Love Sculpture — “In the Land of the Few”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 3, 2022


627) Love Sculpture — “In the Land of the Few”

This single “flopped” (Vernon Joynson, The Tapestry of Delights Revisited), but it is a “superb” ( psychedelic “mini-epic” with a “blistering [guitar] solo” (Mike Stax, liner notes to the Nuggets II comp) by a young Dave Edmunds.

As to LS, Making Time tells us that:

Love Sculpture was formed out of the Cardiff band The Human Beans in 1968. This band released a single Morning Dew, the Tim Rose song. The band’s first single was River to Another Day which was soon followed by a very fast version of Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance. The latter entered the top ten in December 1968. Two albums were released . . . Blues Helping and Forms and Feelings [on which today’s song appeared]. These showcased the band’s blues style . . . . Forms and Feelings was . . . was more experimental with classical music themes. . . . [T]he band split shortly after a US tour.http://www.

John Dougan adds:

[Love Sculpture was a] British blues-rock band of the late ’60s . . . [whose] lead guitarist . . . was the soon-to-be-famous Dave Edmunds. Like many similar bands of the times, Love Sculpture was really a showpiece for Edmunds’ guitar-playing talents . . . . They had a fluke hit in 1968 with a cover of the classical piece “Sabre Dance,” rearranged for guitar. After two LPs, Love Sculpture split up in 1970. Edmunds went on to solo success (“I Hear You Knockin'”) and a long, sometimes contentious relationship with ex-Brinsley Schwarz bassist Nick Lowe, which culminated in the great band Rockpile. Still, Love Sculpture . . . Is a hoot to listen. And Edmunds, full of youthful bravado and dazzling technique, certainly knows his way up and down a fret board.

As to the album, Phil Jackson enthuses:

Love Sculpture made an amazing leap forward in a relatively short space of time from their album of raw blues and soul covers . . . to the much more advanced psychedelic pop and quasi classical structures of Forms and Feelings. It starts with two memorable singles “In The Land of the Few”, complete with Byrds like jangly guitars . . . . [O]ne of the most enduring and exciting releases of the period.

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