arthur

Like pretty much everything released on crate-digging US label Light In The Attic, Arthur Lee Harper’s story is biopic-ready, hopelessly romantic and with a tragic final scene. ‘Dreams and Images’ is Arthur’s came-to-nothing album from the late ’60s, produced by and for Lee Hazlewood and his label LHI.

The fact that you have no idea who Arthur is should tell you how well it turned out, and its follow up in 1970, which caused Harper to ditch music and become a rocket scientist. In 2002, Harper’s wife tragically died in a car crash – he died the same night, of a heart attack. There’s something beautiful about that even if you’re not currently in love, which sounds as hokey as ‘Dreams and Images’’s references to “brothers and sisters” and “children once were you” might in cynical 2015, but it’s not.

Strongly resembling the slower tracks of another LA band of the time, Love, Arthur’s soft-touch orchestrations and even more sensitive voice is so distinctly of its time that it seems to carry extra pathos on a modern stereo. It’s idealistic, unsullied by the modern world, and although wholly unrealistic, at least unquestionably lovely.

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