No West Coast band put a deeper psychedelic spin on the mid-60s' burgeoning folk-rock scene than Love. And during a 12-month period between late 1966 and 1967, no group rivaled Arthur Lee and company's freewheeling imagination and musical blend. Love's tenure was brief, but its impact and influence will forever loom large. Home to the collective's lone Top 40 hit, Da Capo is psychedelia at its best: a thoroughly original, vivid, unrestrained canvass for Lee's beautiful, eclectic ideas and pioneering sonic journeys.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited-edition Hybrid SACD of Da Capo presents the album in living color. Interwoven textures, delicate accents, hand-stitched details, and wide-spanning dynamics integral to each song's framework and function emerge with three-dimensional perspective. MoFi engineers painstakingly ensured that the disc breathes with tube amplifier-like warmth and transparency, characteristics tethered to the era's finest recordings.
Background woodwinds, horns, and vintage organs occupy distinct spaces, while the soundstage boasts both excellent depth of field and width. A cult classic since its original release in January 1967, Da Capo greatly expands on the experimentation of the Beatles' Revolver and predates the Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request, Fab Four's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn by months.
Executed by an expanded seven-piece lineup, Da Capo encapsulates baroque pop, proto punk, bossa nova, garage rock, and hard-driving jazz. Its limits are bounded only by Lee's scope, and the Memphis native remains unbounded throughout.
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