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Forever Changes

Love

1967

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Forever Changes

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5

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.

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5

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.

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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.

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4

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.

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4

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.

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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).

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5

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.

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5

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

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4

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

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4

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.

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5

Very decent indeed.

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5

All-time classic rock album

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5

Love this (get it?)!

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5

Kinda pissed that none of my musical sources introduced this to me when I was young. A sleeper for sure

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5

mt bom

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5

Absolute banger

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5

Never heard of this, but it's an excellent album. Really liked it.

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5

Obra maestra absoluta del rock psicodélico y del hippismo. Lánguido y sentido, tiene temazos para la historia.

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5

Recommended so many times. Think I get it

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5

Loved this, can’t believe I’ve never heard it before. I will absolutely listen and love it again.

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5

un vrai très bon album. 4.5

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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

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5

psychedelic fnk like a fossil of the time period o f the summer of love

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5

Classic. Love how it’s simultaneously upbeat and morbid.

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5

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

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

STONE COLD CLASSIC AND WILL LISTEN FOR ETERNITY.

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5

Still my least favourite Love album but christ, that's just a testament to how fucking good those three albums were.

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5

I never knew this piece of psychedelic rock existed. Still sounds well produced over 50 years later.

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5

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.

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5

One of my favorite album of all time

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5

One of the best records of 67. Better than sgt pepper imo. Arthur Lee was so cool. RIP man.

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5

Awesome! Reminds me of cream but a bit more folksy. Loved this album

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5

"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.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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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.

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5

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

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5

WE LOVE LOVE!!

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5

Has been one of my favourite albums for longer than I care to remember. Flawless.

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4

Ordentligt sväng i Live And Let Live!

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4

The very best of 60's psychedelic folk rock

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4

Good album, enjoyable and joyous sound, no huge hit but fits well together

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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.

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4

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!

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4

Neat! Kind of Beatles-esque, but very well-produced and well-written for its time. Added some songs to my playlists.

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4

Skön Psych-pop från 60 talet.

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4

Again, how have I not heard of this band (but everyone knows their songs)? Catchy sing-alongs!

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4

I did like it. Will listen again.

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4

Lovely, and in the style of good '60s music the lyrics are painful (in a good way)

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4

Hippy disillusion in a folky stew.

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4

Typischer 60er-70er-Sound. Coole Harmonien.

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4

YES! YES! YES!!

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4

funky! enjoyed

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4

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.

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4

Suena bien!

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4

A very interesting album that sounds like the 60s but offers some very unique sounds, lyrics and songwriting. A good album overall.

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4

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.

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4

Good

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4

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

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4

Nice album to listen to

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4

4/5 insteresting album, I'd buy it!

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4

It was alright. Greatest album of all time? I dunno. Good all around. A house is not a motel is a great song

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4

Sick

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4

pretty cool

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4

4/5

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4

Loved the album!

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4

Holy shit, this was great

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4

Enjoyed this one! Alone Again Or was my favourite track.

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4

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.

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4

Psychedelic Rock! Interesting for sure

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4

what an album, turned me on to rap after lupe

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4

Good vibes to start the week off right

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4

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"

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4

all you need is Love- sorry wrong song

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4

great

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4

We liked it, would listen again- nice chilled vibes but uplifting

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4

easy listening

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4

Surprised by this album and its influence. Definitely a re-listen

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4

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

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

Good, not great. Would listen again.

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Класный ретро рок с элементами фолка и психоделики. Переслушать обязательно.

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4

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.

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4

pretty, pretty good

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4

I want to see the Tarantino movie that'd have this as it's soundtrack

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4

Good album but nothing to highlight about it

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4

Pretty good. Not particularly memorable individual songs, but good overall

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4

very light. easy. some familiar hits. very pleasant listen.

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4

Very good psychedelia. 7/10

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4

Been listening to this for years, but good to have a reminder. Really like it.

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4

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

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4

i like it!

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4

This was neat, never heard this before. Good stuff. Great songs. Especially liked "A House is Not a Motel".

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4

the dark side of the hippy dream

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не ну так чот послушал нормально и не напряжно

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4

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.

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4

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.

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4

Sehr angenehm woodstock

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4

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...

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4

i really enjoyed this album. lots of solid tracks, especially the first song is a 5/5 !

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4

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

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4

Some of these tracks slap but some seriously fucking suck The ones that I like I LOVE especially the Spanish influence

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8/10

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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

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4

Un album che riascoleterei volentieri

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4

Catchy folky rock

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4

happilly impressed

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4

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.

