New York, September 11, 2015: Love's Black Beauty is that rarest of rock artifacts: an unreleased full-length studio album from an undisputed musical genius. Originally recorded in 1973, Black Beauty remained unreleased for 40 years. It is the missing link in a catalog that includes Forever Changes, the classic 1967 Love album the New York Times called“one of the most affecting and beguiling albums of all time.” With Black Beauty, Arthur Leemanages to combine searing 70’s-rock with gorgeous melodies and stellar songwriting—topped off by his most powerful, soulful vocals ever. With its wonderfully eclectic collection of songs, the album offers Love fans a rare glimpse into a previously undocumented phase of Arthur Lee’s fabled career, while shining a light for new fans to discover the unique genius that is the music of Arthur Lee and Love.
Black Beauty (Deluxe Version) includes 6 ultra-rare, previously-unreleased bonus tracks: 3 explosive, live performances from the short-lived Black Beauty-incarnation of Love, a revelatory 1974 Arthur Lee interview for Rolling Stone, and two unreleased Arthur Lee studio cuts - the title song from legendary filmmaker Max Julien’s Thomasine & Bushrod, recorded a few months after the completion of Black Beauty, and “L.A. Blues,” the last song recorded by Arthur Lee before beginning his six-year prison sentence.
The digital download also features an extensive PDF booklet with an acclaimed essay by renowned rock journalist Ben Edmonds and a trove of never-before-published photos of Arthur Lee and the Black Beauty band.