You've probably heard the story, or strains of it anyway. Love's secondary songwriter Bryan MacLean, who penned "Alone Again Or" for one, left the group under conflicted circumstances shortly after their masterpiece Forever Changes was released. The consensus seems to be that Bryan, who was a major factor in the baroque production that graced Forever Changes, was uncomfortable with the Hendrix-ian route Arthur Lee wanted to take. These solo tracks that MacLean recorded during those years, while still in Love and shortly thereafter, seem to strengthen that notion. The tunes on Ifyoubelivein are mostly the bare bones for what may have been a post-Forever Changes orch-psych masterpiece, but went unreleased in any form until the late 90s, as MacLean pretty much drop
ped out of the biz in the late 60s and found Jesus. The recordings have a folksy feel to them, and a stark, haunting quality, with the quivering melodicism and psychedelic imagery MacLean brought to Love. Essential for even novice Love fans, and a testament to Bryan MacLean's role in one of the greatest rock groups ever, a role somewhat unfairly overshadow
ed by Arthur Lee. Titles include "Barber John", "Fresh Hope", "Kathleen", "Alone Again Or", "Friday's Party", "If You Believe In", and "Old Man".
(On colored vinyl!)