Two really wild records from underground singer/songwriter Arthur Lee
Harper – an artist who might have been a folk singer a few years before, but who sounds a lot trippier on this pair of late 60s recordings! Dreams & Images boasts production from Lee
Hazlewood and arrangements by Don Randi – both bigger names who work here in really subtle ways – especially Lee
, given how different most of Harper's music is from his own recordings. There's a great undercurrent of sadness – those gentle strings and blue notes that Hazlewood might cut through with his own wry wit – but which Arthur
takes as a cue to open up with some of the most heartbreaking sides of his vocals. Titles include "Sunshine Soldier", "Children Once Were You", "Blue Museum", "Living Circa 1920", "Valentine Gray", "Dreams & Images", and "Pandora". Love Is The Revolution is a bit more upbeat at times – with some expanded instrumentation that really helps flesh out the more psychedelic corners of Lee
's songwriting – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Flowers After Childhood", "Light Up Your Man", "New Day", "Annie Moore", "I/Soldier/Time Love", and "My Woman".