Forever Changes by Love was one of a number of classic and highly original albums that were released in 1967. Led by Arthur Lee, the band were hampered by drugs and failing relationships, but the difficult atmosphere seems to have been the right one in which to make a classic. Apparently Neil Young was penciled in to produce the album, but the job fell to Bruce Botnik instead, turns out he did a decent job.
Vinyl LP £19.49 0603497846184
180g black vinyl reissue LP on Rhino. CLASSIC!!!!.
Vinyl Double LP £65.99 MFSL 2-402
Numbered 180g vinyl 45rpm audiophile pressing 2LP set on Mobile Fidelity.
10/10 Dan Tanswell 10th February 2017
This is the epitome of pure sonic perfection. It has beauty in bucket loads - It touches every level of one's soul. Every decade or so my favourite song changes. As a teenager I used to prefer the psychedelic ramblings and guitar shudder of HOUSE IS NOT A HOTEL but now I am entranced by ALONG AGAIN OR. The mariachi trumpeting alone is worth the price alone. To boot the lyrics range from the weird, the charming and to the fucking funny:
"The snot has caked against my pants, it has turned to crystal" gives into " There's a bluebird sitting on a branch, I guess I'll get my pistol" (LIVE AND LET LIVE).
All the way through the album one is taken on a journey along a pathway that straddles the line between mental health and mental illness.
You just NEED this album.
10/10 Simon 17th February 2016
I remember the first time I heard this album as clearly as it was yesterday.
Back in the days when the NME was good and Melody Maker even better, one of their scribes could usually be found opining every other week that 'Forever Changes' was the album that truly defined the 60s. Forget the Beatles, forget the Rolling Stones, forget Dylan: Arthur Lee was the crazy genius of the West Coast hippy scene who somehow, in spite of ingesting his body weight in LSD and coke every day, had somehow managed to get a bunch of fellow junkies into fit enough shape to produce an album that simply eclipsed the effort of all his contemporaries. Quite the claim.
And so off to HMV in Manchester I headed, bought the CD, got the bus home, called up my best mate, skinned up a joint loaded with red seal hash, and we listened. And things have never quite been the same since. It took a few listens, but by the end of the night we were both crying with joy at everything from the mariachi trumpets of 'Alone Again Or' to the metaphysical poetry of 'You Set The Scene'.
Quite simply, perfection.
9/10 Penrith Steve 18th October 2014
This album sounds like nothing else that came before or after it and therefore is an absolutely essential purchase for anyone with ears. "Alone Again Or" is a great opener, acoustic guitars and mariachi brass, kind of like a pre-Calexico. “A House Is Not A Motel" starts with gentle acoustic guitars juxtaposed with searing lead guitar lines as it builds into a psychedelic rock masterpiece with dueling and increasingly out of control guitar solos. “Andmoreagain” is weird, but beautiful. “The Daily Planet" grooves, changes pace and grooves again. The lyrics are insane “Oh the snot has caked against my pants, it has turned to crystal” from “Live And Let Live”. The drums are hyperactive, yet placid throughout, but mostly the songs are just great. This came out in the same year as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” but it doesn’t have “When I’m Sixty-Four” on it.
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