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60’s psychedelia

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4

Forever Changes shows brilliant and well-crafted arrangements on well-felt compositions. Also, this is an iconic album cover for an iconic album.

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4

An inspiration for a lot of modern psych rock/pop artist. Classic album of his genre !

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4

love this album. 1960s psychedelic flower power. easy to listen to.

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4

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.

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A strong 4

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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

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4

Довольно смелый альбом для тех времён. Приятный, мелодичный, изобретательный

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4

I liked it when I listened to it but don’t remember

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Ah love Love but this album was tough Love.

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4

Have it, so am biased

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4

Genial. Muy fresco para ser de los 60

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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

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3

Cool folksy classic rock

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3

Solid and enjoyed the drumming on this project

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Thought 3 songs were really good but

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Surprisingly better than what I was expecting

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Very cool incorporation of electric guitar leads into largely acoustic rhythm guitars Blend of folk balladry and psych rock Nice, concise songwriting Warm but clear 60s production Last two songs are the best on the album

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alone again or omiljenaaa

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3

lite intetsägande. drar inte åt något håll.

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3

Interesting musical arrangements, great sweeping orchestral melodies, the lyrics and vocal stylings are a little too disjointed and distracting

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3

Meget hippie agtigr album. Ikke dårligt men måske heller ikke så interessant.

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3

Okay. Not very exciting classic rock.

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Pretty good, hippy dippy stuff. Will listen with headphones for the psychedelic experience

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3

A lot of plaudits for the album but it sounds like a lot of things from that time. Maybe I didn't listen closely enough to appreciate but it was a bit forgettable for me.

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2.9

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Meist meh…manchmal ganz reizvoll. Schlechte drei.

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Definitely of its time. Not really my taste, but I enjoyed all the positive vibes and grooves.

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3

Really enjoyed this. Will endeavour to listen to it again. Couple of songs I wasn't madly keen on red telephone for one.

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very 60's...not bad

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Verrassend goed, ga ik zeker nog eens luisteren

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3

A couple great songs.

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Dreamscape 60's, a mostly light-hearted trip rock experience. Overall a great listen, but sometimes just feels like it's missing something I can't put my finger on. A lot of 60's music I feel is on this list, I'd say this ranks among others of the decades, somewhere in the middle of the pack. True feeling: 3.3/5

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I wasnt into this at the start but the album really built for me. I liked Live and Let Live and Bummer in the Summer

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Pretty darn good.

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It was good! Had a synthy vibe that predated its time for sure. Also, anytime a rock band uses brass, I'm a fan. Probably wont repeat listen though

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Sort of folky psychedelic rock from the late 60s. It's one of those albums that I'm sure some people point to as "that was when music peaked" but it's just not my style at all.

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Good sounds not than much special

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loved the start of this album, interest tapered near the end. Sounds like a lot of psych rock, but enjoyable! I'm curious if my lack of interest near the end is due to the fact that this style was so influential and I have been exposed to many imitations and tropes that reduce the value of the original in my brain? interesting range of styles and instrumentation found within, and cool to see an interracial band find success in the 60's in the genre.

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Rock suave, algo psicodélico

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"Bakgrundsmusik." - S "Trivsamt, men intetsägande." - A

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Ich mag die perkussiven Sachen und den Psychedelik-Vibe. Trotzdem bin ich dieser folk-/acidfolkigen Variante von Hippiemusik weniger zugeneigt. Schlage mein Zelt lieber in den Camps der z.B. Byrds oder bei Santana auf als bei Jefferson Airplane oder eben Love (wobei zumindest das der Byrds auch nicht gerade am entgegengesetzten Ende des Platzes steht). Oder natürlich ganz woanders bei Velvet Underground. Lieblingsnummer hier: Bummer In the Summer. Insgesamt: 2,8.

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Was soll man dagegen haben können; hübsche Songs in hübschen Harmonien. Alles etwas seicht, ohne konzentriertes Hinhören nah am Überhören. So stell ich mir seit jeher die folky Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Seite der 60s vor. Retro 3.2

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This is some nice 60s psych pop, definitely going to be coming back to this one. I love how warm and rich the production is, the orchestration is nice.

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Love has always popped up on my Spotify playlists as a bit of a one hit wonder, so this is probably my first go at listening to a full album. It's alright, some great moments, some forgettable parts. Not something I'd actively seek out, but probably wouldn't hit "next" when it pops up.

