At our high point we probably were as busy as the Monkees. It a total whirlwind when you get to that illusive top spot...everyone wants a piece of you.
What I meant about the quality was for me personally I was no longer creating music with Steve Bartek. He and I had the luxury of writing songs everyday as we lived next door to each other. When SAC took off he was to young to join the band when asked. So my creative muse was gone when the band was soaring.
Ed King and Lee Freeman began writing together at that point, as did Mark and Ed. So I was left to write with Randy Seol which was a totally different thing for me. Nowhere near as artistic.
Steve and I traded verses back and forth as well as the music. Randy mainly wrote lyrics and me the music. I worked better in the more collaborative method.
As for LOVE. They pretty much helped the DOORS become a success.
I liked LOVE much better. I admired Robby Krieger's guitar prowess, but was more a fan of the singers and songwriting in LOVE.
Getting national attention may have helped them but Arthur Lee was as much a liability as Jim Morrison and our own Lee Freeman. You end up having to take the bad with the good...double edged swords.
: Hey Guys(or our distinguished proxy Rob J!)I
: very much enjoyed the story George Bunnell
: shared about the band's elation when I&P hit
: number one on the Billboard chart.This,of
: course,was quickly followed by a rousingly
: successful national tour with the
: Springfield and the Beach Boys which prodded
: SAC even further out into the national
: spotlight.Now a while back,Mr. Bunnell
: explained to me that achieving success on
: high levels such as these can hinder a
: group's efforts due to paying too much
: attention to what the press and the rest of
: the world have to say about them,in turn
: leading to a lack a focus on their
: professional game plan.How would SAC have
: handled success had they achieved it on
: level of,say,the Monkees in 1967.How well
: might they have maintined significant focus
: on their receordings ands shows amidst fan
: and media deistraction?Also,do you think if
: LOVE had been better promoted
: nationally,Arthur Lee might have the
: potential to became a rock hero in vein of
: maybe a Jim Morrison?Been reading a book
: about LOVE by one of their drummers who felt
: compelled to mention how much of a marvelous
: stage presence Arthur was.Personally,I think
: Lee was just as talented all around as
: Morrison,just the mode of poetic communicae
: delivered by Lee was a bit more on the
: romantic side of things...........
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