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