Forever Changes is the third studio album by the American rock band Love, released by Elektra Records in November 1967. It was the final album recorded by the original band lineup; after its completion, Bryan Maclean left the group acrimoniously and the other members were dismissed by leader Arthur Lee. The album saw the group embrace a subtler folk-oriented sound and orchestration, while primary songwriter Lee explored darker themes alluding to mortality and his creeping disillusionment with the 1960s counterculture. Forever Changes had only moderate success in the album charts when it was first released in 1967; it peaked at No. 154 in the US, with a stronger showing in Great Britain, where it reached No. 24 on the UK album chart. In subsequent years, it became recognized as an influential document of 1960s psychedelia and was named among the greatest albums of all time by a variety of publications.Wikipedia
The string arrangements stand out, especially on the heels of the Eagles. Doors-y but not in a cheesy or cloned way. Not sure if it's actually underappreciated or just a victim of the "it's old and therefore underrated" curse, but I'm glad I discovered it either way.
Because it evokes the feeling of both sleeping and waking, this is at once pacific and troubling. Assuming Lee & co. are the sleepers, their dream is (surprise!) the 60's. But so too is their nightmare. Because (second surprise!) the 60's weren't all good. Not that they're making value judgements. They treat the scattered remains of the 60's with equal regard, only interested in reassembling them so that only the most intense moments remain. True to dream logic, not everything makes sense until it does: "The snot has caked against my pants / It has turned into crystal" only, well, crystallises when you consider it against "When you've given all you had / And everything still turns out bad" or "Sitting on a hillside / Watching all the people die / I'll feel much better on the other side". Musically, it's even more beguiling, following the grammar of dreams--which is to say, what grammar? Just as that slow-motion chase becomes that sex scene turns into this memory from childhood that never happened, here mellifluous melodies follow swelling strings follow puckish guitars follow rousing mariachi trumpets follow... with not a musical conjunction in sight.
I absolutely loved the first track. I'm a sucker for a horns section. The rest of the album was some very pleasant psych/pop 60s rock stuff, which is the type of music I grew up with so I definitely dug it but wasn't blown away. Cool arrangements but non to exciting lyrics. Wanna go 3.5 but I enjoyed it more than I disliked it so going with a 4.
Honestly, there's nothing really stand out here. Some of these songs are duds some are okay but nothing tips the scales either way. On balance, it's decidedly mediocre. I liked A House Is Not A Motel and Bummer In The Summer alright though. So it's saved from a failing mark on the weight of those two songs alone.
Surprised how much I ended up enjoying this album as a whole, read it was a favorite of Jim Morrison and I see why he took notes from his contemporaries here.
Je voudrais profiter de l'espace review de cet album dont je me rappelle à peine pour rendre hommage à la personne sans qui nous ne serions pas là où nous sommes aujourd'hui, je veux bien sûr parler de Robert Dimery. On lui en a fait voir de toutes les couleurs, on l'a remis en cause, détesté, incendié, insulté, roulé dans la boue... et pourtant, celui-ci est en train de nous faire changer d'avis sur cette liste des 1001 qui s'avère être une réussite. À bientôt mon Robert (je le connais personnellement, pour rappel).
Very hippie music, psychadelic and acoustic. Really liked the guitar work in this, really interesting arrangements and even some flamenco in there. Lyrics were up and down, some songs were very dark and interesting, others very flaky and folksy. Kind of reminded me of Cream from a vocal perspective but the standout really was the instrumentals here. Great album.
Candidate for my favorite non-Beatles album of the 60s. Stunning arrangements, dreamy melodies and nonsensical yet poetic lyrics that encapsulate you. Alongside Odessey and Oracle stands as the most complex and pleasant psychedelic / baroque pop album of its time. Half the tracks are masterpieces. I'm obsessed with Arthur Lee's vocal delivery and the people and settings he and MacLean describe. There's not much more to say beyond that, but I just want to stress how surreal yet clear these lyrics are. No fancy electronic affects, just classic arrangements used in creative, beautiful ways. I've been obsessed with this album since I first discovered it, and disappointed the closest (consistent) album like this is Odessey and Oracle. Favorite tracks: A House Is Not a Motel, The Red Telephone
So, there are a few "sophisticated" psychedelic albums on the 1001 list, but I feel that this is the only one that really, truly lives up to the sobriquet. Beautifully arranged and recorded (with occasionally support from Wrecking Crew session musicians), the song-writing is a little more folky than Love's previous efforts. This is definitely a 1967 album, but with a eye towards the inevitable come-down that was lurking around the corner. My favorite section, and probably most emblematic of the album's tone, is the coda of The Red Telephone, with the creep chanting of "they're locking them up today, the're throwing away the key, I wonder who it will be tomorrow, you or me?" The paranoia of the late 60s is perfectly encapsulated right there.
