This was Love’s 6th studio album and should be described as Marmite – people either love it or hate it. I think those that hate it are comparing ‘False Start’ to their first 3 albums - ‘Love’, ‘Da capo’and ‘Forever Changes’. This is unfair, as music had moved on since those albums and Love had undergone massive personnel changes since. They lost Bryan MacClean who wrote many of the songs on those first 3 albums and Johnny Echols their lead guitarist. As a result, the band changed direction from folk rock/psychedelic rock to a more blues rock outfit.
Arthur Lee was the constant, and on this album he got help from his old friend Jimi Hendrix, who helped arrange ‘The everlasting first’ and also played lead guitar on it. The whole album was heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, which is why it may not be appreciated by Love’s earlier fan base.
Love - False start
TITLE: False start
CAT NO: SHVL 787
FORMAT: Vinyl gatefold LP album