Carolottia Strickland | 09/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed this album!! Arthur Lee's songs are great. The album is different than other Love releases, but I think that's just Arthur being bored of doing the same old thng."
For those who like their Love raw and ragged!
Mr. John L. Ward | Manchester, England | 05/05/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It needs to be stressed at the outset that this album is NOT in any way a sequel To 'Forever Changes'. With its minimalist titles and lyrics, it is the very antithesis of the much loved existential masterpiece. And yet 'False Start' does have a charm of its own. The Jimi Hendrix contribution to the opening track ('The Everlasting First') is well known and leaves the listener gasping for breath. But Hendrix was not the only lead guitarist on the record. In 1972 Jay Donnellan (Love's brilliant guitarist on 'Four Sail' and 'Out Here') was interviewed about his own dismissal from the band. He told how he had turned up as usual at the studio one day only to receive the following greeting from Arthur Lee: "Hullo - another cat's playing your licks today." The "cat" in question was Gary Rowles- whose pyrotechnical guitar work helps to give such a gloriously raw and ragged feel to this album. Add to this Arthur's fine 'Seven and Seven Is' style vocals and the soulful harmonies from half member Noony Ricket and you have a piece of work that is unique in the Love canon. When I first bought this album in 1971, I was appalled. Now I wouldn't be without it - not least because it serves as a document of Love's historic 1970 visit to the UK - their first outside the States. The BGO CD issue is fine - but the harder to find MCA version is more faithful to the colouring of the original Blue Thumb and EMI Harvest releases."
Out with a wimper
Pete P | minnesota | 07/16/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Let me start by saying i'm a huge love fan. but a earlier reviewer called this love's second best album. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. this is love's worst album, by far. the album is around 30 minutes. the lyrics seem like they were made up on the spot. the songs sound like they were thrown together very quickly, not developed after the initial inspiration. if not for the everlasting first and keep on shining, this would be totally worthless.
after hearing this i'm glad love called it quits after this album.
(i'm not counting reel to real, because its really a solo album, with about 20 musicians on it. if you realy want to hear love at their best, get their first 4 albums."