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Reel to Real

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Love‘s 1974 studio record! Reel To Real captures Arthur Lee and Love at the peak of their rock/funk/soul powers.

Originally recorded and released in 1974 on RSO Records, this beautifully packaged, deluxe reissue features vibrant, remastered audio from the original tapes, a 32-page booklet with an illuminating essay by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, and a trove of candid, unpublished photos.

Armed with a major label budget and a powerful, intuitive band, he dug deep into the blues, soul, and rock grooves that first inspired him, reaching out to a new audience with his fierce and forward-thinking personal vision. The album features Arthur’s beloved Black Beauty band: drummer Joe Blocker, guitarist Melvan Whittington, and bassist Robert Rozelle — who Lee referred to as “cats who can play funky and rock” — augmented by guitar-ace John Sterling and cameo appearances by legendary guitarists Harvey Mandel and “Buzzy” Feiten.

To a palette of stinging guitars, explosive brass (arranged by Arthur Lee), deep funk bass and clavinet, splashes of spacey synthesizer, and dream-team female backing vocals, Arthur Lee brought his funkiest and most soulful collection of songs, channeling the most visceral vocal performances he ever committed to tape.

Bonus tracks include 11 revelatory, previously-unreleased tracks from the original sessions, including alternate takes and mixes, live-in-studio rehearsals, and 4 newly-discovered Arthur Lee originals: “Do It Yourself,” “I Gotta Remember,” “Somebody,” and “You Gotta Feel It.” These songs (three fully-produced rockers, and a spare, Imagine-era John Lennon-by-way-of Sly Stone studio sketch) were previously unknown to all but their original participants, and present a major addition to Arthur Lee’s catalog. Other bonus track highlights include the guitar fury in the extended, alternate mix of “Busted Feet,” the eccentric and darkly-comic single mix of “You Said You Would,” and an impromptu studio rehearsal of Forever Changes outtake “Wonder People (I Do Wonder).” This ultra-rare bonus material fills out the picture of a fearless, agile and very funky ensemble, led by a masterful singer- songwriter at his feral, exultant best.

credits

released August 18, 2018

Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica—Arthur Lee
Drums—Joey Blocker
Bass—Sherwood Akuna
Bass—Robert Rozelle (Tracks 6, 7 & 10)
Rhythm and Lead Guitar—Melvan Whittington
Slide and Rhythm Guitar—John Sterling
Congas—Herman McCormick
Lead Guitar—“Buzzy” Feiten (Track 3)
Acoustic Guitars—Arthur Lee and Art Fox (Track 5)
Electric Guitars—Harvey “The Snake” Mandel (Track 5)
Vibes—Joey Deaguero (Track 8)
Acoustic Guitar—Arthur Lee (Track 11)
Keyboards (Organ, Clavinet, Piano)—Bobby Lyle
Arp Synthesizer—Gary Bell
Background Vocals—Vanetta Fields, Carlina Williams, Jesse Smith
Horns—Clifford Solomon, John Clauder, Fred Carter, Wilber Brown, Alan DeVille, and Billy Sprague
Horn Arrangements—Miles Grayson and Arthur Lee
Cover Painting: Ron Durr
Photography & Layout: Barry Feinstein
Public Relations: Gibson, Stromberg and Jaffe
Direction: Bruce Michael Reiley & Skip Taylor
A very special thanks to Bill Oakes and Robert Stigwood along with Agnes Lee, Ken Powell, Lee Phillips, Danny Kreski, Sharon Wixom, Kathy Nelson, Wotan, Odin and Keith Moon

PRODUCED FOR RELEASE BY GEORGE BAER WALLACE AND J.D. ‘MIDNIGHT’ MARTIGNON
HONORING AND PRESERVING THE MEMORY OF ARTHUR LEE: DIANE LEE
PROJECT COORDINATION: BIRDIE BREEZE, LUCAS VAN LENTEN, PATRICK WHALEN
LINER NOTES: DAVID FRICKE
ESSAY: STEVEN ROSEN
RESEARCH & COMPILATION: BILL INGLOT
MIXING OF BONUS TRACKS BY BRIAN KEHEW & BILL INGLOT AT TIMELESS STUDIO, NORTH HOLLYWOOD
MASTERED BY DAN HERSCH & BILL INGLOT AT d2 MASTERING, ATWATER VILLAGE, CA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN STERLING
PHOTOS ON PAGES 9, 14, & 19 COURTESY OF ED “THE FREEDOM MAN” TOUSSAINT
ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: STEVE STANLEY FOR NOW DESIGNS
EDITORIAL SUPERVISION: SHERYL FARBER
ARCHIVAL MATERIALS PROVIDED BY DAVID HOUSDEN & ED “THE FREEDOM MAN” TOUSSAINT
PUBLICITY: GIRLIE ACTION
LEGAL REPRESENTATION: PAUL SOMMERSTEIN

HIGH MOON RECORDS WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:
DIANE LEE, DAVID FRICKE, SKIP TAYLOR, JOHN STERLING, JOE BLOCKER, SHERWOOD AKUNA, J. NAYER HARDIN, BILL INGLOT, BRIAN KEHEW, STEVEN ROSEN, BILL OAKES, ZOE SANDLER, STEVE STANLEY, SHERYL FARBER, BEN EDMONDS, DAVID HOUSDEN, ED TOUSSAINT, KRISTAN CROSSLEY, CANDI & DAN HERSCH, KEVIN GRAY, FELICE ECKER, PAM NASHTEL LETO, ABBY REUTZEL, GLENN DICKER, TOR HANSEN, PERRY HARRELL, CHARLIE PAINTER, MICHAEL PETKOV, PAUL SOMMERSTEIN, DAN PERLOFF, RAMON WELLS, SHARON GOODING-WALDRON, DAVID RODRIGUEZ, PAUL GOLD, AARON ZYCH, JUDITH JAMISON, PETE MAUNEY

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