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Date:Mon,June.11,2012

Arthur Lee a.k.a. Po to family and friends. He was a very special person in my life. Arthur Lee is my cousin and was a inspiration in my life. Po helped me understand life in a different outlook. He took me on tour one time with him to Philadelphia, D.C. , Boston and New York. I was 28 years old. and had never left the south before, but to top the trip he took me with him and he recorded a song with Chico Hamilton a famous jazz musician and I had the pleasure to film the whole session for Arthur. That was a moment I will hold in my heart and mind forever, along with many more special moments. I Love You Cuz, your spirit will always live in me. ( Leon, you and all the family were very special to Arthur…Diane ) ________________________________________________________________

Date: Wed, Apr 04, 2012 / Name: Terrie Green / Location: West Hollywood, Ca

When we were little girls, my sister and I used to love to go with our parents to visit Arthur. He always lived in the coolest houses up in the Hollywood Hills. In one of those houses, he had a spare room completely void of furniture or anything. He used it to toss his spare change. The entire floor was covered with coins ! My sister and I would go in there and push all the coins into a big pile and then pour them over ourselves like Scrooge. One time we tried to count them but never finished.....

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Date: Sun, Jan 22, 2012 / Name: gray / Location: norwich uk

I started to hear the music of love back in the days I rode with bike clubs. the year before arthur got ill I took my now wife to see love at the waterfront in norwich. it was great and me and sara will not forget our first gig as a couple watching love. ________________________________________________________________

Date: Sun, Dec 25, 2011 / Name: Lee Eisenstein / Location: Pahoa, Hawaii

I had the great pleasure of hearing Arthur and Love at the Hullabaloo Club on the Sunset Strip, during the 60\'s. At one point in the superb show, the electricity went out. Brian, then began talking to the audience, appearing to be very relaxed, telling us to, \"bear with us.\" the sort of laughing and muttering to himself, said, \"Mama Bear, Papa Bear...Baby Bear...!\". I think Snoopy was on keyboards and played a phenomenal keyboard intro to that long, jam piece, which was fantastic. Mahalo to Arthur and company for the years of great, timeless music! ________________________________________________________________

Date : Wed, Dec 07, 2011 / Name: Robin Weeden / Location: Scotland

As a teenager growing up in London I heard The Castle from Da Capo and was really impressed. A friend later bought the Forever Changes album and when I heard the trumpets on Alone again Or I knew I had to have the album. Since 1967 its been my favourite album A few years ago my son bought me the Royal Festival Hall DVD for Christmas, and I watched it again yesterday. It still is the most beautiful set of songs I know. Thank you Arthur for leaving us this legacy to enjoy. ________________________________________________________________

Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 / Name: Larry / Location: Boston

The dalai lama tells us that life is like an ocean of suffering. thank you Arthur - your incredible, beautiful music kept me from drowning. My eternal love and gratitude wherever you may be now. om mane padme hum. ________________________________________________________________

Date: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 / Name: phil /

I live in Detroit Michigan I was born in 1967 the magic year as they say!!! I was put up for adoption in that year . When i got old enough i found Arthur Lee while i was around 9 or 10 yrs!!! We meaning my bad buddies went through a wooded area and there was a police impound yard full of cars we used to go through them to find 8 tracks!!! I found for ever changes took it home and played it for the first time in my life i felt i belonged to somthing!!!!! I owe u allot Arthur and wish i could tell u my story!! THANK U ARTHUR LEE !!!! ________________________________________________________________

Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 / Name: timmartin / Location: san bernardino,ca

my brother and i had the pleasure of watching Arthur and Love perform at the Hulabaloo on Sunset blvd numerous times in 66 and 67. It was pure magic. When that stage started to rotate and Arthur was tapping his tambourine to \"My little Red book\", it gave us chills. Arthur would always find the time to talk to his fans between sets. My brother, always made it a point to get a table next to the aisle where Arthur would walk by. He was very nice to us. We follow Love at many venues during the late sixties. Arthur and Bryan were musical geniuses. They were ahead of there time. I\'ll never forget those days.God bless you Arthur and thanks for your musical contributions, which will live in my heart forever ________________________________________________________________

Date: Wed, Mar 23, 2011 / Name: Rip Booker / Location: North Carolina

The first time I heard "7x7 Is" I was completely blown away. I had heard of the legendary "Forever Changes" but the record couldn't be found where I lived, but the guy in the record store(when they existed) talked about the recording in hushed tones and told me under no uncertain terms this was a must have record. I searched to no avail and gave up. I waited several years until "Forever Changes" came out in an expanded CD format from Rhino. I was simply floored by what I heard. I couldn\'t image how I had stopped searching for this recording. I immediately understood why this recording, group and man named Arthur Lee was spoken about with complete reverence. For all of the music I own, I can\'t compare "Forever Changes" to any of it. I can truly say the spirit of Arthur Lee seems to have been engrained on that recording and in turn within my conscience. Just simply amazing and well worth the wait. ________________________________________________________________

