Arthur Lee – “Vindicator”
I’ve been on a serious Arthur Lee kick lately… The first three Love records: “Love” (my favorite), “De Capo”, the legendary “Forever Changes” have been in constant rotation as of late. I’ve also been getting into “Vindicator” too, which was homeboy’s first post-Love solo record. It’s nowhere near as good as (or maybe I should say “as cool as”) Love… but it’s defiantly got it’s moments. Arthur sounds a lot like his friend, one time band mate and fellow “black hippy”… Jimi Hendrix on this record. I think they both claimed to be the first black hippy… Does anyone reading this have the official word on who really was the first black hippy? Speaking of, one of the bonus tracks on this reissue just so happens to be Arthur’s take on the Hendrix song, “EZ Rider”. My favorite song on here is “Everybody’s Gotta Live” (“You Want Change for Your Re-run” and “Love Jumped Through My Window” are also worth checking out), the version I posted is a bonus track and was the first take of the song… I like this version cuz it’s a bit more on the raw side of things. For shits & giggles, check out this bizarre video some weird people made for the song. Sadly, Lee just passed away this August from leukemia. I feel lucky to have caught three or four of his LA shows a few years ago when he was fresh out of jail… Dude killed it. RIP Arthur Lee.