Love - Forever Changes (Vinyl)

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The first rock group ever signed to the Elektra label—which had previously been known for first-rate folk acts like Tom Paxton, Tim Buckley, and Tom Rush—Love showed promise from the start. Their eponymous debut and its follow-up, Da Capo, both from 1966, include essential music; but it is with Forever Changes, their third album and the last with the original lineup, that they hit the ball out of the park. 

The record represents one of the best blends of folk and rock up to that point and is also notable for its brilliant use of strings and sparing but extremely effective south-of-the-border horn arrangements. Moreover, the songs—nine by Lee plus two by guitarist Bryan MacLean, including the classic “Alone Again Or”—feature complex, absorbing melodies and intriguing lyrics that sound as engaging after a hundred listens as they do the first time around. 


For those in the know, 'Forever Changes' is one of the greatest albums ever made. One of the first to really usefully incorporate elaborate orchestration on top of a rock combo sound, it has survived the best part of fifty years with its reputation inviolate. Led by the mercurial talent of the late Arthur Lee (although even by the time of the album release, the band were fractured), 'Forever Changes' is a kaleidoscopic set that goes from Mariachi brass (the beautiful 'Alone Again Or'), to the dark, brooding, sinister 'The Red Telephone' and beyond, it is a constantly shifting, uneasy set that provides a shadowy contrast to Psychedelia's blissed-out sunniness. And it sounds best on vinyl. This heavyweight vinyl version really shows the majesty of the music off to the best degree. It'll still sound great in fifty year's time.

By: Og Oggilby

A1 Alone Again Or
A2 A House Is Not A Motel
A3 Andmoreagain
A4 The Daily Planet
A5 Old Man
A6 The Red Telephone
B1 Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale
B2 Live And Let Live
B3 The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This
B4 Bummer In The Summer
B5 You Set The Scene

Elektra Recording Company

Cat. No: R! 74013