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Forever Changes Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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One of the most unusual of all psychedelic albums is still rated by many critics as one of the best rock albums of all time. These are the haunting, poetic sounds of Arthur Lee and Love: A House Is Not a Motel; Old Man; The Daily Planet; The Red Telephone; Live and Let Live , and the rest of the 1967 original plus seven bonus cuts!

One of rock's most overlooked masterpieces, this third album by the L.A. folk-rock outfit led by inscrutable singer-songwriter Arthur Lee sounds as fresh and innovative today as it did upon its original release in 1968. With David Angel's atmospheric string and horn arrangements giving the work a conceptual underpinning, Lee explores mainstream America's penchant for paranoia ("The Red Telephone") and violence ("A House Is Not a Motel") with songs that are as sonically subtle and lilting as they are lyrically blunt and harrowing. Add two gems by Love's secret weapon, second guitarist Bryan MacLean ("Alone Again Or" and "Old Man"), and you've got one of the truly perfect albums in rock history. Rhino's deluxe reissue serves up seven bonus tracks, including outtakes, alternates, and the "Your Mind and We Belong Together"/"Laughing Stock" single. --Billy Altman

1. Alone Again Or
2. A House Is Not A Motel
3. Andmoreagain
4. The Daily Planet
5. Old Man
6. The Red Telephone
7. Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale
8. Live And Let Live
9. The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This
10. Bummer In The Summer
11. You Set The Scene
12. Hummingbirds (Demo)
13. Wonder People (I Do Wonder) (Outtake)
14. Alone Again Or (Alternate Mix)
15. You Set The Scene (Alternate Mix)
16. Your Mind And We Belong Together (Tracking Sessions Highlights)
17. Your Mind And We Belong Together
18. Laughing Stock

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Elektra / Rhino
  • ASIN: B000058983
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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208 of 230 people found the following review helpful By Jericho Sagorski on April 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I inadvertantly wrote a review for this deluxe re-issue under the banner of the original CD version, so this is my attempt to address the recently released, 7-bonus track edition of this stellar album. I can understand why people wouldn't know or care about Love, but then again they are probably the same people who think Britney Spears is an "artist". To the uninitiated, it helps to know that Love was Jim Morrison's favorite group; when "Forever Changes" was first issued in 1967, it was their third album for Elektra, who eventually signed The Doors and released that group's incredible debut the same year. If it weren't for Arthur Lee and Love: 1) Elektra would not have gotten into the rock game; 2) The Doors might not have gotten signed to Elektra (Arthur Lee saw the group play The Whisky a Go Go and referred them to Jac Holzman and Ahmet Ertugen); 3) Jimi Hendrix might not have been exposed to a recording studio until much later in life (Lee recorded Hendrix on a rare 45 in the early '60's, and later included sessions with Jimi on subsequent Love LPs); and my life would still be the same. The re-issue offers a little insight into this deliberately mysterious group by supplying fans with outtakes from the original line-up's last session ("You and I and Your Mind Belong Together"), a demo version of one of the tracks ("The Good Humor Man..." re-titled as "Hummingbirds"), alternate mixes of classic Love tracks ("You Set The Scene" and "Alone Again Or", which emphasizes Brian Maclean's vocals more prominently), and even a song deleted from the original album completely ("Wonder People"), as well as the B-side "Laughing Stock" which is from the same session as "You and I...Read more ›
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cossaboon on March 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I love this album! It's gorgeous: completely, utterly and absolutely. It's one of the most perfect pieces of music ever committed to tape, vinyl or CD. Out of all the summer of love albums to have come out, this is the one that strikes the strongest chord of kinship inside me. I don't know what it's like to have cavorted about in dippy-hippy peace, man style, but I DAMN sure know what it's like to be lonely and to be the man who sees things from the outside.
But do not be fooled. This is not a sad album in any way. Like how that totally awesome album cover portrays, it is life itself, a swirling menagerie of colors, moods and emotions. Can anyone doubt this after the way the first song, "Alone again or" begins with that quiet accoustic guitar and then knocks you right out in the middle with that majestic horn solo?
Throughout the album, our singer is sad, but never downtrodden. There is a perkiness even in the really delicate songs like "Andmoreagain" and "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This"-the latter one of the most gorgeous songs about summer ever written. Even with the two rockers, "A House Is Not A Motel" and "Live And Let Live", the mood is subdued, the anger is controlled and aimed carefully like a pointed finger.
Then there are the really bubbly songs: "Between Clark and Hillsdale" makes you want to cha-cha past your own local bunch of sidewalk stores right after you get out of work while there're still a couple hours of summer sun left; and "You Set The Scene" has to be one of the greatest signature songs of the era. It's one of those majestic march of life songs.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Southeast Media on May 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
It has been called quintessential, a masterpiece, the great lost gem. Never has an album so encapsuled the tumultuos times we are living than Love's Forever Changes. From the ultimate strums of Flamenco Guitar on Alone Again Or to Sitting on a hillside watching all the people die on The Red Telephone and to facing each day with a smile on You Set The Scene, the listener is hypnotically bombarded with the most fascinating lyrics that seem to forever change with each listen, amazing orchestration, and barrages of electric guitar that influenced oh so many from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Move, and The Doors to The Ramones, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Robyn Hitchcock, Television, Lenny Kravitz, and Urge Overkill. This album, this band, and Arthur Lee, its leader, deserves to be in the Rock Hall of Fame, and they will be when we stop teething.

Buy this version just to hear it in more ways. Let the re-issues of this classic keep coming and let it Forever Change our lives. Here is hoping for a successful release and an all-encompassing Arthur Lee and Love Box Set in the near future. So we can Keep the same old smile smiling.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on April 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to this album at thirteen by junior high buddy Bill Loftin, who was somewhat more musically advanced than I. We would sit for hours transfixed by a sound that was different from anything else then being played. "Alone Again Or" was the hook, but "Forever Changes" grew on me until it became firmly implanted in my mind as one of the best albums ever recorded. Now we all can think of albums that we liked when young that we can no longer stand and wonder how we ever did. This album, despite what some critics say, is one that stands the test of time. The song-writing duo of Arthur Lee and Bryan MacLean are at the peak of their collaborative genius here. Sure, some of the song titles are outrageous and some of the lyrics seem to have been written merely to rhyme; i.e. "All the snot is caked against my pants, it has turned into crystal. There's a bluebird sitting on a branch, I guess I'll take my pistol..." But interspersed with all the seeming nonsense are many serious and cryptic lyrics which give the listener pause. Arthur Lee was "punk" before punk was ever thought of and the music much more agreeable. My favorite cuts are the title song, The Red Telephone, Live and Let Live, You Set the Scene, ...Between Clark and Hilldale (a GREAT song musically), and Old Man. Bryan Maclean once said in an interview that the old man in the song was fictitious. Maybe so, but entirely believable. A lucky kid indeed is one whose life is enriched and horizons expanded by a worldly man such as Maclean wrote about. I don't agree with those who say this album didn't age well. In my estimation, "Forever Changes" continues to stand out from its contemporaries as a masterpiece of 1960s underground music.
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