To coincide with their farewell UK tour, The LOVE band featuring Johnny Echols have announced a very limited 7” single featuring two songs from the aborted 2005 LOVE album – and we’re thrilled to be premiering the B-side Tinsel Tears!
The release marks ECHOLS’ first recording since LOVE’s 1968 Your Mind & We Belong Together / Laughing Stock single which were the last recordings by the ‘classic’ line up that produced the landmark album Forever Changes.
Commenting on the tracks, guitarist Mike Randle explains: “Back in 2004, Rusty and I started working with Arthur on about four of his song ideas… Later in 2005 we played a LOVE band show at the Zodiac in Oxford, England, the day before the London King’s Cross bombing. This was the tour that Arthur was too ill to make. I sat at the bar with Rusty and (legendary record producer) John Leckie as he ran down his ideas of what a great Arthur Lee record would sound like. But we lost Arthur in 2006 and the demo’s and song ideas were forgotten about.
“That was 14 years ago. After chatting with our manager and agent in the UK, we decided to pull two of the songs out and give them another look and after arrangement ideas and contributions from David Green, Dave Chapple and Johnny Echols, we had two finished songs. Johnny had me sing certain words a certain way: “This is how WE would sing THAT word!” Priceless times, folks! We also brought in Brian Wilson band member and multi-instrumentalist Probyn Gregory (who had served as an occasional touring member of LOVE since 1995) to play some trumpet on the recordings that were captured by Dave Chapple in his garage studio in LA.
“So, in a way, these tunes are a tribute to all of the friends and fans who were involved in the LOVE 2002-2005 comeback story, but especially to Arthur Lee and Gene Kraut, who are no longer with us but are absolutely and forever interwoven into the melodious fabric of these songs. We hope you like them.”
Liverpool’s love affair with the cult Los Angeles band has been well documented, with their seminal album inspiring generations of Liverpool musicians to try something new. Now is the final time to see any semblance of the original group perform live, as original guitarist JOHNNY ECHOLS joins The Love Band on their farewell UK tour, celebrating the life and work of the group’s famed songwriter and musician, the late Arthur Lee.
Coinciding with the tour, The Love Band featuring Johnny Echols will release the limited edition 7” single (500 numbered copies) entitled Are We OK backed with B-side Tinsel Tears, on 26th June.
Tune in below and don’t miss the once in a lifetime chance to witness The Love Band live and in action at Liverpool’s Grand Central Hall.
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