Love, “My Little Red Book” (1966)

LA band Love, led by Arthur Lee, recorded their first album, the self-titled Love, at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood in January 1966. The record opens with a radical reworking of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David song My Little Red Book, the title of which is allegedly a playful reference to Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book. Love’s version, especially the guitar work, is said to have, in part, inspired Syd Barrett to write Interstellar Overdrive. David & Bacharach originally wrote the song for Manfred Mann for the 1966 movie What’s New, Pussycat? Bacharach disliked Love’s cover: “Love had a hit with it. Wrong changes and all, and I never loved that. There were a couple of chords that were wrong and it would have been better with the right chords…But I liked their energy on the song and I liked that it was a hit.”