psychedelia.

But will it work? Is it just going to be a nostalgia trip? Is it going to be so note perfect that we might as well have just stayed at home? Can it be done live anyway? It's a studio record. It's never been played live. It's from 1967 for God's sake. We should be out there watching the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

It is note perfect, but it is fresh. There's something which has made this music new, believable, contemporary. That line: “there's a man who can't decide if he should fight for what his father thinks is right.” it makes you wonder if Iraq is our generation's Vietnam.

Then there's Arthur Lee himself. The man Jim Morrison took as a role model, the man who had only recently been released from a 12-year gaol sentence for allegedly firing a gun in the air who is now singing with such soul, who has such presence.

It's not just him though. It's the band. In their other guise they're called Baby Lemonade. These are young guys who were not even born when the album came out who play with care with, dare I say it, love but not reverence. They take possession of the music.

It's encapsulated on a moment on Live and Let Live (which being a Love song is about anything but) w...

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