Forever Changes [Collector's Edition]

Forever Changes [Collector's Edition]

by LoveLove

CD(Remastered / Special Edition)

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Released at the end of 1967 to the sound of almost no hands clapping (even Rolling Stone appraised it in tepid terms), Love's Forever Changes, the third and final album from the original band lineup led by the late Arthur Lee, has gained an Olympian stature in time. It brooks favorable comparisons to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (released earlier in the same year) and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (1966) for its daring compositional, structural and production appropriations from various non-rock sources and its articulation of the prevailing, increasingly splintered, post-Summer of Love zeitgeist, when the Vietnam War came home with a vengeance. Both "The Red Telephone," with its pronounced Renaissance flourishes, sinister, nursery-rhyme-like spoken word passages, and disjointed lyrics; and the angry "A House Is Not a Motel," driven by a military beat and guitarist Lee's vocal and instrumental howls (one virtually indistinguishable from another in the swirling mix), reflect an oncoming crisis born of a generation's refusal to advance an illegal, immoral conflict abroad. Another 1967 album, the Jefferson Airplane's masterpiece, Surrealistic Pillow, clearly affected Love's approach too, in feel, and in particular in the speed-rapped "Bummer In the Summer," widely pinpointed as a Dylan homage because of the way Lee drew out words with drawled, extra syllables, although the entire exercise sounds heavily indebted in tempo, sound and style (almost to the point of copyright infringement) to the Airplane's "Plastic Fantastic Lover." On the other hand, two beautiful, plaintive Brian MacLean ballads ("Alone Again Or," with close-harmonized verses and choruses, shifting tempos, a vibrant mix of acoustic and electric textures, "Lonely Bull" horns and idealistic but oddly resigned lyrics; and the winsome "Old Man," sung by MacLean in a tiny, fragile, affecting falsetto over a surging orchestral arrangement keyed by strings, woodwinds, horns and acoustic guitars) are more indebted to the pop majesty attempted by The Association on the Bones Howe-produced LPs, Insight Out (1966) and Birthday (1967). And at several junctures the arrangements quote from the pop-classical fusions of the Left Banke, who debuted in 1966 with "Walk Away, Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina." So there is much to chew on here, in the original album as well as a second disc offering an unremarkable alternate mix of the album and bonus material notable for the inclusion of "Hummingbirds," an early version of one of Lee's weirdly sunny musings on the official album, "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This." So rich in so many ways, and so open to continuing debate about its proper place in the hierarchy of ambitious, late '60s rock experiments in form and substance, Forever Changes remains -- dare it be said? -- forever young, and ever fascinating.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2008
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227993849
catalogNumber: 428796
Rank: 9729

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Love   Primary Artist
Robert Barene   Musician
Arnold Belnick   Musician
Chuck Berghofer   String Bass
Norman Botnick   Viola
Bud Brisbois   Brass Ensemble
Roy Caton   Brass Ensemble
John Echols   Guitar,Group Member
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Ken Forssi   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
James Getzoff   Musician
Arthur Lee   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Richard Leith   Trombone
Bryan MacLean   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Marshall Sosson   Musician
Darrel Terwilliger   Violin
Michael Stuart   Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Robert Barene   String Section
Arnold Belnick   String Section
Bruce Botnick   Producer,Engineer
James Getzoff   String Section
John Haeny   Engineer
Arthur Lee   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bryan MacLean   Arranger,Composer
Domingo "Sam" Samudio   Composer
Andrew Sandoval   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Marshall Sosson   String Section
William S. Harvey   Cover Design
Bob Pepper   Illustrations,Cover Art
Steve Stanley   Art Direction
David Angel   Arranger,Orchestration
David Peter Housden   Photo Courtesy

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