Some really interesting arrangements here. Many of the lyrics were thoughtful and meaningful, but there are some serious duds in here as well. Overall, I really liked it, but (I'm sorry for this) I didn't Love it. Best track: You Set the Scene
4.2 + Some beautiful and quirky songwriting with lush orchestral arrangements. It resides in its own corner of popular music, as if the writer had never once listened to the radio and decided to write this album. I’ve come back to this one a lot over the years.
I am so conflicted on how I feel about this album. On one hand I like the style a lot and the music is pretty good, on the other hand I really don't vibe well with the sound of the vocals on most of the album. I think it is a pretty solid 3 for me. I do love that Carol Kaye played on this album, she is a legend of a session musician and bass player. Everybody should go watch the video Polyphonic on YouTube made about her.
Very decent indeed.
All-time classic rock album
Love this (get it?)!
Kinda pissed that none of my musical sources introduced this to me when I was young. A sleeper for sure
Never heard of this, but it's an excellent album. Really liked it.
Obra maestra absoluta del rock psicodélico y del hippismo. Lánguido y sentido, tiene temazos para la historia.
Recommended so many times. Think I get it
Loved this, can’t believe I’ve never heard it before. I will absolutely listen and love it again.
un vrai très bon album. 4.5
Absolutely loved this. It was really fun! Luke actually introduced me to Love relatively recently, and I think I recognised a few songs anyway. They're an excellent band and do a v fun cover of Hey Joe
psychedelic fnk like a fossil of the time period o f the summer of love
Classic. Love how it’s simultaneously upbeat and morbid.
Wow, un descubrimiento total para mí. Lo amé, joya. Canciones fav: "Alone Again Or", "A House Is Not a Motel", "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This". 10/10
Really impressed with this album. Not something I would normally listen to. I liked over half of the songs on Spotify. Alone Again Or was the standout song for me and one I will listen to many times.
An underrated gem and one of my favourite psychedelic rock albums. I'm so very glad this album is on this list cause otherwise I would have never found out about it. There are plenty of album choices that I disagree with and they absolutely don't have to listened to before you die, but this one for sure fits the description.
J’ai vraiment aime. Un des bons albums de cette liste dans ce genre. Ca sinne vraiment bien pour plein d’occasion. Il est arrive a un tournant dans l’histoire et c’est un5/5 bien merite.
STONE COLD CLASSIC AND WILL LISTEN FOR ETERNITY.
Still my least favourite Love album but christ, that's just a testament to how fucking good those three albums were.
I never knew this piece of psychedelic rock existed. Still sounds well produced over 50 years later.
I've never heard of them before but I really dug this! It's a fascinating mix of folk and psych. I can really see the influence. Definitely going to keep an eye out for the vinyl.
One of my favorite album of all time
One of the best records of 67. Better than sgt pepper imo. Arthur Lee was so cool. RIP man.
Awesome! Reminds me of cream but a bit more folksy. Loved this album
"The news today will be the movies for tomorrow..." One of, if not the, greatest documents of 60s psychedelia. Nearly fifty-five years on, this album remains as seductive, influential, impactful, memorable and vital as ever. Even some of the more forgettable songs on here, which there aren't much of, maintain a punch that lasts past its last second. Never has the ugliness of the flower power era been illustrated with such beauty. If you haven't come across this album, that needs to be rectified. Love Forever Changes.
Man I love this album so much, it’s essentially the 60’s album of my childhood!: The album starts with alone again or, a brilliant song ;There’s actually less to this song than I thought but that’s not any problem! It goes perfectly with a house is not a motel, I don’t like it as much as alone again or but it’s still really good, I especially love the guitars this one and I must have forgotten all the extra noises in the outro really makes it creepy. This has only just made me see how little lyrics there really are to andmoreagain it’s a good song though I especially love the chorus. The best part of the daily planet is definitely the instrumentation the song itself is good just not as memorable as the first three. Old man is the worst off the album, it’s really just a harmless song proving some sonic change and it’s really short, just so forgettable. But right after is the red the red telephone my favourite on the album, it’s so trippy and strange! The best bit is the songs outro “ they’re locking you up today they’re throwing away the key I wonder who it’ll be tomorrow you or me”. Starting side 2 is maybe people would be the times or between clark and Hilldale i’am surprised it’s not a single to be fair it has the same feel as the first two songs, it’s good not a favourite though. Live and let live has probably the most notorious line in “ the snot gas caked against my pants it has turned to crystal”; the song is entertaining and has a nice guitar solo just much longer than I thought. The good humour man he sees everything like this, is a good song especially with the orchestral bits thrown in, I never realised it was only 3 short verses though. Bummer in the summer is alright its only short and is probably the earliest example of rapping I could possibly find, honestly though that intro bit is by far the best part of the song. You set the scene is a great closer to the album the song itself isn’t too distinctive until the orchestra then it makes a perfect satisfying ending to an already great album. Yeah it’s a really good album well sequenced well done everything there is one dud but it’s not bad enough to stop it from getting a 5.
I don't think the one-two punch of openers 'Alone Again Or' and 'A House Is Not a Motel' has ever been bettered. What a strange, illusory collection of songs. Everything kinda falls between the cracks of folk, rock and psychedelia. Just when you think you have a handle on a lyric, some discordant image jumps out to unnerve or surprise. A dark and disquieting moment in the midst of the Summer of Love.
The music on this record is sweet-sounding, gentle, vibrantly textured, yet hidden beneath is a dark underbelly of iconoclastic dread, mortality, and a sense of uneasiness. Arthur Lee’s words evoke a disillusionment with the 1960s counterculture, anticipating the ugliness that would erupt from the eventual demise of the quixotic flower-power movement, while the music matches these distressful themes with an air of bittersweet romanticism. There is an intoxicating blend of influences and styles to be heard, ranging from baroque pop to psychedelia, culminating in one of the greatest lasting impressions of the Summer of Love. Standout Tracks: Alone Again Or, A House Is Not a Motel, Andmoreagain, Live and Let Live, You Set the Scene
WE LOVE LOVE!!
Has been one of my favourite albums for longer than I care to remember. Flawless.
This is a stunning psychedelic folk album. Beautiful instrumentation, top notch recording quality and very interesting and deep lyrical themes exploring mortality and questioning the counterculture movement. I had not heard this one before, it seems to be fairly well received, but I am surprised it is not more popular than it was. I really enjoyed the listen and can't speak highly enough. Fav Tracks: Alone Again Or, Andmoreagain, Live and Let Live
I remember the first time I heard this album. I loved it then and still do.
I'll start with my only (slight) complaint: it sounds pretty dated. I even thought about dropping the album down to a 4 because of the dated sound, but the songs and musicianship are just too good. Bottom line - once you get past the dated sound, every track is good in its own way. The album has great bookends: Alone Again Or and You Set the Scene are both fantastic songs. Alone Again Or has great guitar playing and you gotta love the Spanish guitar style and mariachi horns. "You Set the Scene" is an epic with some great lyrics. I love the line: "This is the only thing that I am sure of/and that's all that lives is gonna die/And there'll always be some people here to wonder why/and for every happy hello there will be good-bye." Other great moments: A House Is Not a Motel (great guitar work), The Daily Planet, The Red Telephone (super dated, but very psychedelic and again I love the guitar work), Maybe the People... (great rhythm), Live and Let Live (particularly the chorus - "and so the story ended..."), Bummer in the Summer (Arthur Lee does his best Bob Dylan impression...also shades of Hendrix' singing style). Even some of the tracks that pushed my "holy 60s baby" buttons are good. For example, Andmoreagain is a little too "Listen to the Flower People" for me, but it has good moments. The Good Humor Man... also sounded incredibly dated but could easily have been a Burt Bacharach classic. Finally, love the singing throughout and the album gets better with each listen. Definitely a classic and I'll stick to the 5.
This is one my favorite not well-known albums of the 1960s. The songwriting on here is quite complex for a rock album. “Alone Again Or” sets the tone for rest of what’s to come. You can hear right from the opening acoustic guitar intro that this isn’t your typical album. The trumpet solo and strings are a nice touch too. Most of the album is centered around the acoustic guitar and rhythm section with the electric adding color and leads where needed. The first electric guitar that appears on the album is the doubled lead in “A House is not a Motel.” The wordplay is interesting too. The side two opener has the first word of the new verse ending the verse before. “You Set the Scene”, a song in 2 parts, is my favorite on the album apart from the opener. It wraps up the while theme or vibe of the album in a great way.
So viele Erinnerungen aus der Prenzlauer und FöJ
It was totally new for me. I liked it, good ol' 60's, good ol' drugs
It really is a lost classic.
5/5. Very unique collection of songs that surprises on each listen. A lost gem of the era.
one of the greatest albums ever. And I keep buying it in any new re-issue/re-master/box set hoping that their will be even more to discover. Can't be praised highly enough!
“Alone Again Or” is in my top 100 rock songs. I first heard it in the Wes Anderson movie “Bottle Rocket” and it’s what got me into this album in high school. The driving drama of the song pulls me in every time. The whole album is excellent - great songwriting front-to-back, with a lot of surprising turns in the songs to keep you on your toes. It's also one of those albums where every instrument and detail feels perfectly placed. There are moments of shredding psychedelic rock balanced with gentler folk passages and some wonderful horn parts too. This is a top 20 rock album for me. “The news for today will be the movies for tomorrow” - what a great line. (“A House is Not a Motel”) I love the new melody that gets introduced in the last minute of “The Red Telephone.” “Oh the snot has caked against my pants” is one of the craziest opening lines of a song I’ve ever heard. I love it 😂 ("Live and Let Live") "You Set the Scene" is an epic one and has a couple of great moments I love: - The bass line that comes in at 1:58 sounds so good - The way the song slows down at 2:20 and introduces the horns - At 5:08, Arthur Lee drops in this soulful vocal riff as if it's a Smokey Robinson song, lets it fade into the track and then moves back into the song. How does that work so well?! Genius level stuff, man. Recently I've been skeptical of modern remasters of 60's albums but this sounded fantastic on headphones. Crystal clear but stays true to the feel of the music.
Simply one of the top albums ever released Knocks nearly all other West Coast stuff for an enormous six.
This is a great album. Love has a dark, complex sound. Their standard template is minor-key folk guitar, usually finger picked, backed by dense vocal harmonies, occasional splashes of color from orchestral instruments, and very light, very low-mixed drum and bass. That template works beautifully, but when they for example want to just rock out on "A House Is Not a Motel" or "Maybe the People..." they're perfectly capable of doing that too. One key to their sound is having multiple strong lead singers - the guy who sounds white has a bit of a reedy voice, but with excellent range, while the guy who sounds black is just a great singer. That combo gives them a lot of melodic variety, but the other key to their sound is their unusual harmonies. Every song has an interesting harmonic twist - witness "Andmoreagain", where you get both the shocking jump to major as a tease to start each chorus, followed by immediately by slinking back into one of those dark, open, slightly-off-key chords they like so much, all with perfectly on-point orchestral backing. This album isn't perfect. It's very light on bass, which isn't necessarily a flaw (Love make it work for them), but it does make the sound a little thin. There isn't much you can sing along to here, in part because it's so complex. And they don't have a ton of variety in their sonic palette - they stick with the style that works throughout. But there's so much to play with here musically, more and more comes out every time I listen to it.
Though it goes off at times in some psychedelic pastures, the songs have a warmth and passion with a late 60's eclectic touch. Very enjoyable.
Already know this album, big big must listen for people who love…love? Everybody’s Gotta Live is a top song of theirs in my opinion if y’all wanna listen. I got into them after finding out Jim Morrison was a huge fan and gave a listen. Good stuff :)
I honestly was shocked I had never heard of Love, but their name accurately describes how I feel about this album.
Something weirdly moving about this. His voice is hypnotic. I loved his vocal accompaniment to the trumpet in Maybe the People. The little spurts/shreds/shouts/injections of electric guitar over the primarily acoustic is such an effective attention keeper. This feels like an album that's had some heavy influence on contemporary indie. Interesting point that they were one of the first racially diverse bands of the 60s. You can definitely see/hear it when you compare this release to their later work on Real to Real - Be Thankful for What You've Got has been a long time favourite song of mine and I had no idea that their earlier releases were so folk aligned.
Love's masterpiece. I'd say this is up there with "Pet Sounds" in terms of its gorgeous production. A pleasure from beginning to end. And God bless Arthur Lee for keeping it real during the flower power era.
Super cool. Under-rated psychedelic 60s album.
Yeah wow, it's been 30 years since I last listened to this album, and I was struck by how easily I was able to sing along with nearly every song. I love art like this: singular, insular, off-kilter, beautiful and dark. This album is the paranoid sibling of Piper at the Gates of Dawn. It's like Burt Bacharach meets Philip K Dick. In terms of personal appreciation, this is probably a 4 for me—as much as I love it, I guess i don't love it so much that I've felt the need to listen to it in the past 30 years—but I'm rounding up to 5, mostly because I love that something this unique was ever allowed to be released into the world.
Fucked up that this isn’t more famous
Ordentligt sväng i Live And Let Live!
The very best of 60's psychedelic folk rock
Good album, enjoyable and joyous sound, no huge hit but fits well together
Enjoyed this one. Psychedelic rock is not usually my jam but I did enjoy this. Definitely interesting to read about and may listen to again
Very solid. Maybe the people would be the times is easily my favorite on the album. Gives me feels of early ska roots mixed with Spanish influenced jazz
Occasionally dips into generic folk pop, but overall very enjoyable. Love the dark edge a couple of the songs have, it's something that sets this apart from, for example, The Byrds.
Honestly? Thought this was going to be around a one. But it seemed very honest and real, and I really ended up enjoying it! Symphonic at times, like the very last track? Reminded me of The Beatles in a lot of ways!
Neat! Kind of Beatles-esque, but very well-produced and well-written for its time. Added some songs to my playlists.
Skön Psych-pop från 60 talet.
Again, how have I not heard of this band (but everyone knows their songs)? Catchy sing-alongs!
I did like it. Will listen again.
Lovely, and in the style of good '60s music the lyrics are painful (in a good way)
Hippy disillusion in a folky stew.
Typischer 60er-70er-Sound. Coole Harmonien.
YES! YES! YES!!
Musically this reminded me a lot of The Doors. Except for the singer, who wasn't great. The music is good though for the most part.
A very interesting album that sounds like the 60s but offers some very unique sounds, lyrics and songwriting. A good album overall.
Alone Again Or.
I remember seeing this album cover in all the record shops in Sudbury but didn't listen to until CKCU a couple decades later. I remember really loving "Maybe the People". In the age of synths and samples it's hard to imagine that these youngsters wrote their own horn and string arrangements! Their sound is from a long-gone era.
Liking the mostly Latin flavor to this. This sounds a lot more modern than 1967 and reminds me of lots of artists who came after this so was clearly an influential record. My only gripe is when it wanders off in a psychedelic direction which i think makes it lose some of its energy and drive which is there for most of the album in spades. A surprisingly great rock record that I have only just heard for the first time. 4/5
Nice album to listen to
4/5 insteresting album, I'd buy it!
It was alright. Greatest album of all time? I dunno. Good all around. A house is not a motel is a great song
Loved the album!
Holy shit, this was great
Enjoyed this one! Alone Again Or was my favourite track.
Really fun to listen to. Waayyy before my time, yet I found myself wanting to make a snowboard or mountain bike film set to it.
Psychedelic Rock! Interesting for sure
what an album, turned me on to rap after lupe
Good vibes to start the week off right
16. São doces e joviais, como o calor do Verão. MotA: The Red Telephone "Yeah, said it's all right, I won't forget / All the times I've waited patiently for you"
all you need is Love- sorry wrong song
We liked it, would listen again- nice chilled vibes but uplifting
Surprised by this album and its influence. Definitely a re-listen
Really liked this one, not heard of Love but every time I find a new album from this era usually end up liking it. Recognised a few of the tracks as well
Je suis très surpris de pouvoir me permettre d'accorder un nouveau 4, ce qui porte mon total de 4/5 à cinq attributions sur les six derniers albums. Je suis d'autant plus surpris que cet album n'avait sur le papier rien pour m'attirer, album de rock des années 60 rimant toujours avec copie des Beatles. Il n'en etait rien pour une fois, cet album étant rempli de personnalité, on peut néammoins regretter la petite faute de parcours sur la 6eme piste, lorsque le chanteur de Love commence a frénétiquement répeter "we all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine", comme un spasme difficile à effacer. Mais nous n'en tiendrons pas rigueur pour cette fois.
You know, I like this. It has a different feel to most '60s music. It's a little darker and more cynical. I like it.
Good, not great. Would listen again.
Класный ретро рок с элементами фолка и психоделики. Переслушать обязательно.
Somehow this group and this album had never made it onto my radar before. It seems like it's held up as a masterwork of 1960s psychedelic rock - and that feels a fair assessment. Some of the tracks feel firmly rooted in the 1960s but other tunes have a longer shadow and it's clear just how deeply they influenced rock, pop and indie artists in years to come. The only thing I'd be critical of is that some of the lyrical rhymes are really lazy but at the same time, it feels like they might have been the first ones doing this particular style so maybe they get that.
pretty, pretty good
I want to see the Tarantino movie that'd have this as it's soundtrack
Good album but nothing to highlight about it
Pretty good. Not particularly memorable individual songs, but good overall
very light. easy. some familiar hits. very pleasant listen.
Very good psychedelia. 7/10
Been listening to this for years, but good to have a reminder. Really like it.
I didn't realise how many of the songs on this album had come up in Spotify playlists for me, but really enjoyed this one
i like it!
This was neat, never heard this before. Good stuff. Great songs. Especially liked "A House is Not a Motel".
the dark side of the hippy dream
не ну так чот послушал нормально и не напряжно
This got better and better as I got a handle on the style of this record. Sounds extremely well-rehearsed, creatively composed and recorded. Mostly conventionally “pretty,” but there are more weird and brave steps everywhere that pretty much land well. This one will need to get repeats when I come back around to the greatest hits of this list.
every once in a while the lyrics resonated with something in me. it didnt happen consistently, but when it did, it gave me this special feeling music can give you where you feel understood and included by something bigger than your own silly little everyday life.
Sehr angenehm woodstock
not just your average 60s folk rock, this album plunges you right into the heart of a hippie party but theres something particularly unique and timeless about the songwriting. the melodies always manage to go in unexpected directions. this is another album i grew up listening to and it'll always be special to me. fav tracks are the red telephone and maybe the people would be the times...
i really enjoyed this album. lots of solid tracks, especially the first song is a 5/5 !
A little too mellow for my taste, but the album flowed very smoothly. Relaxing music, hadn't heard of this band before. Favorite track: Alone Again Or
Some of these tracks slap but some seriously fucking suck The ones that I like I LOVE especially the Spanish influence
like its alright kinda goes up and down i like it when its more rambling/psychedelic, the violin kinda fucks it up for me tho
Un album che riascoleterei volentieri
Catchy folky rock
I'd never heard of Love until I started using Spotify. They frequently add Alone Again Or to a variety of playlists because it's such a genre hopper, with those excellent harmonies. The rest of the album doesn't disappoint, with that lovely contrast of sweet backing against some dark lyrics.
Forever Changes shows brilliant and well-crafted arrangements on well-felt compositions. Also, this is an iconic album cover for an iconic album.
An inspiration for a lot of modern psych rock/pop artist. Classic album of his genre !
love this album. 1960s psychedelic flower power. easy to listen to.
E ovo je baš lijep album. Meni dovoljno. Odlična psiholedija sa velikim dodatkom folka i bome dobro ide ruka pod ruku. Album za sunčana jutra. Alone Again Or i Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale (postigli su taj indie rock zvuk i to u 60-ima) su vrh. Zasad je čvrsta četvorka, hoće biti nešto jače, tipa 4.5? Vidjet ćemo.
A strong 4
Presqu'un 5/5 Prefs: Alone Again Or, A House is not a Motel, Andmoreagain, The Daily Planet, Maybe the People Would be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale, Live and Let Live, Bummer in the Summer, You Set the Scene Moins pref: The Red Telephone
Довольно смелый альбом для тех времён. Приятный, мелодичный, изобретательный
I liked it when I listened to it but don’t remember
Ah love Love but this album was tough Love.
Have it, so am biased
Genial. Muy fresco para ser de los 60
It is undoubtedly an original record, with orchestrations here and there worthy of classical music elegantly complementing the rock instrumentation. (7/10) FT: Alone Again Or
Super fun early psychedelic album. I am surprised I haven't stumbled upon this band before. I hear lots of different psychedelic artists within this album, Donovan and the Moody Blues are among the first to come to mind. The Red Telephone really reminded me of MGMT, possibly an influence for them? Really well produced, loving the use of strings in combination with the guitars underneath the vocals to give it that real dreamy feel. Accented horns in other tracks managed to fit in perfectly. Great album. Fave tracks: Andmoreagain, The Red Telephone, Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale
Yeah, it's alright, I won't forget
I think I need to give more time but very good
One of the more noteworthy albums from the psychadelic rise of the 60s, there's plenty here to be invested in. A sprawling production featuring horns and strings with just enough psychadelic trip outs sprinkled in. If you love stuff like the Beatles and the Zombies, then definitely don't skip this one. Favorites: "Alone Again Or" "A House Is Not a Motel", "The Red Telephone"
Dig it. Added to 1
A fantastic album with intriguing lyrics and musical arrangements that have elements from multiple genres. The songs are never straightforward and go off in unexpected directions which add to a sense of unease and darkness that runs through the album.
Really good. Love the variety of instruments and styles. Really fun little folk melody in Andmoreagain.
I have this album in my collection! Not one I listen to often, but I do enjoy it quite a bit. Solid 4-star album.
