Love (Love album)

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Studio album by Love
Released March 1966 (1966-03)
Recorded December 1965 - January 1966
Studio RCA Studios, Hollywood
Length 36:03
Label Elektra
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Professional ratings
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Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Love is the eponymous debut album by the Los Angeles-based rock band Love.


Twelve of the album's fourteen tracks were recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood on January 24–27, 1966. The remaining two tracks ("A Message To Pretty" and "My Flash On You") come from another, undocumented session.

Love is a folk rock[1] and garage rock[2] album. One of the first rock albums issued on then-folk giant Elektra Records, the album begins with the group's radical reworking of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David song "My Little Red Book." It features a guitar line that Syd Barrett altered considerably (although not unrecognizably so) in writing his own "Interstellar Overdrive", released on Pink Floyd's album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. The album also features "Signed D.C." (allegedly a reference to one-time Love drummer Don Conka), and the poignant "A Message to Pretty".


The album sold about 150,000 copies.[3]


The stark instrumental "Emotions" is used uncredited in Haskell Wexler's 1969 film Medium Cool as a recurring theme.

"My Little Red Book" was featured over the final credits of the movie High Fidelity in 2000, and the Beverly Hills, 90210 episode "Alone at the Top" in 1995.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Arthur Lee, except where indicated. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Little Red Book"   Burt Bacharach, Hal David 2:38
2. "Can't Explain"   Lee, John Echols, John Fleckenstein 2:41
3. "A Message to Pretty"     3:13
4. "My Flash on You"     2:09
5. "Softly to Me"   Bryan MacLean 2:57
6. "No Matter What You Do"     2:46
7. "Emotions"   Lee, John Echols 2:01
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You I'll Be Following"     2:26
2. "Gazing"     2:42
3. "Hey Joe"   Billy Roberts 2:42
4. "Signed D.C."     2:47
5. "Colored Balls Falling"     1:55
6. "Mushroom Clouds"   Lee, John Echols, Ken Forssi, Bryan MacLean 2:25
7. "And More"   Lee, Bryan MacLean 2:57

2001 CD reissue[edit]

The 2001 CD issue presents both stereo and monaural mixes and adds as bonus tracks an alternate take of "Signed DC" and "No. Fourteen", the B-side to the "7 and 7 Is" single.



According to the box set Love Story, the tracks "A Message To Pretty" and "My Flash On You" may feature John Fleckenstein on bass and Don Conka on drums in place of Forssi and Pfisterer.


  • "My Little Red Book" b/w "A Message to Pretty" (Elektra 45603)
  • "No. Fourteen" (from these sessions, B side of "7 & 7 Is" - Elektra 45605)
  • "Hey Joe" (B side to rare "Que Vida!" single - Elektra 45613)


  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Love, Love: Album Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Rob Chapman (1 September 2015). Psychedelia and Other Colours. Faber & Faber. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-571-28275-3. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, James (4 August 2006), Arthur Lee (1945-2006),, retrieved 4 October 2016 
  4. ^ "Alone at the Top". Beverly Hills 90210. 22 February 1995. Retrieved 12 December 2009.