Love – Da Capo – Our Shootout Winner from 2010

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame

ONE OF THE BEST SIDE ONES WE’VE EVER HEARD on unusually quiet vinyl! Since side two is just one long track that we just can’t get too worked up about, this is EXACTLY the kind of copy we’d want to own. We had a chance to shootout a handful of copies recently and didn’t hear anything that could compete with side one of thie Elektra Gold Label Original Pressing. We are HUGE fans of Love and side one has three of our favorite songs by the band: Stephanie Knows Who, Orange Skies and Seven & Seven Is. Get ready to rock out with this one!

Compared to the other copies we played, this one had more impact, more power and more energy. The vocals are full-bodied and rich with excellent presence. Most copies we heard were pretty blurry down low, but you can actually make sense of the bass on this one. My notes say “It’s DOIN’ IT!” and I bet you’ll agree.

Side two is big and lively with realy weight down low. It doesn’t have all the presence or tubey magic of side one, but what can you do? It’s still a good sounding side for those of you who are actually going to play the 19 minute long track.

The vinyl plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, which is light years ahead of the typical trashed copies you find. (That is, if you find early pressings of this at all! We practically NEVER see original copies of any Love albums. They just ain’t out there. We can promise you the Sundazed stuff really doesn’t cut it.)

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Stephanie Knows Who
Orange Skies
¡Que Vida!
Seven & Seven Is
The Castle
She Comes in Colors

Side Two

Revelation

AMG  Review

The six songs that comprised the first side of this album when it was first issued are a truly classic body of work, highlighted by the atomic blast of pre-punk rock “7 and 7 Is” (their only hit single), the manic jazz tempos of “Stephanie Knows Who,” and the enchanting “She Comes in Colors,” perhaps Lee’s best composition (and reportedly the inspiration for the Rolling Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow”).”