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Forever Changes (Thirty Three and a Third series) Paperback – September 17, 2003
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"I love a critic who doesn't profess to be infallible, so Andrew Hultkrans immediately won me over by admitting he was previously "absolutely, laughably wrong" about Forever Changes…Hultkrans takes the record very, very seriously; accordingly, his book is a reverential, fastidious tome." — Seattle Weekly
"This former Bookforum editor openly identifies with this most apocalyptic of 60s El Lay albums, but he keeps his head in the game, fearlessly splashing around in lead Love-r Arthur Lee's disturbed psyche. He's sharp on the lyrics (maybe too sharp, given Lee's confused state) and slightly less so on the music, but he's killer on context: the album's fear, its overwhelming strangeness, its death-drive in a culture that only Lee knew was suffused with it. A-" —Austin American-Statesman, 10/17/04
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"Thirty Three and a Third" is a new series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years. The authors provide fresh, original perspectives often through their access to and relationships with the key figures involved in the recording of these albums. By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the books in this series demonstrate many different ways of writing about music. What binds the series together, and what brings it to life, is that all of the authors musicians, broadcasters, scholars, and writers are huge fans of the album they have chosen.
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Hultkrans work sometimes reads like a PhD thesis. It can become over reaching in its analysis. Sometime a cigar is just a cigar. Where this book really shines is to put Forever Changes into the context of its time. The "Summer Of Love" give way to the Manson Family and the death of the Hippy.
Hultkrans’ enthusiasm is obvious, but his analyses are often overwrought. On the positive side, a number of worthy sources and ideas are scattered throughout this short book. Hultkrans discusses how “Alone Again Or,” though written by Brian MacLean, was in line with some hermetic tendencies exhibited by Lee. Also, note the “count me out” line and mysterious double-words in Lee’s “The Red Telephone,” as well as the “locked in my armor” and “secrets are your own” lyrics in Lee’s “Andmoreagain.” The strain of social alienation is apparent in many of the songs.
Another interesting area explored by Hultkrans was prophesy – the idea of the bard (or even a preacher) gazing over the city, warning others in cryptic fashion of the impending doom. The third verse of “A House Is Not A Motel” can certainly be interpreted along those lines. Lee lived at the top of Lookout Mountain in 1967, and with the chilling opening lines of “The Red Telephone,” one could imagine Lee perched in deep thought, distraught with his surroundings.
On the other hand, I don’t believe Arthur Lee actually studied Gnosticism. Hultkrans would have been better off making it clear that he was drawing comparisons in his analysis – between Lee’s vision and some of these literary traditions, NOT stating how Lee actually was inspired.
Additionally, MacLean’s contributions are glossed over. “Alone Again Or” is analyzed, but I don’t recall “Old Man” receiving the same treatment. While not thematically in line with concepts explored by Hultkrans, “Old Man” is a strong song, and part of the album.
Ultimately, it’s best to view this as a chaotic book of ideas. There are wild tangents and many of the connections are dubious, but they at least make the reader think. Unfortunately, there is no bibliography, not much information on what actually inspired the songwriting, and absolutely nothing about how the album was recorded from a technical standpoint. This makes the book something of an anomaly in the 33 and a third series. Despite this, I recommend the book to readers not exclusively interested in the technical aspects of recording. That’s probably most people who are reading this, frankly, though this book is far from the final word on Forever Changes.
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Couldn't he just write about the album, talk about the sessions, how the group was replaced on the Wrecking Crew on the first couple of songs?Read more