Listen/Download – Roxy – Love Love Love
The tune I bring you today came to me via my all but insatiable need to explore what might for lack of a better term be called ‘interesting looking’ records.
Naturally, when you’re talking about music, one should aim their interests down sonic pathways, but when you’re an inveterate digger (like me) and you’re pawing your way through box after box of 45s and LPs, aside from things you can identify on sight – via label or name – your attention is often grabbed by things that are, how do you say – provocatively packaged.
This is not to say that these covers or 45 labels need to be extreme, but rather more importantly, they should be new and/or strange.
When I happen upon an album cover featuring a band in certain era-specific togs, or employing similarly timely typography, my fingers stop flipping through the records and I stop to take a closer look.
Such was the case when I found the self-titled album by Roxy.
The cover was clearly the product of the late 60s (though the name conjured up a somewhat later period) as were the clothes on the band (gotta love those fur-lined coats).
It was an extra added bonus that the album was on an interesting label (Elektra) and that I recognized one of the names on the back (Bob Segarini).
Segarini – who appeared in this space once before as part of his pre-Roxy band the Family Tree – is one of those names that always seems to be floating in the distant orbit of California rock.
He got his start in a band called the Ratz, which also featured future Quicksilver Messenger Service member Gary Duncan.
The Family Tree recorded for RCA, and when they broke up two of the members (Jimmy De Cocq and Randy Bishop) joined him in Roxy.
When I got the album home I discovered that much of it didn’t really grab me, except for the obvious exception of the tune I bring you today, ‘Love Love Love’.
Recorded in 1969, ‘Love Love Love’ has that really groovy transitional sound, in which the 60s vibe is still there, but the sound of the 70s (especially the guitars) is mixing in rather liberally. Where some bands floating in the same transitional soup went off in different (sometimes jazzier, sometimes, folky, sometimes heavy) directions, Roxy has all the markers that would indicate a tighter, pop driven sound, which is ultimately where they would go when they morphed into the Wackers.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll be back next week.