Date: Sun, March 06, 2011 / Jesse Kasper / Location : Toronto Canada

just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how elated I am to have just discovered Arthur and Love. I only decided to look up the band after hearing "the red telephone" from the movie Taking Woodstck. After much exploring and downloading the album Forever Changes from itunes, I spent hours listening to it over and over again. It absolutely BLEW me away. Arthur and the rest of Love are so talented and were ahead of their time when they composed and released this album. Listening to some of the music actually brought tears to my eyes. It put me in a certain mood that I cant explain. I just felt happy and free, with my spirit lifted. I dont want this to sound corny, but I am a new found FAN and cant beleive I have found this music. I am a huge Moody Blues fan and although their style is different, it puts me in the same sort of mood listening to their music and Love. I am so saddened to hear that Arthur passed away in 2006. His music is something that has left a lasting impression on me and my friends. I am 44 years old and Forever Changes was released the year I was born. I have since introduced it to my nephew and also my freind who is 23 and they were both blown away by it. You can be rest assured that a new generation has been introduced to Love and hopefully, it will continue on down through the generations to each new audience.   Please accept my thanks for the music and sincere sympathys on Arthurs passing. I write this on March 6th and I know tommorrow would have been his birthday. I wish he was still with us, but his legacy lives on through his music.   Peace! ________________________________________________________________

Date: Thu, February 10, 2011 / Name: randy lowder / Location: Houston Back in the 70\'s

Arthur did a solo album called Vindicator; which I think is one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time; but I\'m having trouble locating it. A little help? This album must be the most overlooked and underappreciated albums of all time. Songs include: Everybody\'s Got to Live, The mcdonald\'s song... Somebody help me find that album-mine\'s getting pretty scratched up!!!!! …. Randy, It can be ordered through Amazon.com. It’s one of my favorites too … ________________________________________________________________

Date: Sat, February 05, 2011 / Name: Jack Elias / Location: San Diego, CA

Arthur Lee, and Love, defined, literally, the peace and love movement of the late 1960s. ________________________________________________________________

Date: Sun, March 13, 2011 / Name: Paul Camarro / Location …

I'm so glad I found your website dedicated to Arthur Lee and Love and that I can share this image with those who can really appreciate it. Forever Changes is one of my favorite albums of all time. It was truly a sad day when this world lost Arthur Lee. I shot this photo of Arthur on December 5, 1970 when Love played The Fillmore East. It was a really great concert. The first act was a 3-man British group called Quatermass. Then Love performed their set followed by The Kinks, all while Joe's Lights created a fantastic visual background! All my best to you all, Paul Camarro

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Toronto, Ontario
Canada

I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how elated I am to have just discovered Arthur and Love. I only decided to look up the band after hearing "the red telephone" from the movie Taking Woodstock. After much exploring and downloading the album Forever Changes from itunes, I spent hours listening to it over and over again. It absolutely BLEW me away. Arthur and the rest of Love are so talented and were ahead of their time when they composed and released this album. Listening to some of the music actually brought tears to my eyes. It put me in a certain mood that I cant explain. I just felt happy and free, with my spirit lifted. I dont want this to sound corny, but I am a new found FAN and cant believe I have found this music. I am a huge Moody Blues fan and although their style is different, it puts me in the same sort of mood listening to their music and Love. I am so saddened to hear that Arthur passed away in 2006. His music is something that has left a lasting impression on me and my friends. I am 44 years old and Forever Changes was released the year I was born. I have since introduced it to my nephew and also my freind who is 23 and they were both blown away by it. You can be rest assured that a new generation has been introduced to Love and hopefully, it will continue on down through the generations to each new audience.
 
Please accept my thanks for the music and sincere sympathy’s on Arthurs passing. I write this on March 6th and I know tomorrow would have been his birthday. I wish he was still with us, but his legacy lives on through his music.
 
Peace! Kevin Jelley-Kasper.. March 06, 2011
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Location: Houston 
Story: Back in the 70's Arthur did a solo album called Vindicator; which I think is one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time; but I'm having trouble locating it. A little help? This album must be the most overlooked and underappreciated albums of all time. Songs include: Everybody's Got to Live, The mcdonald's song... Somebody help me find that album-mine's getting pretty scratched up!!!!!..... randy lowder … February 10, 2011
FYI: Randy was sent a reply & links where he can purchase.. Good Taste in Music Randy
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Location: San Diego, CA 
Story: Arthur Lee, and Love, defined, literally, the peace and love movement of the late 1960s… Jack Elias… February 05, 2011
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Location: pa usa 
Story: Bought the first love lp in 1966 at the age of 12. didn’t know what it would sound like till i got it home. My mind was blown and I was hooked. Every time a new record came out i bought it . Four Sail for me was a great summer lp in that hot hot summer. Finally got to see Arthur when he played here in Phila PA in 1993. Das Damen was the backing band. i was right against the stage and after Red Book shouted House is Not a Motel, he looked down at me and said its coming up next. When he put the maracas up to left side to do Orange Skies i had a big tears coming down my face. Saw him/Love many times after the last being the Town Hall NY show . I miss ya.  Bruce July 18, 2010
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Location: fla usa 
Story: Arthur's song Robert Montgomery: the vocal is spine chilling; It took me many years to catch on to that song. That's probably is one of the greatest tunes ever penned. It is perfect. This tune shows the world we are all Robert Montgomery. The arrangement of sound is complete. There is nothing left out and nothing missing. Arthur I wish I could shake your hand….James Travis July 10, 2010
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Location: Ireland 
Story: I went to the Garage show where Shack were the backing band in '92. I was very impressed, never having seen Arthur play before. I decided to go to the next night in Liverpool too, I was doing a lot of hitching at the time.

