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Picks and Pans Review: We're All Normal and We Want Our Freedom—a Tribute to Arthur Lee and Love

updated 08/22/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/22/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Various Artists

Arthur Lee was the guiding light of Love, the Los Angeles rock band whose 1968 album, Forever Changes, is often hailed as one of the psychedelic era's most enduring works of art. On this excellent tribute CD, 21 artists, ranging from the nouveau hip (Urge Overkill, Teenage Fanclub) to the hopelessly obscure (Eggs, Trycycle), interpret some of Love's best songs. Although Urge Overkill turns in a letter-perfect Xerox of "Robert Montgomery," other contributors aren't so reverent: The Deer Team gallops through "Signed D.C.," a farewell from a dying junkie that Love recorded as a forlorn ballad, and Gobblehoof recasts the ethereal "Alone Again Or" as a dirge. Nonetheless, Lee's surreal sensibility remains indelibly stamped on every song here, and that's the ultimate tribute to his loopy genius. (Alias)

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