Love - Four Sail
Label: Sundazed Music – LP 5103
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Originally Released: 1969
Style: Psychedelic Rock
A1 August 5:00
A2 Your Friend And Mine - Neil's Song 3:40
A3 I'm With You 2:45
A4 Good Times 3:30
A5 Singing Cowboy 4:30
B1 Dream 2:49
B2 Robert Montgomery 3:34
B3 Nothing 4:44
B4 Talking In My Sleep 2:50
B5 Always See Your Face 3:30
Art Direction – William S. Harvey
Backing Vocals – Frank Fayad (tracks: B1, B2), George Suranovich (tracks: B1, B2)
Bass – Frank Fayad
Coordinator [Production] – Jac Holzman
Drums – Drachen Theaker (tracks: A2 to A4), George Suranovich (tracks: A1, A5 to B5)
Engineer – George Gaal
Illustration – Peter Schaumann
Lead Guitar – Jay Donnellan
Lead Vocals, Piano, Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar, Congas – Arthur Lee
Photography By – Ed Caraeff
Producer, Engineer [With] – Arthur Lee
Written-By – Donnellan (tracks: A5)
Written-By, Arranged By – Arthur Lee
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After having loved their debut, Da Capo, and Forever Changes I was a little skeptical when I first popped Foursail into my record player. How could Arthur Lee possibly reform Love after coming off of an album that many consider one of psych rock`s greatest?
After listening to Foursail, I realize that the acoustic symphonies of Forever Changes are long gone, but replaced by a much more powerful, dynamic rock sound, reminiscent of Cream and Zeppelin at times. In strong contrast with Forever Changes, which was Arthur Lee's death letter to the world, Foursail abandons the longer lyrical patterns for shorter, yet equally witty lyrics. Jay Donnallen shines on lead guitar; every solo just booms with intensity and originality, which almost makes you forget the abscense of Johnny Echols.
Still present are the complex rhythm changes that Arthur Lee loves so much, and shows that he can still execute to perfection. While Foursail is not the masterpiece that Forever Changes was, and not as experimental as Da Capo, there is still something to be said for just putting out an exceptionally "cool" album. The track listing does not contain anything of the magnitude of "You Set the Scene" (which I personally consider one of the greatest songs in rock n roll), yet songs like "August", "Robert Montgomery", and "Singing Cowboy" boast excellent guitar riffs, and lyrics that you just can't help but sing along to.
"Good Times" is another song off of the album that really just stuck with me. Although the band is different, songs such as "Neil's Song" and "Dream" remind us that Arthur Lee is still at the helm, which means the lyrics are dark and mysterious, despite the campy, sing-songy feeling evoked by "Neil's Song". To cap off the album, Lee ends with "Always See Your Face", a beautiful song that blends the horn sounds of Forever Changes with his newer rock sound characteristic of the rest of the album. Foursail is not the experimental delight that Da Capo was, nor the everlasting classic that Forever Changes is. Keeping this in mind, Foursail is an essential for any Love fan, or any fan of late 60's acid rock.
Lee still proves that he is more than just another psychedelic rock band with Foursail, putting his newly-formed band on the top of the rock pedestal of 1969. This album has been unfairly forgotten, and deserves (in my opinion)to earn recognition in the top 50 or so rock albums. Please explore this album and other works by Love so we can all experience the musical genius that was and still is Arthur Lee.
ARTHUR LEE & LOVE - Good Times