I talked to Arthur who said he'd put me on the guest list. I got to the gig, name wasn't down and paid in. It was a great show with a memorable Your Mind & We Belong Together as well as several other great song versions. Shack were a very good choice of backing band. i got backstage afterwards. Arthur asked me if I got in ok. Can\'t remember what I said, but came out that my name hadn't been down. Arthur gave me a refund out of his own pocket. I\'m still amazed.

Nice to see early teen photos of him cos he looks like I did around the same age minus glasses. People said I looked a bit like him as I went through my teens. Guess we're similar racially. . Stevo June 22, 2010 (See photo of Stevo in photo gallery Fan Photos ) _____________________________________________________________

Location: pa usa 
Story: Bought the first love lp in 1966 at the age of 12. didnt know what it would sound like till i got it home. My mind was blown and i was hooked. Every time a new record came out i bought it . Four Sail for me was a great summer lp in that hot hot summer. Finally got to see Arthur when he played here in Phila PA in 1993. Das Damen was the backing band. i was right against the stage and after Red Book shouted House is Not a Motel, he looked down at me and said its coming up next. When he put the maracas up to left side to do Orange Skies i had a big tears coming down my face. Saw him/Love many times after the last being the Town Hall NY show . i miss ya.  bruce '
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Location: California/New Hampshire
Story: In '65, in Philly, my friends had a band that played Little Red Book. That's when I first got turned on to LOVE and Arthur. In '66 I was living in S. Pasadena, and I saw and heard them in person at a Saturday afternoon gig at the Whiskey, (no alcohol for under-age music groupies). The entire LOVE playbook, but especially Forever Changes became a background for the years of my life, marriage, children, afterwards. In the '90's I saw Arthur in SF at the Bottom of the Hill Club, and it wasn't a good show... the musicians didn't know the music, and he was pissed off. Then, I saw him shortly after the Royal Festival Hall show of Forever Changes, in San Francisco at Bimbos, a pretty large venue. The band was great, Arthur was happy and right on, and the crowd knew every word of every song. We bumped into one another outside just before the show.

Today, I'm 59 going on 60. I've just listened to the Royal Festival Hall Forever Changes Concert for the first time, and I realize that Arthur's music have accompanied me, and made me happy, and inspired for 45 years now. 
What a fucking blessing! Rick Roberts May 17, 2010
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Location: Los Angeles 
Story: Love Forever Changes is still in my top five albums of all time. I remember my best friend buying the Rolling Stone Album Review Guide (Dave Marsh) was one of the reviewers. Love Forever Changes got 5 stars. We lived in New York City at the time (1987). We searched high and low for the album (at that time it was hard to find). We finally found it at Coloney Records at 49th st and Broadway. When I brought it back to my apartment a bunch of my college buddies were drinking beer and playing darts. They all looked at the album and started making fun of me for buying it. Now over 20 years later they all have bought it (some a few times album to cd) and we still listen to it today as it has just bonded us together even stronger than we would have ever been. The look on their faces when I first put that album on the record player and Alone again Or played was unforgettable, just like Love Forever Changes...God Bless You Arthur Lee!!!!! Mitchell R. April 19, 2010
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Location: San Fran 
Story: Wow-I’m happy there is a sight dedicated to Arthur and Love..they were simply an amazing band w/incredible talent. I was turned on about 12 years ago and was fortunate to see Arthur perform here twice and it was just Killer....Love Johnny Echols and Brian Maclean, RIP.....simply amazing tunes...saw the Love documentary and its GREAT………Jimmy Mack Feb 15, 2010
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Location: York, U
Story: I first fell in love with Love when I was at school. This was in 1967 and Id have been around 17. Id bought some LPs from a friend called Steve who was incredibly hip. Id was just getting in to what was then termed underground music, by listening to John Peel on Radio London, a pirate radio station on board a ship in the North Sea. Peel played a wide range of music by bands with esoteric names like The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Pink Floyd, The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, etc. These groups are household names now, but at the time, their very names seemed strange, and the music they played was so different to just about anything that had gone before. Another of the bands Peel featured was Love. I heard a few tracks but only enough to whet the appetite, not to satisfy.

