The idea behind track of the week is to shed light on some of my favourite tracks old and new. I was surprised to see that I have never added a track from Love especially “Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark and Hilldale” because it’s one of my all time favourite pieces of music.
I haven’t added this track partly because I assumed that it was a mainstream piece from an essential record but in talking to more people outside of a small subset of musos about this record I realised it wasn’t quite so well-known as I originally envisaged. So It’s time to use this forum to remind or introduce people to this wonderful track.
On the album Forever Changes we are treated to psychedelic rock with very strong folk influences. Released in the heyday of this sound it wasn’t a commercial success but the quality and complexity of composition in the record have given it timeless attributes, allowing its success to grow over the last sixty years.
The two standout tracks for me are the opening cut “Alone Again Or” and my TOTW “Maybe The People Would Be the Times Or Between Clark and Hilldale”. Throughout the record the traditional instruments surrounding a rock band are accompanied by beautiful melodies from string and brass sections which excel on these two tracks.
On “Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark and Hilldale” the brass creates a positive edge to the darker more distorted bass sound which combine to create bitter-sweet feelings that perfectly match the vocals from Arther Lee. His vague lyrics with cryptic delivery, drift between verses offering conclusion only when we get to the instrumental sections of the track.
Its one of the few tracks that I have never got bored with. I have heard it hundreds of times and it still feels as fresh now as it did on first listen. Even on an instant repeat it has never lost its qualities and for that I can’t recommend it highly enough: