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Forever Changes - Love

Psychedelic - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Warner Strategic Marketing, Elektra - Distributor: Arvato Services, Cinram Logistics - Released: 19/0...

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Review of "Forever Changes - Love"

published 06/11/2006 | pughga
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Pro Possibly one of the finest album's ever made. Full of beautiful melodies and fine pop songs
Cons An album and artist that are criminally not household names. Arthur Lee died before recognition was fully realised.
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"The finest guitar album ever to grace Earth"

Arthur Lee (RIP) is not only a legend waiting to be discovered, but a genius that was never realised. This album is his finest and considered by many to be his masterpiece and peak output. The album was released in 1967 and totally sank without a trace in his native America. However, in the UK, the album peaked at number 24, gaining a cult status for years to come, as the "undiscovered" masterpiece you should own.

In this remastered edition the original album is featured (digitally restored) plus 7 extra tracks of alternate takes, b-sides and previously unissued material. The 24 page colour booklet also includes interesting history on the making of the album and a brief biography of Arthur Lee and the different guises of Love up to that point, also aiming at an audience that may not invest in any of his other releases.

Track by track every song is beautifully crafted either utilising full horn sections, string quartets and even the ocassional full orchestra. The sheer production values also do not hint at an album made in the 60's, rather an album looking back retrospectively at the 60's.

Opener, "Alone again or" has a slight latin feel to it and is simply one of the best opening tracks for an album and even manages to sum up the 1960s. The acoustic guitar hints at how a summer album is supposed to be played. An image is conjoured up of Lee sitting on a porch in the middle of a summer's sunset. It is a wonderful song, with no sense of urgency or pretenses and sets up the album perfectly.

The album then breezes along with a warm feeling and slight psychedlia added for good measure (especially during the chorus "Old Man" with Lee singing "Heart" yet someone else shouting "Face" and another voice shouting "Head" over the top. Again, a unique capturing of a time on record.

"Maybe the people would be the times...", the halfway point of the record is almost the highlight of the album, with it's interjecting horn acting like a dancer reacting to Lee's lyrics. However, final song "You Set The Scene" is an amazing song. An epic, and a perfect ending to any album. The song is in two movements, the first a medium paced acoustic guitar driven song reflecting on life that is happening and the second being led by the orchestra and remincing on life that has been and passed. The best thing about this song is that it has no chorus and on first listen, simply takes you on a journey but on repeated listen (much like the rest of the album) it rewards deeply.

Whilst this album remains critically Lee's peak output, his other albums are also worth checking out (Da Capo, Love, Four Sail). Without Lee it is worth mentioning that The Doors may not have found a record deal (especially at Elektra where Lee personally recommended them to) and Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe" would simply never existed had Lee not shown him his version of the song (on his original album, though sounding totally different-very Who-esque). Hendrix, a life long friend of Lee's, also (unbeknown to many) duetted with Lee on two of his later albums.

If you do not own this album, and you like guitar music, this is simply an album you must own. It is the most unpretentious album ever made with heart and soul embedded in every note and lyric. It is best listening to late in the afternoon, finishing as the sun goes down.

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  • alleycat01 published 06/11/2006
    Great review - well done. alley x
  • Miles13 published 06/11/2006
    This is a must own album for all true music fans-Milt
  • n13roy published 06/11/2006
    WOW.......A blast from the past here, I used to have this on Vinyl, all those Years ago, not heard it for a long time now though.............Roy.....
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Psychedelic - StudioRecording - 1 CD(s) - Label: Warner Strategic Marketing, Elektra - Distributor: Arvato Services, Cinram Logistics - Released: 19/02/2001 - 81227353728

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