The LPs I got from Steve (and I bought them blind - I wasn’t able to specify in advance what Id get, but I was a trusting soul) were The Velvet Underground & Nico (with peelable banana - how I wish Id kept that in perfect condition), Piper at the Gates of Dawn by the Floyd, The Doors 1st album, and the first two Love albums. I played all my new acquisitions to death and would have bored my friends but for the fact that they got into them too. With the Love albums, I not only played them over and over, but I wrote down all the lyrics, as best I could make out as they seemed just so like, there, man. Not only did Arthur Lee have an ear for incredibly catchy tunes, but he also had the gift of encapsulating in words the very essence of that whole summer of love thing.

At the time I was living in London, and I remember how knocked out I was when I saw Love play at the Greyhound in Croydon when they came over in 1970. And then I moved away from London, got married and, whilst retaining my love for the music, rather lost touch with Arthur and the various incarnations of the band as a result of getting married, having kids, being broke, setting up a business, etc - all the shit that makes it easy to stay in, and not travel to gigs. And then Arthur went to prison, and, I have to admit, I thought that Id never see or hear much from him again. But then the Internet came along, which enabled me to get in touch and keep in touch with people who shared my interests. And then I discovered that Arthur had been released from jail and that he was back in business again with an exciting new band, so I just had to see him again.

My first gig after Arthurs release was 27 August 2002 - in the Irish Centre in Leeds. I took my camera along and took numerous snaps of the band. The show was fantastic and I was very impressed with both Arthur, who had lost none of his magic, and the guys from Baby Lemonade who backed him so ably. After the show the band came out to meet and greet the fans and I got my first chance to speak to some of them, though not Arthur on this occasion.

I was hooked. This gig was followed by as many other gigs in the UK over the next three years that I could get to and I must have seen Love another nine or ten times in that period - including the legendary Royal Festival Hall show where they performed the whole of Forever Changes as a suite, complete with horns and strings. An amazing experience.

By the time the RFH gig had come along, Id taken hundreds of photos of Arthur and the band, and some of my pictures were used in the program and on the accompanying DVD. And that was incredibly pleasing for me. Even more thrilling was to meet Arthur and have my photo taken with him. This guy was one of my all-time greatest rock heroes, and here was I talking to him, getting his autograph, being snapped with him and taking many pictures of him.

And now, he’s gone. I won’t see him again. But I’ve been left a remarkable legacy. I’ve got just about everything he’s recorded and his songs are a living testimony to a remarkable man. Not always the easiest person to get along with - he wasn’t a saint and I’ve seen his darker side too on occasion - but someone who wrote and performed some of the finest rock music of the twentieth century….Chris Jones…Jan 19, 2010
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When I was 16 two of my friends & I would hitch hike or take the blue bus from Santa Monica & transfer to another bus & find our way to the Whiskey on Sunset. With fake ID's in hand get in to see Arthur Lee & the Love. We were not groupies just huge fans of his poetry, music & arrangements. I felt lucky to see Arthur in concert in my "fifties" in Chicago & to hear Forever Changes live again. The fans ranged from early twenties to 60 year olds. Diane- Arthur was a genius & was truly loved!
Barbra Edwardswhen I was 16 two of my friends & I would hitch hike or take the blue bus from Santa Monica & transfer to another bus & find our way to the Whiskey on Sunset. With fake ID\'s in hand get in to see Arthur Lee & the Love. We were not groupies just huge fans of his poetry, music & arrangements. I felt lucky to see Arthur in concert in my \"fifties\" in Chicago & to hear Forever Changes live again. The fans ranged from early twenties to 60 year olds. Diane- Arthur was a genius & was truly loved!
Barbra Edwards… Fri, Mar 18, 2011



I (now 64) first saw Love at the Bido in 1966. I went to Viet Nam in '68 and made a "Love Light", light box in an aircraft maintenance shack. In May 2002 I took my kids to see Arthur at the Knitting Factory-Hollywood and brought my \"Love Light\" and hooked it up on stage. Arthur saw it, liked it and SIGNED it. Not only is it the ONLY \"Love Light\" in existence, that I know of, but the only signed one, at least to Arthur\'s knowledge. No, it is definitely not for sale. ..See the light on Fan Photo page



Two years after I came back from Nam, "Snoopy" was playing at the "Spigot" in Santa Barbara and needed a percussionist for a song. I volunteered and played. That was the closest I ever got to playing with LOVE. Last fast story. I ( a member of the short-lived new "Dartells“ [of \"Hot Pastrami" fame], as we disbanded when our leader, original member and founder Dick Burns died 2 days after we finished the new album, "Mo' Pastrami" ) do a lot of Karaoke and I have an Out-take CD that contains the \"7 and 7 Is\" instrumental, which is perfect for doing the song in Karaoke. Finally, if I wore a hat, it would be off to "Start" Productions for the LOVE documentary. Submitted by.. Steve Schlah ~ California 2010.



