Review: Love Revisited

Love Revisited

Love Revisited - Credit: Archant

This reunion show to mark 10 years since Arthur Lee died is a triumph – and far more than a tribute act.

Love Revisited

Norwich Arts Centre

It's a decade since the death of Arthur Lee – the enigmatic frontman of psychedelic band Love, whose heyday was in the 1960s and 1970s.

Playing under the moniker of Love Revisited, founder member Johnny Echols and foursome Baby Lemonade (who constituted the final incarnation of Love before Lee died) are touring to mark this 10-year anniversary.

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Such legends as Robert Plant and Jim Morrison are/were big fans of Love, with the former apparently naming the 1967 classic Forever Changes as one of his favourite albums.

The Echols-led line-up of today brilliantly brings the songs of a bygone era to life. It's easy to see why Love's reputation has maintained such respect, and a little puzzling as to why they never really achieved greater mainstream success.

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The set focuses on the first three albums, Love, Da Capo and Forever Changes, with virtually the whole of the last of those getting an airing. The playing is tight, and the layered vocals and harmonies stand out.

You I'll Be Following is an early highlight, but in truth there's barely a dip throughout the evening. The venue isn't full, but it's clear there remains a staunch Love fanbase in this neck of the woods, and they are treated to a performance that does full justice to Lee's legacy.

Before we know it, Red Telephone arrives as part of a five-song encore, along with Seven and Seven Is, and it's one of those sets that seems to be over as soon as it's started – so often a sign of a good show.

Echols and Baby Lemonade have managed to walk the tightrope between making the songs their own without losing the spirit of the originals – no mean feat. Superb.

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