Summer of Love

Love Seed Mama Jump

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Summer of Love Review

by Joseph McCombs

Despite the title and cover art, Summer of Love bears no connection to the famed summer of 1967. Further, rather than flower-haired San Francisco, Love Seed Mama Jump finds its exalted summer in its own backyard of Dewey Beach, DE, for this 1999 live album. As with most Love Seed concerts, this set consists of a buoyant mix of fratty covers and original songs. The originals are well-executed pop/rock nuggets with a jam-band vibe, but it's obvious that the crowd is far more interested in the familiar covers; and to that end, the band does not disappoint. Love Seed doesn't take many liberties with source material, apart from adding a light reggae lilt to "Drift Away," and the song ordering is nothing short of puzzling in places: any relations between "Mercy Mercy Me," "Solsbury Hill," and "Break on Through" are idiosyncratic at best. However, the songs are quite capably executed, driven by some wildly inspired and inventive percussion. There's nothing terribly extraordinary about the band's performance musically or vocally apart from that percussion, but on this disc, Love Seed entirely succeeds in giving the audience what it wants: mind-freeing party rock that by turns flashes listeners back to the "summers of love" of their own lives.

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