The red telephone é interessante. Call The Doctor do JJ Cale é muito legal também
I feel like my rating is being swayed by what I read of this album and its eventual critical acclaim for its importance in moving forward 60's hippie rock. This album is for sure a 3 - Alone Again Or is a classic with underrated musical complexity, A House is Not a Motel has great guitarwork (soft opener and hard closer). Probably because of those two I paid attention to the rest of the album for its musical chops. These guys can definitely play and arrange cool extras like horns & strings. I took note of The Daily Planet (lively), The Red Telephone (Jefferson-esque psychedelic weird), Maybe the People... (lots of instruments), Live and Let Live (again, something just lively and good guitarwork), The Good Humor Man... (they do a lot with the sound), Bummer in the Summer (neat tempo and you can hear the guitar playing dexterity) and You Set the Scene (great closer and again so much going on with the sound). Beyond all that the whole album is full of wickedly dark and clever lyrics - I think more than anything those glum undertones separate this album from its contemporaries. In the end, it's a pretty cool album but you'd miss a lot of it if you only listened to it a couple times.
have never heard of this group before. I felt like the album started off strong and ended a little weaker. overall I like but sounds familiar (re: like other things) but nothing exceptional.
jai attendu tout l'album durant la petite étincelle de la cinquième étoile: elle n'est jamais venue
Ça a démarré en grande pompe puis continué en moyenne pompe
More mellow than 'Da Capo' with thoughtful acoustic instrumentation and a healthy dose of brass and piano. The delivery has been subdued and the lyrics are more dark. This album expresses skepticism of the counterculture scene, realizing that unbridled positivity won't fix real problems. The music is more expansive, building on that introspection.
I haven't listened to this in a long time and it still sounds really cool and forward-thinking for a 60s album. It's melodically rich, full of nice string and electric guitar, and it's a great vibe. That said, not a fan of how much it meanders with how short the songs can be and it's the reason this isn't a classic for me. It's just a really solid release from Love.
Great album. If every song was as good as the best tracks it would be an easy 5 but unfortunately it’s not quite that inventive the whole way through
gostei, musica boa pra um dia de sol
Very late 60s
Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Alone again or, The red telephone, Maybe the people would be the times…
Solid. Great orchestration.
Enjoyed it and was surprised at how good of an album it is because I don't ever recall hearing any of these songs along with the band (although I think this is the 2nd "Love" album on this list). Vocals are nice, but are probably the least impressive element on the album for me- specifically though the vocal performances split from the lyrics. I think the lyrics are great, the instrument performances are great, the songwriting is really surprisingly great (SO many layers and interesting turns). I think I'll have to add this album to a rotation because it doesn't let up or have any boring parts. Lmfao the lyrics. The start of "The Red Telephone" is "Sitting on a hillside, watching all the people die". Overall I liked it a lot!
Good album, 3.5 so rated it as 4
El disc hippie per excel.lència i un dels clàssics dels '60 que millor conserva la seva força, sense perdre l'essència del seu moment. La primera cara és d'una qualitat impressionant, 5 estrelles clamoroses amb 3 grans clàssics de 6 temes absurdament bons. La segona part perd una mica de força, però la seva solvència continua sent incontestable. Un disc màgic
I really loved this one. I’ll still need to dive into it more, especially to go through the lyrics. My favourite tracks: Alone again or; Andmoreagain; Maybe the people… (especially loved the solos on this one)
I liked this, but am not as bowled over by it as I'm clearly supposed to be. Sometimes it sounds like a lot of other records from that time.
I really liked this album. I don't think I've ever heard or the band before. It's like soft-psychedelica. Casual psych? I don't know. The lyrics in a few songs were a bit weird and the rhymes pretty simple, but I like weird, and the music was good so whatever.
One I know well. Saw the whole thing performed by the original guitarist plus others a month ago. Whimsical acoustic psychedelia. Alone Again Or is a key 60s track. It works well as an album. A strong 4.
