TITLE: Da Capo
YEAR RELEASED: 1967
CHART ACTION: #80
SINGLES: 7 and 7 Is (#33), She Comes in Colors, Que Vida
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Orange Skies
LINEUP: Arthur Lee, Brian MacLean, Johnny Echols, Ken Forssi, Snoopy Pfisterer, Tjay Cantrelli, Michael Stuart
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album from LA scensters reveals a lot about themselves and their eclecticism.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The second album from Love shows a band that was confident in many motifs. The big single (“7 and 7 Is”) was hard rock for 1966, “Que Vida” was an amalgam of styles, and “Orange Skies” and “She Comes in Colors” were brilliant sunshine pop.
The first side was a brilliant 1967 psychedelic pop-rock record. I’d maybe resequence it, but that’s a quibble. Then there’s the second side.
“Revelations” was the only cut on side two. Dylan and Zappa had done in 1966, but those were on double albums. Here, Love devoted an entire side to a rambling, long, jam that started out with Bach, and then incorporated Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker. It had everything a 60’s psychedelic band threw at their audiences – drum solos, woodwind excursions, harmonicas, guitar solos, meandering jams. The works.
After such a brilliant side one, it was such a come down to flip the record over. That wouldn’t be a problem on their next album.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Snoopy Pfisterer moved to harpsichord and keyboards for this album from drums, instruments he was much more comfortable in playing.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A reissue with mono and stereo mixes.
GRADE: B: Six fantastic tracks on side one (even if the sequencing is a bit off for me), then that jam on side two.