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Is “Love” the most bold/hubris ridden band name? Naming your band after the biggest emotion, the one everyone sings about? I’d only heard, “Alone Again” and always liked it, but was pleasantly surprised by this album. This is like a combo of The Association and Herb Alpert or Burt Bacharach and Canned Heat, hippie pop gold. There are some pretty great/interesting things happening instrumentally, even some experimental moments (did I hear a like DJ scratch at the end of “good humor man?”). My critique is that I’m not a huge fan of the vocals, sort of underwhelming—which could be a stylistic choice—and the lyrics were at times bad. Ultimately, a pretty cool album. Solid B.

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Me as hypothetical record label executive "The name is great. The kids are into peace and love right now. Love sells. But I don't hear a single." Unique instrumentation with some gypsy guitar and classical strings. Battle horns. Interesting chord changes. I get why it's acclaimed. But where are the hooks, man? B-

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Classic 60's acid casualty psych-folk. BT: Alone Again Or, A House is not a Motel, The Red Telephone

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Didn't stand out.

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Despite the cover art, Forever Changes could not be further from psychedelia. Rather, it combines two of my least favorite genres, folk and garage (and the occasional fillip of mariachi), albeit with more aggressive and convoluted rhythms and song structures than is usual with folk influenced 60s music. Still, regardless of how I personally feel about this music, I must admit that the songwriting is startlingly original. Arthur Lee and Bryan MacLean seem incapable of writing a cliched melody or chord sequence. The string and brass arrangements are also highly unusual for this kind of material and seem to be organic, not merely tacked on. One barrier to enjoying this album, at least for me, is how on a couple of the more full throttle tunes, singer Arthur Lee is perpetually a quarter tone off key. But on the more pastoral tunes, this isn't really a problem. A bigger problem for me is that none of the melodies really sticks to my brain. So, between the fact that I don't really enjoy the stylistic elements Love is using on this album, and that I don't find the melodies and hooks compelling or memorable, I'm left with admiring Arthur Lee's originality. And I have the nagging feeling that Love achieved whatever it is that they were going for. Forever Changes has the feeling of a fully realized work. It's just not for me.

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Forrest Gump

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Mostly easy to listen to.

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Mellow, man

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Pretty bland, but it's okay. Inoffensive.

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Enjoyed this more than the other Love album this week. Some really cool tracks

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achei bom de ouvir

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false

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Decent enough sandwich. Bright start and end but a little stodgy in the middle.

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This was the first album where I didn't know anything about the band, or any of the tracks on the album. Through either the music or the lyrics it was quickly apparent that this album was from the late 60s or early 70s. As I listened to the first track, the lead singer reminded me of the lead singer from the Moody Blues. The horns on some of the tracks reminded me of early Chicago. There were tracks that I liked ("Alone Again Or", "The Daily Planet"). There were tracks that I didn't like so much ("Andmoreagain", "The Red Telephone"), and overall the album gets a 3. As if the album was making sure that I had a full experience, it finishes with "You Set the Scene", which is full of lyrics that had me asking '¿what?', and I don't understand. For example: "There's a private in my boat and he wears Pins instead of medals on his coat There's a chicken in my nest and she won't Lay until I've given her my best" ¿Do I want to know? At first glance, the rest of the lyrics weren't clearing anything up for me either.

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The first song is a favorite covered by the Damned. Really great song. First time hearing the whole album.

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Not bad.

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60s psych pop. Ok I guess

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It's just one of those 60's albums, y'know? Sometimes you find something, sometimes you don't. As for ratings go, I like the voice of the singer as well as the instrumentation, even if I don't find it fancy. Maybe I would like a different project by Love more. Highlights: 1, 3, 6, and 9.

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Definitely what hippies listened to, pretty chill 6/10

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Groovy. I like the drums.

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Only the concert album was available on iTunes. Didn’t quite finish .

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I enjoyed

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Hard to see why this is a standout album from a million others released late sixties but it's okay. It has its moments (few and far between) like "Maybe the people..." that bump this album up from 2 stars to 3 for me - the horns & guitar solo in this number are great.

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Very familiar with Alone Again Or, and always liked it. Was hoping "Always See Your Face" would be on this album. Pleasantly consistent, but I doubt I'll have an interest in listening to the entire album again. It's fine.

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ok for 1st listen

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Very 1967.

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Weird but interesting. Like Fairport with a bit of Jethro Tull mixed in.

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This album was okay. I enjoyed parts of it, but it felt pretty bland after a while.

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This was pretty good. I like this era of music a lot but some of it wasn't as good as the opener.

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A very light 3. A couple of stand out tracks, the album opener was especially nice

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yesh rustige sesh. Ga ik onthouden (grapje mijn brein laat het niet toe)

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Dont hate it dont love it. Sommige stukskes met blaasintrumenten (denk ik) zen wel goed gaan

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Classic

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New band for me.

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There were a few songs I didn't mind, but not enough to add to my library. I actually like this genre of music, but again, I didn't find any songs that I loved. It was an enjoyable album. However, I don't ever see myself going out of my way to listening to this album again.

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Thought this might be a bit of sub-Beatles 60s dreck, but it turned out to have a voice all of its own. Who knew that other bands existed in them 60s?? I enjoyed it, so much so that I had to listen to it twice to be sure I had enjoyed it. There’s plenty of unexpected twists and turns. The one that sticks out is the semi-monastic chanting towards the end of The Red Telephone. Adventurous and surprising, and well worth its place.

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This is one of those situations where I thought, 'oh hey cool I've never listened to these guys before, bring it on baby boys.' But as it turned out I strongly recognised many of the tracks and it got me smacking my lips and tapping my club foot. Just not my particular variety of sherry if we're all honest with each other.

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Remastered version us so fucking big

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Musically it was decent. Lyrics strange at times.

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Not bad I reckon

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If I wanted to be Gene Shalit, I'd tell you that I liked it, but didn't Love it. You don't exactly have to do any research to know that this album came from the Vietnam era—just listen to the lyrics or look at the cover—but I was hoping for something a little spicier out of my late 60s psychedelia. The album's perspective is probably the most interesting thing about it: weary of war and of hippies, it paints a refreshingly grounded (if a little morbid) picture, but while there's some primo usage of horns and strings throughout, it feels like it's missing a "Tomorrow Never Knows" standout where they dive headlong into the sound and see where it takes them. It felt like the Red Telephone was supposed to mark a turning point for the album, but the back half didn't fully deliver on that despite being superior to the preceding tracks. Still, even if I was left a little wanting, I enjoyed it more than most other records I've given this score, and hell, I might revisit this down the road because it feels like one that might grow on me. Key Tracks: The Red Telephone, Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale, You Set the Scene

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Good album. Few songs really missed for me still quite enjoyable

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OK, seemed a bit dated to me

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Aahhh

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Didn't love or hate it. Liked it just fine. I do feel that if I listened more I would really get into it though. Feels like there is much missed on first listening.

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Quite pleasant, reminds me of the Moody Blues. Very 'of its time' and that was over 50 years ago. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but in this case, it shows its age.

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Nice chill classic rock. Vibes of Zombies and Jefferson Airplane with a cleaner sound. Not totally struck by it after several listens, though.

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This was an enjoyable listen and I recognized several songs as covered by others

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Me gustó. No tengo mucho para comentar sobre él. La onda hippie que tiene me vuelve loco. Leer un poco sobre la historia de la banda ayudó a disfrutar aún más.

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Från ett ytligt perspektiv kändes albumet mestadels musikaliskt korrekt. Det var stimulerande att höra men inte mer än det. Jämfört med dagens musik ansåg jag att det var ganska ointressant men förståeligt för det år som albumet släpptes. Vid vissa tillfällen under albumet gav bandet intrycket att de ville vara experimentella. Detta kan ge intrycket att de kan grunderna så väl att de kan med säkerhet gå utanför deras komfortzon, eller så kan det låta som att de inte har någon aning om vad de gör men tvingar fram något annorlunda för att framstå vara annorlunda. I detta fall lät det som en 12 åring som fick i skoluppgift att göra en låt i garageband. Men mestadels var det njutsamt att lyssna på de.

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Boring

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This was a perfectly fine psychedelic album. Each song tended to blend together, but it had a nice sound that wasn't too abstract but was still mellow and retained its identity as psychedelic

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3.5/5 stars Really lush arrangements and evocative of a specific time in history, but I found myself tuning out at times.

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3.5/5

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Oh yeah, this album is nice and chill. I'm diggin this shit. Randy said this is one of this band's worse albums, so I definitely need to remember to check out more of their stuff, because I liked this album but didn't love it (haha get it cause the band name?).

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Always thought these guys were underrated. Opening track is a banger

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Simple but chill

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Interesting but not bad

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Alone Again Or is a classic tune, the rest of the album is just ok

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Good melodies. Shoddy songwriting.