Not the music I'm used to, but it was rather fine! I enjoyed all the songs.
this album is so, so fantastic it's been way too long since i got into this one, but this brand of 60s folk-rock is so excellent, and it's made better by the absolute triumphant guitar work (acoustic and electric) on every track. my bassist brain is making me say this: i could have asked for a bit more from the bass on a lot of these tracks. i get that you need your foundation, but you gotta let those low tones shine, especially when so much of your guitar playing is in upper registers. you set the scene does a great job of letting the bass shine, and thus is one of my favorites on the album. the combination of tones on the acoustic and electric is so, so cool. i can only hope and strive to get my guitar tone similar to that of the electric on daily planet or live and let live. such a forward, aggressive sound that fits so perfectly into the soundscape that's being created. the thing about 60s acoustic/folk-y stuff like that is that the lyrics can get... a little silly: What are you seeing? (I see...) How do you feel? I'll feel real phony when my name is Phil Or was that Bill? or Oh, the snot has caked against my pants It has turned into crystal There's a bluebird sitting on a branch I guess I'll take my pistol I've got it in my hand Because he's on my land alright man. very cool, thanks. luckily, if you get past that, there are some really insightful lines in this album. and, even if you don't like any of the lyrics, the instrumentation is top notch and makes this album worth listening to on its own. i want to give a special shoutout to the horn section on this record, they have a lot of really great stretches that add an extra dynamic to the already fantastic band. love is a totally revolutionary group, and it's very good that they got their due, even if it wasn't necessarily right at the time of release.
Listened to this album a few years ago, because I love the Love (wow!) song "Everybody's Gotta Live," which I heard in the movie JoJo Rabbit. Listened to this record on a flight home from Phoenix to Las Vegas in March 2020, which ultimately ended up being a one-way flight (Thanks, Rudy Gobert). Circumstances definitely made it harder to enjoy this record then, so I'm hoping for a different experience this time, but I do remember Love sounding like nobody else I've ever heard before. Their blend of psychedelic rock and folk is tough to replicate. I would imagine they're a big reason why bands like A War on Drugs and Neutral Milk Hotel exist. Andmoreagain is a standout, certainly somewhere between James Taylor and David Bowie, which is a pretty fucking cool place for a song to be. The lyrics on The Red Telephone are great, especially the numbers bit on the second verse. "If you want to count me, count me out." You Set The Scene is a very good outro. I remember it being my favorite track on first listen and that hasn't changed. All in all, a very good album that I don't see myself revisiting a lot, but had a hell of a time listening to. Favorite Tracks: Andmoreagain, You Set The Scene, The Daily Planet Least Favorite Tracks: The Good Humor Man (...)
most of these songs do the thing where it builds up and feels tense and then does that release thing which i can’t explain too well but it’s one of my favorite things in music and hearing it on most of this album was v fun i can’t really remember distinct tracks but it’s solid work i might just come back to it but for now i think its nice music to die to uhhhhh
Nothing to do with the album itself, but the Apple remaster (compared to my tape and CD versions) sounds really off. It's as though the instruments have been relevelled by someone who hadn't actually heard the songs first. What you can take from this is that I like this album a lot, and I've liked it a lot for a long time. The End
This is my kinda hippy music
This was some fun and foundational psych, I dig it man. I think I'm gonna need to be revisit this a few more times in the future to really get a feel on it, bit I like it a lot.!
Haunting and expressive while still firmly a Summer of Love record, Forever Changes was released in the same year as the Doors' debut (they were label mates) and is a clear insight into the darker turn of rock to come. If it were for stronger vocals, this could easily be confused for a Doors demo. For me the best tracks on this album are in the peak of folk psychedelia. Violins are used throughout the record and create a gothic atmosphere the contrast with sunny guitars. Lyrics range from introspective to a bit silly. "I think people are the greatest fun/ And I will be alone again" Favourite song - Alone Again Or
lonely contentment a quiet but loving friend I'll always turn to
Surprised at the accessibility for psychedelic folk rock. Almost every track was great
I’d never heard of Love before, but I will listen to Forever Changes again. Definitely has a 60s psychedelic vibe. I am liking the rhythms and drumming on “The Daily Planet”. Forever changes seems very well recorded for 1967. “Maybe the People will be the times…” is groovy. After finishing this album, it seems generally ahead of it’s time. The songs have intricate layers. I could see this album being served with some shrooms.
Orchestral folk psychedelia. Complex arrangements, dark lyrics. Maybe the soundtrack to the scene in monty python holy grail when lancelot kills everyone. Solid shit. Lee is boss.
notes - psychedelic folk rock - last album with the bands original lineup - leaning more into a folk sound - the drumming on this album is fantastic - some songs are stronger vocally than others - the opening track is so incredible and nothing else reaches the same level - Consistent mood and tone to the whole thing that really sucks you in, recorded really well Fav - Alone again or - What a song to start the album on least fav - Bummer in the summer - Fun little song but def not my fav 4/5
Nice listen. Fav track: Alone Again Or
Cool folksy classic rock
Solid and enjoyed the drumming on this project
Thought 3 songs were really good but