Just a chance encounter I used to work for AAA in Los Angeles in the 80s and 90s. If you locked yourself out of your car, I was one of the guys who would get you in. Anyway, I was doing my usual night shift and I dropped in to say hi to my friends in the rock band Badlands who were practicing at Mates rehearsal studio in North Hollywood. It was in the early 90s. They were arguing so I went into the office to wait it out. When I walked in, there was a guy kicked back in a chair sitting there all by himself. Short hair, jeans, and a t-shirt-very unassuming. I didn’t pay much attention cause I was looking for Bobby the owner. But this stranger says, Hey, how’s it going man? I looked down at him, and he just seemed like the nicest guy-I said something like, Yeah, just workin tonight and taking a break. He goes, I’m Arthur man, what’s your name? I said, I’m Jim. We just started talkin-small talk you know? I have to admit I didn’t know him from Adam. I just remember he was really kind and easy going, he seemed pretty quiet too. Anyway, he told me his band was practicing here, and we talked some more. I finally asked him who his band was and he told me it was called Love. I exclaimed, HEY, I heard of you guys!! He kind of smiled and we talked a little more. I had to go on another call then, but I wished I could have talked to him awhile longer. He just had a friendliness to him you don’t often find in big cities like L.A. Especially people you just meet. I talked to a friend recently and related the story. He is a Love fan from way back and yelled at me that I met Arthur Lee. I looked into the bands history and realized I had met a legend. And that he had died. I cried. He just seemed like a guy you would love to have as a friend. Oh yeah, and what a talent. God bless you Arthur Jim McMellen, USA 2010



An amazing band w/incredible talent. I was turned on about 12 years ago and was fortunate to see Arthur perform here twice and it was just Killer....Love Johnny Echols and Brian MacLean, RIP....simply amazing tunes...saw the Love documentary and its GREAT .jimmy mack ~ 2010



2003 collapsed and v nearly died on my street of massive respiratory arrest!!! Intensive Care and what cd pulled me thru in hospital? “FOREVER CHANGES” reissue!!! Doctor in Edinburgh Infirmary wanted to know who were the group!!!! Saw Love in 2004 and 2005 plus Johnny Echols absolutely the best live band EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still love the man . What has happened to proper music Mike Randle Rusty Dave C and drummer AWESOME!!!!Arthur Lee you are so missed Love from Scottish Love FAN1!! Jerry Hepburn ~ 2010



First of all... a beautiful site. I write from Scotland. I never got to see Arthur lee and Love in real life but I have loved the Forever Changes album since I first heard it at the age of 15 or so in 1979. It was a word of mouth recommendation from a very cool girl at school! I have loved it since and have never been without a copy of the album in my car or home since (two vinyl copies and one CD... my various car cassette machines ate may tapes I'd copied for the car!). I have been on your site many times now and watched the videos which are great to see. The Glastonbury clip of "Bummer In The Summer" is from the BBC broadcast coverage of the Glastonbury Festival. Each year they do a very comprehensive weekend of broadcasting with interviews and special performances. I watched the very clip you have of "Bummer" live when it was on TV. It wasn't a rehearsal as such but a special performance for a section of the broadcast show which showed highlights of what acts had been on/ were due to perform. I remember being thrilled to see Arthur on TV and when the compere (Jo Whiley I am sure) introduced Arthur and Love (after a short interview if my memory serves me well) and they kicked into "Bummer In The Summer"... well I was blown away! It wasn't a rehearsal... it was a special off stage, in the restricted area, live performance for the BBC coverage! Wishing you all the best from Scotland, from a fan whose love of a long loved album grows every time I hear it (wasn't the CD re-master and package just wonderful a few years back?) Best Wishes ….. Stewart Morrison ~ 2010



Firstly I was introduced by a friend who burst into the car store I was working at the time with a huge smile on his face loudly saying "listen to this its amazing" Straight away with a store full of customers we went to the audio section and put in the cassette! Volume up and there it was the most fantastic, amazing wall of sound and orchestra that to this day still fills me with the same happy feelings it did thirteen years ago. Paul Burke of Wigan England thank you but most importantly the greatest thanks is to Arthur himself. I watched Arthur Lee five times since that day when he toured with his new band. Every single time, the most inspiring and energetic person I have ever watched, ever!! To lose yourself in a concert singing word for word knowing every inch of the album is truly the most enjoyable thing I have ever seen and been part of whilst watching a live performance. When a shop full of customers raise their head to say "what the hell is that" when “A house is not a motel” kicks in is another great memory of how this band and album has become part of my life for me and many of my friends, so thanks once again Arthur you'll be truly missed and your Love will rock on!!! Tony Wilkinson Wigan England ~ 2010



