The Forgotten Arm: Love Sculpture

Formed in 1966 by former members of The Human Beans, Love Sculpture were equal parts generic and unique.  The trio’s most prominent member was guitarist Dave Edmunds, whose lightning-fast style made their renditions of oft-covered blues standards come alive.  Like any other band with one technically proficient member, Love Sculpture’s rhythm section of bassist John Williams and drummer Rob “Congo” Jones (later replaced by prolific sideman Terry Williams) deserves commendation, if only for being able to keep up with Edmunds’ playing.  On their first album, Blues Helping, the band powered through favorites like Willie Dixon‘s “Wang Dang Doodle” and Gershwin‘s “Summertime,” placing the collection on par with other American blues-fixated British groups of the late 1960s.

Love Sculpture’s real revelation came with the release of their second album (which also turned out to be their last).  There were still a few straightforward rock n’ roll tunes like Chuck Berry‘s “Catch Me If You Can” and some great originals, but the defining moments on Forms And Feelings were the interpretations of classical pieces.  Edmunds was reportedly inspired by how Keith Emerson performed complex classical works with a rock makeover, and Love Sculpture’s versions are no less impressive.  Bizet‘s “Farandole” suite is thunderous, and the frantic “Sabre Dance” even landed Love Sculpture a novelty hit (thanks, in part, to the fandom of John Peel).  Despite this new direction’s potential, Edmunds went solo in 1970, and Love Sculpture was no more.

After a string of solo hits, including “I Hear You Knockin'” and a cover of Elvis Costello‘s “Girls Talk,” Edmunds reunited with Terry Williams (as well as Nick Lowe and Billy Bremner) to form Rockpile, which recorded only one album, the phenomenal Seconds Of Pleasure, in 1980.  Edmunds is a close friend of Jools Holland, and often appears on Holland’s New Year’s Eve Hootenanny, where he’s performed “Sabre Dance” for the past few years.

Listen: Love Sculpture – “Farandole (from L’Arlesienne)” from Forms And Feelings (1969)

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~ by E. on August 19, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Forgotten Arm: Love Sculpture”

  1. Great post.

  2. Saw them several times at the Marquee in 68/9. Edmunds playing was phenomenal. He used a Marshall amp and two PA cabs, one of which had a mike dangling in front of it so the sound went into the PA. (One of the first to do this?) Anyway the sound they made was HUGE. They would play “I am the Walrus” and the sound would come at you from every side. I think Williams was with them then. He had to drum like crazy when they played Sabre Dance- one night they had to play it again as an encore!
    The bass player’s instrument was unusual as it had two outputs to two Selmer T&B amps into two Goliath cabs. As I said they were way in front of their time.

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