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  • Summary: This is the remastered release of Arthur Lee's unreleased album recorded in 1973 with Joe Blocker, Melvan Whittington, and Robert Rozelle.
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  1. Magnet
    Dec 10, 2014
    90
    There isn't a moment when Arthur Lee is anything less than Arthur Lee: brilliant, unpredictable and relentless in his drive to reinvent himself. [No. 116, p.59]
  2. Dec 10, 2014
    87
    As with everything Lee put his songwriting mind and hands to, though, his original work quickly overshadows any marks of inspiration on these tunes.
  3. Dec 10, 2014
    80
    Blessed with a raw, punchy sound, however, Black Beauty is far superior, more eclectic and fully-realised [than Reel To Real].
  4. Dec 10, 2014
    76
    It’s a strong album, but it’s not another Forever Changes, whose accomplishments in retrospect were unrepeatable, or even another Four Sail. On the other hand, Lee wasn’t aiming to craft something in that vein.
  5. Dec 10, 2014
    70
    Black Beauty is one of the strongest and most consistent albums of his hard rock period, and if it isn't quite a lost classic, it's the missing link between Vindicator and Love's Reel to Real; it's nearly as good as the former and genuinely superior to the latter.
  6. Dec 10, 2014
    70
    Black Beauty is an album that needs to be out in the world, that needs to be celebrated. It doesn’t have to be a new classic in the Love discography. It just needs to be another interesting chapter in the band’s story. It is that and then some.