Da Capo – Love (1967)

Album no. 83/1001

Love were an American band who had minimal commercial success, but were later critical darlings. If you’re into stuff before it was popular, get around this.

Da Capo is Love’s second album. And the first to feature a woodwind section, for better or worse. It also follows Blonde on Blonde and Freak Out! as one of the earliest albums records to dedicate an entire side to a single song, in this case the eighteen minute ‘Revelation’. A dubious honour.

Have you listened to this album before?

NK: Nein!

CL: No I haven’t heard of ‘Love’ as a band before.

Standout track

NK: ‘She Comes In Colours’ (or ‘colors’ if you are american or can’t spell oh wait that’s the same thing). It has a nice Doors-y organ/harpsichord breakdown in the middle, and it’s a fun lyric. I wonder if the Stones had heard this when they were writing ‘She’s A Rainbow’. ‘¡Que Vida!’ is fun as well.

CL: This is such a strange collection of songs. The opener ‘Stephanie Knows Who’ is pretty raunchy, then in two tracks time we’re listening to this weird easy-listening, psuedo-samba flute thing. It’s very weird. THEN if you make it through the first 6 songs, you’ll find yourself engulfed in an EIGHTEEN MINUTE LONG JAM. That is way too long for any sort of song.  Although in ‘Seven And Seven Is’ I do like the line:

“if I don’t start crying it’s because that I have got no eyes”

When would be the best time to listen to this?

NK: I do not know. This sounds like a band that hasn’t decided on a direction. Maybe listen when you’re desperately trying to sort out an internal conflict of some sort?

CL: When you want to listen to some yaz flu.

Why has this album been included on the list?

NK: Maybe using the flute in pop music? Paving the way for Jethro Tull?

CL: This is a pretty bizarre album. It’s almost like there are two bands at war with each other – the pretty rocking guys vs the pretty flute boys.  There are a lot of things happening here, the least of which is that flute – it’s in almost every song.

NK: What team are you on? I am possibly on team the pretty flute boys! Those songs are a bit better than the old 18 minute number.

Will you be listening again?  

NK: Hmmmmmmmm. I found this album more confusing than enjoyable. It’s a bit all over the shop. They have another album coming up relatively soon, so I will reserve judgement until I hear that.

CL: I don’t know! I actually didn’t mind some of the songs – but I’ll take a pass on the 18 minute jam thanks.

Rating

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Da Capo on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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