Love Forever Changes is still in my top five albums of all time. I remember my best friend buying the Rolling Stone Album Review Guide (Dave Marsh) was one of the reviewers. Love Forever Changes got 5 stars. We lived in New York City at the time (1987). We searched high and low for the album (at that time it was hard to find). We finally found it at Coloney Records at 49th st and Broadway. When I brought it back to my apartment a bunch of my college buddies were drinking beer and playing darts. They all looked at the album and started making fun of me for buying it. Now over 20 years later they all have bought it (some a few times album to cd) and we still listen to it today as it has just bonded us together even stronger than we would have ever been. The look on their faces when I first put that album on the record player and Alone again Or played was unforgettable, just like Love Forever Changes...God Bless You Arthur Lee!!!!! Mitchell R ~ 2010



Hello, I am a 44 year old classic rock junkie. I was much to young to see most of the bands that I listen to. I have quite a large record collection that I have aquired over the the years. I remember back in the early eighties when I stumbled on the Forever Changes album. It blew my mind and to this day it is still one of my top ten desert disks of all time. I have turned alot of people over the years to this album and other Love records . It is amazing that people seem to think that it is something that just came out today. The music is timeless and I will miss arthur lee in this world. Great website.
Steve B.



“At age 16 I was working at the the old Kaleidoscope on sunset near vine. All I did was hold a flashlight and make sure the fire exits were not being blocked. No pay but got to see the shows for free. There was a benefit for the local fm station whose employees were on strike. That night saw the doors Canned Heat, Bo Diddley, and the original Love among others play and donate there time. The Doors were mega stars at the time and had no reason to do the gig except that they wanted to contribute. But Love – one of there first live gigs in a while – only 5 or 6 songs – but amazing. They did Howling Wolf’s Smokestack Lightning which they should have recorded but never did. And believe it or not Revelations actually burned in concert compared to the lame studio version. So i got to go backstage with the band after the show. I kinda didn’t get too close cause of the scary rep they had. There was a girl there looking for Bryan who had already left, so Arthur looks at me and says come over here. He tells the girl hey he’s blonde and cute kinda like Bryan. She of course doesn’t want to know. So later I’m waiting at the bus stop for the buses to start running and a car pulls up and its the same young lady and finding out that she lives near me I get a ride from her and as it turns out she becomes my first girlfriend thanks to in a indirect way to Arthur. So years later I meet Bryan and tell him the story and thank him for spitting early that night. ha ha… He got a kick out of it. So besides this little story growing up in LA at that time with all the great bands around. Love was to me and thankfully many others-the one that mattered the most. The songs applied to everything you felt or were going through-you could relate to them -through good times-bad times-happy times-sad times. They were the soundtrack of my youth and still are. Thank you for allowing me to share this.”
- gerry-woodbridge-va




“Saw love the first time on the Strip in late 66 early 67. Literally changed my life {first Song} Still love the music as much as ever. Have a literal shrine to Arthur hanging in my Living room. Kids grew up asking who he is and I would tell them “Your uncle Arthur.” In High School The only thing we talked about was where they would be next. Hung out at Bobs on van Nuys Blvd but would spend the nights talking about love and following them around LA. As far as I am concerned, The greatest music ever written. Thanks for all you do!” – I. Borin




“Discovering the wonders of Forever Changes one Saturday afternoon soon after its UK release. I was 16 and feeling ill, and I’d asked my Mum and Dad to buy me the first Doors album when they went shopping in W.H. Smiths in Clacton. Either, they made a mistake of the shop didn’t have that album, so they bought me Forever Changes instead. I played it and played it and played it, and to this day it remains the most wondrous piece of music ever committed to vinyl. I always felt that copies of the album should be available free to folks on the NHS. I will be forever grateful to Arthur and the band for such a fab record, which I was so fortunate to see reprised live at the RFH and also down here in at the Brook here in Southampton with Rusty and co.” – Graham C., Southampton




Thanks to a fan of Arthur Lee & LOVE for his act of kindness in generously donating to Diane Lee two original vinyl L.P’s, not in Arthur’s personal collection, “Four Sail” & “False Start”. He wrote: Hi Diane. I must let you know how much I loved Arthur’s music. I’m a 55 year old working musician and have been since high school back in the 60’s. I saw LOVE many times back in the mid 60’s (Whiskey, Valley Music Theatre, etc.) and the revamped 2004 version (which was fantastic). Keep that flame burning. Hopefully some old LOVE tapes will be unleashed. All the best to you.