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6/10. Bummer in the Summer? I 'ardly know 'er! But yeah, this album started off with a couple of pretty good songs, and then it started to get monotonous. Last song also good though.

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The cheesiest variety of ‘60s music, but I can’t say I don’t see the appeal. Nice horn parts. 6/10

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Bom.

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Past the 1st song mediocre

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de novo, muito parecido com albuns de rock dos anos 60, com toques de psicodelia, coros e toda esse vibe 'beatles'

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Un disco chulo. Recuerdo que los vi en directo -sin conocerlos- en uno de mis primeros festivales (2005) y la gente decía que Love eran míticos. No me han conmovido pero sí entretenido con este “Forever Changes” en el que destaca el dinamismo de “A House Is Not a Motel”, los punteos de “Live and Let Live” y las trompetas de “Maybe the People…”. Se nota la influencia de la música española a lo largo de todo el álbum. Me llama la atención lo que alucinaban con el estéreo los grupos en los 60 y los 70. A mí me molesta que separen los instrumentos por orejas.

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3.5 for sure.

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Weird hippy shit

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bara mellow

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Boring

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The album has a wonderful baroque folk vibe, augmented with some beautiful strings and guitar work. I complained about Love's attempt at this style in my review of Da Capo, but they do it so much better on Forever Changes. They've lost a lot of that scattershot sound and come across as much more musically sophisticated and focused on this album. The album starts off strong with the gorgeous "Alone Again Or," but drags a bit in the second half and then wanders a little stylistically at the very end. They could have dropped a couple of songs and had a much better album. Fave Songs: Alone Again Or, A House is Not a Motel, The Red Telephone, Andmoreagain

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Nem cheguei no final

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I respect it but not my type

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Dobar album ko pozadinska glazba za vožnju kroz sela od Gradiške do Novske koja izgledaju ko da je jučer bio rat. Za specifično to je je dost dobar. Inače meh.

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Liked some of not, not all of it.

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HIPPIES!!! It was kinda alright as an end of week wind down, not gonna be getting payed again although didn't hate it

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aight

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J'avais entendu la première pièce. Au delà d'un album folk rock de l'époque, il y a quand même des orchestrations qui amènent un côté intéressant et différent à la chose. Pas désagréable comme écoute. Pièce préférée: Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale

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I’d describe it as an interesting folk album with a rich sound. It was good and I’d say more like 3.75 out of 5.

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Never heard of them before. Enjoyed it

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Альбом не запомнился от слова совсем. Музыка приятная, эпохи Битлз, но не моё.

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At times its one of the most iconic sounds of its era. at others its diabolical poetry

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Pleasant enough.

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Better than the other one on this list!! Cover art 3/5

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Glad I read the wiki as I never really understood this album name before. To be honest, I quite liked it. Didn't really lean too heavy in the psych and stayed on the right side of folksy for my tastes. I only really knew the first track before because I was in a band where our singer wrote a song that totally ripped off the chorus.

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Another 60s album that’s sounds like all the others! I didn’t know one of my favorite Mariachi El Bronx songs is a cover (of the opening track). Nothing to hate here, but nothing that makes me understand why this album rather than PLENTY of other acts putting out interesting music. (This is basically the 60s version of the Ash album earlier… why?)

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Not bad

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You could listen to this without knowing and say “aha 1967”.

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Eh more boring typical late 60s shit. 2/5.

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I am not a hippie. I've never used any sort of recreational drug, nor do I intend to in the future. As a result, if a piece of music was made with the intention of listening to it while high, there's a pretty good chance that I just won't "get" it. This album had a few decent parts and was pleasant enough overall, but most of the melodies sounded strange and just didn't click. I'm reminded fairly strongly of Animal Collective, whose music I feel similarly about. Best song: The Daily Planet, which was one of the ones that did click.

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A bit too much hippie for me, but not bad music per se.

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Meh

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has a certain psychedelic folk charm to it. flows really nicely. quite dark

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Didn't do too much for me... Kind of reminded me of the Lovin Spoonful. Very bland, easy listening stuff. I did like some of the orchestral stuff they added, and thought it added to the experience that was otherwise pretty boring. I looked up the album on Wikipedia and there are those who consider it one of the best records ever, not sure why.

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Too hippy dippy for me

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Gave it a chance, not interested. Next,

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This album starts out sounding exactly like 1967. I’d probably be super into it if it had less of a horn section...

