New label to release Love’s “Black Beauty”

march 31, 2011 » Goldmine
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Anonymous

On June 7, High Moon Records–the new boutique reissue label–will launch with ‘Black Beauty,” the never-before-released masterpiece by Arthur Lee”s legendary psychedelic rock band Love. Set for release on CD, vinyl, and digitally, ‘Black Beauty” contains all ten original songs recorded in 1973 as well as rare bonus tracks, beautiful packaging with detailed liner notes by Ben Edmonds and never-before-seen photographs. The album was re-mastered by GRAMMY-winner Dan Hersch (Ramones, Alice Cooper).

Love is widely considered one of the most influential bands of the psychedelic era, and ‘Black Beauty” has long represented the Holy Grail for Love enthusiasts. Shelved shortly after its completion when Lee”s then-label Buffalo Records folded, ‘Black Beauty” was previously available only as a low quality bootleg. David Fricke wrote about the album in his guide to Arthur Lee and Love bootlegs for Rolling Stone: “Black Beauty might have been received as a strong comeback for Lee, a turn to steamy R with heavy-guitar punch — if it had come out.”

‘Black Beauty” is the missing link in a catalog that also includes ‘Forever Changes,” the classic 1967 Love album the New York Times called “one of the most affecting and beguiling albums of all time.” It features Lee”s first all-black lineup and marked his return to the studio after his 1972 solo debut ‘Vindicator” for A Records.

Arthur Lee – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Melvan Whittington – Lead Guitar
Robert Rozelle – Bass
Joe Blocker – Drums, Percussion

Co-founded by George Wallace (President), J.D. Martignon (Vice President) with Craig Hyman (General Manager/Consultant), High Moon Records is New York City-based reissue label, specializing in unearthing exceptional, rare, previously-unreleased, and out-of-print material on CD, vinyl, digital, DVD, and books — from the “60s, “70s and beyond. The catalogue will comprise essential releases, ranging from lesser-known gems, to cult legends, to acknowledged music visionaries.

“We are honored to be launching our label with a record as singular/special as ‘Black Beauty’,” says Wallace. “It is that rarest of Rock artifacts: a never-before-released, full-length studio album, from an undisputed musical genius. With ‘Black Beauty,” Arthur Lee manages to combine searing “70?s rock with gorgeous melodies and stellar songwriting – all topped off by one of the most astounding vocal performances I”ve ever heard in any genre of music.”

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