The ABCs of DE, Vol. 3

Before Dave Edmunds was in Rockpile, before he was an acclaimed solo act, even before he had his first big hit with “I Hear You Knocking,” he was in another band.

Love Sculpture was another of those UK blues-rock outfits of the late ’60s. What made Love Sculpture ever so slightly different was that it occasionally incorporated classical music. The band had a big hit with Edmunds’ speed-guitar cover of Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance” in 1968.

Two years later, though, it was all but over for Love Sculpture. “In the Land of the Few” was its last single, released in early 1970 on the “Forms and Feelings” album.

As this single was released, hitting the charts with a thud, Love Sculpture went on a short U.S. tour, then broke up. It wasn’t “Sabre Dance,” but it may have held up better over the years. Listen to this cut, and you’ll know why Edmunds and ELO’s Jeff Lynne found common ground when they worked together years later.

“In the Land of the Few,” Love Sculpture, 1970, from “Dave Edmunds & Love Sculpture,” 1974, a Dutch import. Also available on “The Dave Edmunds Anthology: 1968-90,” a 1993 CD release.

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