Ireland, April 2. 2003
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My Little Red Book
Your Mind And We
Alone again or
A house is not a motel
Between clark and hilldale
Live and let live
Good humour man
Bummer in the summer
You set the scene
Everybody’s Gotta Live / Instant Karma
My Flash On You
Always See Your Face
Seven & Seven Is
The Irish Times April 8th 2003
Love With Arthur Lee
The Village, Dublin
Dublin's newest venue - basically the Mean Fiddler with a facelift - was the
scene for the triumphant return of the original funky psychedelic folkie, whose
1967 album, Forever Changes, pops up in best-album-of-all-time lists with Pet
Sounds and Revolver.
Now 59, Lee is playing catch-up after a spell in jail on firearms charges,
getting out just in time for a massive resurgence of interest in classic albums
and their makers. He played an impressive gig at the Ambassador last year, but
tonight he's got something special up his ruffled sleeve. With his old LA rival
Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds for the delight and delectation of
dad-rockers, nothing will do Lee but to recreate Forever Changes live.
A strident tambourine called the assembled to order as Lee warmed up with My
Little Red Book, Orange Skies and Your Mind and We Belong Together.
Lee's music is perfect for playing live, with its dips and swoops, its abrupt
slowdowns and sudden gallops, and its wild swings between minors and major
sevenths. Add Mark Randall's blinding lead guitar and that would be sufficient
for a Summer of Love sensation.
When the eight-piece orchestra came on, however, the Love parade really gained
momentum, and we were swept along by Forever Changes. Alone Again Or teased with
its choppy chorus and finger-picking breakdowns, then delivered a blast of solo
trumpet. Live And Let Live stormed ahead with its hard-rocking hippy polemic,
stopping only to exhort us to "ask our leaders why". You Set The Scene
was a spectacular finale.
If there was a whiff of showbiz in the encore and a touch of the Wilson Picketts
in Lee's shimmies, you'd have to forgive him, wouldn't you?