The Forever Changes Concert [CD/DVD] [Spec]

The Forever Changes Concert [CD/DVD] [Spec]

by Arthur Lee & Love

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The Forever Changes Concert [CD/DVD] [Spec]

"Arthur! You don't know how long we've waited!" shouted one enthusiastic female member of the audience after Love had finished performing their first song. "But you know how long I've waited," Arthur Lee playfully tossed back, eliciting sharp cheers from the crowd. Such was the spirit at the Royal Festival Hall, where, on January 15, 2003, Lee and Love re-created the Forever Changes album live in London for the first time. What could have been a pathetic display -- Lee, the onetime star, performing old hits by rote -- actually becomes a transcendent experience through two virtues: inspired string and horn accompaniment from a Scandinavian eight-piece, and the sheer shock and relief that Lee is able to hold himself together despite his years of well-documented self-abuse. The Forever Changes Concert does not take any liberties with the content of the legendary Forever Changes album, preferring note-for-note replication over reimagining. While this may be disappointing to some listeners, others will revel in the impressiveness of how well those strings and horns blend in with Baby Lemonade, the backing band that, with Lee, comprises the touring version of Love. Meanwhile, Lee himself cuts a sympathetic and winning figure throughout the show. While he misses a note or two on "The Daily Planet," and can't quite touch Bryan MacLean's graceful high notes on "Old Man," he acquits himself vocally quite nicely and retains the precisely measured diction that made the album such a psychedelic peculiarity upon its initial release. Age has taken away the punk gruffness of tracks like "Bummer in the Summer," though. The interplay between Lee, his band, and the small orchestra is nothing short of breathtaking in certain spots, particularly when the show hits its crescendo on "You Set the Scene," the closer to the original album. The second half of that song is an unqualified triumph, instruments blending beautifully and Lee demonstrating clear elation at the fact of simply having made it through. When it's done, the instinct is to cheer much as one would for a sports underdog who's unexpectedly won a big game. That the bonus tracks -- renditions of selected well-known cuts from the rest of Love's erratic history -- are anticlimactic and less powerful hardly takes away from the success of this live set. Fans of Love will be impressed that Lee and his group are holding together so well, while listeners less familiar will find a sterling recapture of one of rock's greatest albums. [Snapper UK issued a CD/DVD edition in 2009.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
Label: Snapper Uk
UPC: 0636551295024
catalogNumber: 950

Tracks

Disc 1

  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. Orange Skies
  13. She Comes In Colors
  14. Listen To My Song
  15. August
  16. Seven and Seven is
  17. Your Mind and We Belong Together
  18. Signed Dc
  19. My Little Red Book

Disc 2

  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. Seven and Seven is
  13. Orange Skies
  14. Listen To My Song
  15. She Comes In Colours
  16. Always See Your Face
  17. Arthur Lee Interview
  18. Tour Documentary

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arthur Lee & Love   Primary Artist
Robyn Hitchcock   Guest Appearance
Graham Coxon   Guest Appearance
Arthur Lee   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Rusty Squeezebox   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Dave Chapple   Bass,Group Member
Mike Randle   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Eric Holm   Viola
David Green   Drums
Björn Samuelsson   Trombone
Andreas Forsman   Violin
Caroline Valdermossen   Violin
Anna Landberg   Cello
Fredrick Oskarsson   Trumpet
Stefan Persson   Trumpet
Ketil Solberg   Violin
Erik Holm   Viola

Technical Credits

Love   Audio Production
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Arthur Lee   Composer,Audio Production
Bryan MacLean   Composer
Dave Sinclair   Liner Notes
Gene Kraut   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Gunnar Norden   Arranger,Director
David   Composer

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