“Hi Diane. I’d never heard of Love until a chance situation in 2002 when I visited a local library and picked up a few cds to check out, some of which I had little idea of what to expect. One of them was the recently released Forever Changes remaster cd. Thanks God that I did. What an amazing artwork tapestry of sound. I have to say it’s in my top 10 favourite albums, and is the best sounding production I’ve ever heard. And I’m happy Diane that he had someone like you to take care of him in his time of need. He needed a stable person who could understand him and love him as it seems you do. God bless you, Art, and your baby bird!” -Son Dexter




“I became a fan of LOVE with their first lp. I was introduced to that first effort by my friend, Allen Goldblatt, when we were in college at the University of Washington. When FOREVER CHANGES came out, it was the Xmas holidays, and I was by myself in Seattle. I had not yet heard it, but I bought it the moment I saw it, took it back to my the rented room on 19th Ave NE that I shared with Allen. Alone, I dropped acid and put on the headphones. The first song broke my heart, the second song scared the shit out of me. This was no ordinary rock lp. This was something unique and wonderous. I wore out my first LP, and even owned it on 8 track AND 4 track! I saw LOVE live with opening act Rhinocerous (comprised of old pals of mine formerly of Daily Flash) in Los Angeles, and finally met Arthur face to face backstage in Vancouver Canada when my long time friend (and former Daily Flash guitarist) Craig Tarwater was playing lead guitar. LOVE opened for Jethro Tull that night. Saw the FOUR SAIL incarnation New Years Eve in Los Angeles, and finally the Baby Lemonade/LOVE in Seattle. My daughter, who was born in 1978, was right in front of the stage, dancing and singing along with every word of every song — she knows them all, and Arthur got the biggest kick out of someone so young being so familiar with his material. Standing next to me was, ironically, Daily Flash/Rhinocerous band members. What a night! I attended the “For Love of Arthur” at the Whiskey, and the premier of LOVE STORY. So, I saw LOVE live, met Arthur Lee face to face once, and talked to him on the phone once. His music has been part of my life since I purchased that first vinyle LP. Life goes on, and LOVE last forever.” -Burl B.




“I think everybody must remember where they were the first time they heard Alone Again Or. (Let us know if you do remember!) For me it was a high school summer, driving my car, just marveling at the beautiful guitar line and mariachi rhythms, and the building drama of the chorus that goes so close to the top and never over. Any sucker riding shotgun over the next two months would be subjected to this powerhouse lead-off track from Love’s third record. It’s important to not let Alone Again Or overshadow the rest of this classic disc. The masterful songs on Forever Changes manage to accept and transcend the sound of the era. In a Los Angeles scene where the Byrds were absent heroes and the Doors would shortly become immensely more popular, Love was and will remain the coolest, baddest group from this time and place. Forever Changes is one of those albums where every moment of sound is as thoughtful as the last. The tunes are led with an acoustic rock combo and string orchestra with horns. Lyrically, the album represents both the light and dark sides of the 60s; these were reportedly Arthur Lee’s last words, as he believed he was soon going to die, and in reality his band was falling apart. Tracks like Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale drive with a southern California sound forged by Love, part folk-psych and nearly part tropicalia. Lee’s voice is authoritative but welcoming on A House Is Not A Motel and lean electric guitar leads provide quintessential psych sounds. The poetry can get dark sometimes, in The Red Telephone with its suicidal hint, but it remains somewhat down-to-earth when “The snot has caked against my pants…” opens Live And Let Live. I have read all manner of scandal from contemporaries of Love, including one wondering why the band hadn’t chosen Hate for their band name. Their story, revolving around the genius of Arthur Lee won’t equal the story told on this record; while not a concept album or rock opera, it gives an eerie glow of some tale, or lesson never learned. A beautiful, haunting suite.” – Courtesy of TheRisingStorm.net




“I was saddened hearing that Arthur Lee had passed away. Having sold my vinyl collection some years ago I was looking to replace some of my favorite albums in the new format of CD’s. Stationed at an USAF base in 66-67 I purchased a LP of Love. I really like it, the Byrds, Dylan, Jimmie we’re great but Arthur Lee and Love was like an extension of me! In no time I had three LP’s. So recently 2008 I had some extra money and was looking for a Love LP to record on a CD and to my surprise it was available in CD format. Wow!! Forever Changes came in this afternoon…first thing I did was to slip it into the CD changer sit back and listen. Tapping my feet and singing away ;o) Now with the internet I wondered what information might be out there about Arthur. That’s when I found out he had passed….from a lofty high to a deep sadness what a rush. But to have know Arthur…enjoyed his music is all that matters. Peace Arthur.” Bob




“I first heard Love in 1966 on pirate radio in the UK, and later on the John Peel Show. I was struck by all the early singles, but “Alone Again Or” totally blew me away. I used to stand and stare at “Forever Changes” in the window of a record shop in South London on my way home from school, and thought the band looked really hip but dangerous! 38 years later, I found myself telling this story to Johnny Echols at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, at one of the UK premieres of “Love Story”. I first saw Love live at the Imperial College in 1970, and at the time thought it was amazing that I could still hear Arthur singing “Alone Again Or” three whole years after its release! I also saw Love at the Rainbow theatre in 1974, then not again till 1994 at the Garage, and two years later at the Powerhouse (with Baby Lemonade). I caught Arthur’s phenomenal return at the Concorde Brighton in 2002, then saw Love eighteen more times before Arthur departed. During this time, I made many good friends in the Love world including Mike Randle and David Housden. Two great monents for me were meeting Arthur for the first time at the Scala King’s Cross (where he signed my original “Forever Changes” album) , and seeing him onstage at Cambridge, where he voluntarily reached out and shook my hand. The last time I saw Arthur was at Brighton in 2005. Love’s music remains vital and timeless, and I now have “Forever Changes” (my all-time favourite album) in at least ten different formats. I also have just-about everything else by Love and Arthur, and have now added the “Love Story” DVD to my collection. Love on Earth Must Be!” John E




