Forever Changes

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Love's Forever Changes made only a minor dent on the charts when it was first released in 1967, but years later it became recognized as one of the finest and most haunting albums to come out of the Summer of Love, which doubtless has as much to do with the disc's themes and tone as the music, beautiful as it is. Sharp electric guitars dominated most of Love's first two albums, and they make occasional appearances here on tunes like "A House Is Not a Motel" and "Live and Let Live," but most of Forever Changes is built around interwoven acoustic guitar textures and subtle orchestrations, with strings and horns both reinforcing and punctuating the melodies. The punky edge of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Love's Forever Changes made only a minor dent on the charts when it was first released in 1967, but years later it became recognized as one of the finest and most haunting albums to come out of the Summer of Love, which doubtless has as much to do with the disc's themes and tone as the music, beautiful as it is. Sharp electric guitars dominated most of Love's first two albums, and they make occasional appearances here on tunes like "A House Is Not a Motel" and "Live and Let Live," but most of Forever Changes is built around interwoven acoustic guitar textures and subtle orchestrations, with strings and horns both reinforcing and punctuating the melodies. The punky edge of Love's early work gave way to a more gentle, contemplative, and organic sound on Forever Changes, but while Arthur Lee and Bryan MacLean wrote some of their most enduring songs for the album, the lovely melodies and inspired arrangements can't disguise an air of malaise that permeates the sessions. A certain amount of this reflects the angst of a group undergoing some severe internal strife, but Forever Changes is also an album that heralds the last days of a golden age and anticipates the growing ugliness that would dominate the counterculture in 1968 and 1969; images of violence and war haunt "A House Is Not a Motel," the street scenes of "Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hillsdale" reflects a jaded mindset that flower power could not ease, the twin specters of race and international strife rise to the surface of "The Red Telephone," romance becomes cynicism in "Bummer in the Summer," the promise of the psychedelic experience decays into hard drug abuse in "Live and Let Live," and even gentle numbers like "Andmoreagain" and "Old Man" sound elegiac, as if the ghosts of Chicago and Altamont were visible over the horizon as Love looked back to brief moments of warmth. Forever Changes is inarguably Love's masterpiece and an album of enduring beauty, but it's also one of the few major works of its era that saw the dark clouds looming on the cultural horizon, and the result was music that was as prescient as it was compelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227480226
  • Catalog Number: 74802
  • Sales rank: 116,085

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Love Primary Artist
John Echols Guitar, Group Member
Ken Forssi Bass, Group Member
Arthur Lee Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Bryan MacLean Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Michael Stuart Percussion, Drums
Michael Stuart-Ware Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Bruce Botnick Producer
Arthur Lee Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bryan MacLean Arranger, Composer
William S. Harvey Cover Design
Bob Pepper Cover Art
Zal Schreiber Mastering
David Angel Arranger, Orchestration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Album Ever!!!

    This one may not be familiar to most people but those few people that I know that own it hold it very dear to their hearts. For me it stands as my very favorite album and this is not coming from somebody sentimental about the 60's. I'm a huge fan of punk and hard rock for the most part but this gentle and shimmering album puts anything by any other band to shame. It's detailed, filled with wonderfully beautiful (albeit cryptic) lyrics, the best use of strings and brass ever on a rock record, and basically just a set of perfectly crafted songs. Any fans of the psychedelic era or folk rock will love this one to death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is an All-Timer

    First heard this album in the late sixties. The vinyl was terrible so if you played it often, particularly on a poor quality turntable, you'd have to buy a new record. I recently found it on CD. It is a great collection of songs and music that fairly represents the era.

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