Love: Forever Changes

Artikkelnr.: UDSACD 2131

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Love Anticipates Late 1960s Turbulence Via Prophetic Songs and Dark Themes

Any discussion about the finest psychedelic rock record ever recorded is incomplete if it doesn´t grant consideration to Love´s Forever Changes. Ranked by Rolling Stone as the 40th greatest album ever made, and named by Mojo the second-greatest psychedelic set in history, the effort is an internationally recognized seminal work of art. Transcending language and convention, its magnitude and magnificence need to be heard again and again. For here is an effort whose mind-boggling acoustic complexities and kaleidoscopic nuances are tailored for high-fidelity playback.

 

Commercially ignored upon release in November 1967, Forever Changes confronts the alienation, paranoia, violence, and strife that would soon plague the countercultural movement and send the Summer of Love into a tailspin. Apart from its lyrical themes and prescient malaise, the record´s enduring nature equally owes to intertwined arrangements sewn together with Latin guitar-picked lines, finessed folk harmonies, mariachi-inspired horn charts, and subdued strings.

The seemingly opposing combination – ominous, dark reflections situated amidst lush, light melodic beds – affords Forever Changes a distinguished tension of claustrophobia and openness, dourness and ecstasy, ugliness and elegance enjoyed by no other record in the rock canon. Much of the contrast owes to leader Arthur Lee´s mental state and pertinent observations. Lee, whose suppressed romanticism often surfaces even amidst the blackest shadows and most cynical moments, believed he would soon die, and hence channeled everything from lasting hopes to acid-addled decay to the chilling testimony of a Vietnam veteran in his narratives.

Alternatively sad and beautiful, the album-opening and flamenco-inspired "Alone Again Or" establishes the mood for what follows. Vocals overlap and soar; tempos rise and fall; surrealism trades places with reality. Forever Changes thrives both because of and in spite of a surfeit of labyrinthine chords and difficult notes that never repeat. Its ambitious construction almost forced the already fractured band to cede responsibilities to session musicians, which appear on two tracks. The quintet´s resolve to not only complete the album, but to do so with such poignancy and curiosity, further enhances Forever Changes´ standing.

No wonder that, in the twilight of his troubled career, Lee performed the record in its entirely during concerts met with overwhelming critical acclaim. It was, and will always be, a personal manifesto of timeless relevance and appeal.

FOREVER CHANGES
Artist Love
Tittel Forever Changes
Sjanger Pop / Rock 
Mastret av Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 
Format CD / SACD  (Hybrid SACD )
Antall plater
Lydkvalitet Audiofil
Plateselskap Mobile Fidelity
Utgivelsesdato 1967 / 2014 
Platenummer UDSACD 2131
Spilletid  
Diverse Nummerert!
Opplag Begrenset opplag 
FOREVER CHANGES
Nr          TITTEL      
01 Alone Again Or 
02 A House Is Not A Motel 
03 Andmoreagain 
04 The Daily Planet 
05 Old Man 
06 The Red Telephone 
07 Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale 
08 Live And Let Live 
09 The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This 
10  Bummer In The Summer 
11 You Set The Scene