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Forever Changes [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

LoveAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Description

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!

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192 of 212 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's set the record straight... 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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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Love 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 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reissue, missing only one thing. May 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant reissue, even better than the 2001 reissue. This one adds the previously-unreleased "alternate mix" of the entire album, which is pretty excellent. Certain instruments stick out more in the mix; it's a bit rougher, more intimate -- definitely a worthwhile listen. The bonus tracks that weren't on the 2001 reissue are alright, not terribly necessary. The ONE THING that is missing from this reissue is the FULL LENGTH VERSION of "A House Is Not A Motel". There exists a version in which the Echols twin-guitar solo goes on a good 20 or 30 seconds longer than the original album version. However, this lack is a tiny shortcoming. The reissue as pressed is still a five star release.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of the 60's 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for "Forever Changes" that sounds good?
Then the German pressing on the Elektra label, ASIN B000005ITX is the one you want.
Without all the noise, distortion and compression of other, poorly remastered reissues this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul H Turley
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Completely blew me away. I had this vinyl "back in the day". I forgot how dynamic and exciting this sound was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ludus Maximus
5.0 out of 5 stars I love LOVE!
Great album! I highly recommend it if you like psychedelic 60's music. There are many gems which I never get tired of listening to.
Published 4 months ago by Gina G
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
_Rolling Stone_ famously described this album as "indescribably essential," but I'm afraid I'm one of those people who just don't get it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Enslowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer of Love
I had always wondered about the mystic of Love. Hearing they were on par with the other psychedelic bands of San Francisco. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Denver B. Cornett
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy me,buy me.....
If you have never listened to this cd or group,as I had not.If you like great music and not just good music, then read the reviews and treat yourself to this cd. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JUDAS TREES
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous
And there's nothing wrong with that. Sincerely, this is a masterpiece. It is genuinely timeless and worth your time as a listener.
Published 6 months ago by Erik Denning
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top 100 albums of all time gets a deluxe reissue (this...
"Forever Changes" was ranked as one of the 100 greatest album of all time. It's deserved. While Love never achieved the large following of their label mates The Doors (The Doors... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Everybody Should Hear.
Love's 3rd album "Forever Changes", (1967), is an album everyone who loves rock, pop and jazz should hear. Released in late '67, this would be Arthur Lee's masterstroke of genius. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ScottE
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Painting Over Part Of The Mona Lisa
I really can't stand this cd and here's why. The original LP, as it was conceived, is a perfect work of art. I absolutely love it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lulu
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