“Love had always been one of my favorites. A friend (Rick) at University of South Florida from Bradenton, FL was in a band with Ken Forssi, bass player for Love. When Ken moved out to Los Angeles, he said to Rick “I hope I can get into a good band out there.” A few years later, Forever Changes had recently been released and I was in the USAF at Randolph AFB (San Antonio TX). A few of us went to Austin (UT) for an anti-war rally/demonstration. While there, we went into an old building/office where I saw some magazines, one of them being an issue of Crawdaddy… had never seen it before. It had an article by Sandy Pearlman about Love’s Forever Changes and a funny Ed Sullivan scenario. While I was reading the article, a “G-man” came over, asked what I was reading, and may he see it. I said “sure”, he flipped through it, I guess deemed it “safe”, and he moved on. (I also noticed “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” scrawled on the wall. This was before Charles Manson, etc.) We had to leave before I could finish the article. I’ve been “googling” buzz words for the article for years to no avail. I wasn’t even sure that it was Crawdaddy. Never seen the magazine since, didn’t even remember the cover, until 2 days ago in Wolfgang’s Vault.” -D. Ross




“I’m a 32 year old woman from Toronto, Canada. I have been a fan of Arthur & Love since I was 18 when I heard Forever Changes for the first time. It was the first time in my life I have ever felt s! uch a connection with an album…I loved every song and thought that it was absolutely perfect – the lyrics, the arrangement – everything. I was to see Love play here in Toronto about 4 or 5 years ago, but damn customs wouldn’t let them cross the border (some nonsense about Arthur’s record). Mike (Randle) broke the news to me and I’ll never forget how devastated I was – I’ll always lament that I never got to see Arthur live, but his music lives on. I look forward to seeing Mike Randle or Baby Lemonade perform live one of these days. Thanks for creating this site.” – Michelle D.




“I saw LOVE in ‘66-67 at Hulabaloo, Hollywood! I’ve always been a big fan. Then in ‘69 with the Blue Thumb line-up at the Whiskey. Wow! Then an obscure concert wiyh the GO-GOS in L.A. THEN Arthur’s first official show after prison, at The Knitting factory, and several more after that doing the Forever Changes concerts! Pure magic and awe! I miss him.” -Bob Friedman




“One of my all time favourites, I first heard Forever Changes in 1968 when I was 17. I got to see Love at the Roundhouse, London, in 1970. The years went by, then in 2001 I found news of Arthur via the internet. A ! few months later he played in my home town, Southampton, UK, about half a mile from my home. I baked a large strawberry shortcak e for Arthur and the band, and finally got to meet him briefly. One of my prize possessions is my signed copy of Forever Changes. Love on Earth will be.” - Ainsley




“In about 1985 I was in a band with some mates at school back home in Chorley Lancs. I was about 14. The dad of one of the lads lent me Forever Changes – it was a nice original UK copy with the bright orange label and the silver lettering – and I was hooked. It’s probably still my favourite album though I like a lot of the later stuff on Out Here, Vindicator and Reel to Real. I first saw Arthur live in 1992 in London with Shack. The gig had been rescheduled by a month and I almost missed out – in the end I had to buy a ticket from a tout outside the venue (T&C 2 in Islington) for £22 (they cost £7 in advance). It was worth it though – a great gig, the UK pop glitterati was there – Bobby Gillespie, Blur, etc. – Arthur was on top form and Shack were really excellent. I went on my bicycle and had to carry the saddle around with me at the gig – the quick release made it easy prey for bike theives. I saw him again more recently in Florence (I live in Italy now). Again awesome stuff and glad I caught him again before he passed on. God bless Arthur and the other Love members over the years!” -Tony Smith




“Back in 1976, as a callow teenager in the depths of suburban England, I tracked down the Blue Thumb release of Out Here. I’d never heard Love before, but I knew they’d released work on the (! EMI) Harvest record label (one-time home to Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Be-Bop De Luxe) so I knew it would be interesting. And indeed, when I heard it my jaw dropped. It has to be one of the greatest albums in the history of rock, despite what the reviews say. I’m now involved with bandtoband (google it) where I did much of the research on Love. Any further info, corrections, amendments etc. are gratefully received. Big respect to all at this site.” – Matt Westwood