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Neither here nor there on this one to give it a lot of coverage. Fresh, novel sounds that influenced later bands

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Starts strong but then the bottom really falls out in the second half as it gets more into the psych rock parts to the point I paused the album in order to find the next one to listen to. 2.5 but rounding down

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typical late 60's rock ballads... meh

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I couldn't find whatever it was that got this LP to the top 1001. It would be harsh to describe it as bad, but it was definitely boring.

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boring

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Just so boring dude oh my god

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Not a fan. I'm not sure if i'm missing some historical significance or what.

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This is an album that I would only listen to the first time. The rhythms and instruments are interesting once, for it doesn't have that intrinsic enjoyability that keeps me coming back to it. The singing is sub par, and I really dislike how some instruments are thrown in the left ear and the rest of the instruments are put in the right ear. Favorite track: A House is Not a Motel

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60’s California free love shite. Can’t warm to it. Nothing is standing out as original or unique within the genre so on that basis, I can’t give this anything more than a 2. Some stuff just doesn’t age well and this is it.

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"The news today will be the movies for tomorrow" only half standout, very inoffensive and quite forgettable for me live and let live has a bit of pep in it but not much "and it is oh so Repetitious" sums it up for me but the music is pretty good but never gonna listen to it again so a 2 - not for me but doesn't hurt my ears

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The opening track did not hook me, I was reminded of "YMCA" by "The Village People", and not in a good way. The second grabbed me instantly. The darker lyricism expressed in "A House is not a Motel" paints a dim view of '67. The album somewhat regresses from there, the tracks undulate between grating or uninteresting, and complex earworms. Overall, an interesting album, but I'm not interested in listening to any song other than "A House is not a Motel".

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A real letdown after a promising opening track. Occasionally enjoyable but on the whole really poor

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AVR. 5.9 TOP 3: 1. Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale (+6.6) 2. A House is Not a Motel (+6.4) 3. Alone Again Or (+6.4) TRACKLIST 1. Alone Again Or (+6.4) 2. A House is Not a Motel (+6.4) 3. Andmoreagain (+6.4) 4. The Daily Planet (+5.9) 5. Old Man (+5.6) 6. The Red Telephone (+5.9) 7.Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale (+6.6) 8. Live and Let Live (+5.5) 9. The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This (+5.8) 10. Bummer in the Summer (+5.4) 11. You Set the Scene (+5.9)

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another footnote in the folksy psychedelic rock scene. surprised this is so well-received

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meh, not that special

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I've had a long string now of 60s psychedelic/pop/folk so my patience is wearing thin. Still the opener surprised me, pleasant orchestration, nice minor key, spanish guitar. But by halfway through I'm bored shitless.

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It was ok but grated on me a bit

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Never heard of this band or album before. Did not know a single song by this group. The songs are mellow and the overall tone is chill. It just didn't grab my attention though. Meh overall. I don't feel like this is a gap in my musical knowledge that needed to be filled.

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I already knew and quite liked Alone again or. Not sure why the full album is so highly recommended, pretty ordinary - nothing bad, just nothing special or memorable.

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Very 60s psychedelic....nothing amazing but easy listening. A little twee at times which I don't like so much, but cool. Probably won't go back to this one which makes it a 2/5.

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Instantly forgettable

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not my style

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It’s ok. Hard to understand why it’s on a list like this.

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Reminded me of the first album spinal tap released in the parody film this is spinal tap. BAD AND NOT GOOD.

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Fine, not really my style.

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Not sure, bit soft and twangy for my taste

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Listen taking drugs (good Claudio)

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It was okay. A bit too mid 60s folk for my taste. Had a few catchy songs though

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A completely unremarkable album. I was not familiar with the band or any of the songs. It is best described as folk music. It have no desire to listen to this album again.

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A cynical folk album that definitely sounds like the 60's. It's alright.

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Iskreno, nema loše pjesme na ovom albumu, al nema ni sad neke da idem ikad opet poslušat.

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This is an album that starts pretty good and progressively decreases with each song. I enjoyed the first track and then maybe the next two. And that was it. Album couldn’t stay consistent and felt like it became too much of a hippie rock album. 4.3/10

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Not for me

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2,5; I like the vibe and music isn't bad but that's all

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hippies were a mistake

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I did not really like this album. Some of the guitar work was good, but the vocals and lack of substantive lyrical content was tough for me

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I have a thing for late sixties albums. I don't enjoy all of them, but I'm fully prepared to listen fully. This wasn't an awful album, but one song blended into the next. By the time it was through, I realized how unremarkable it was. The vocals are decent, lyrics good but I won't remember any of it in a couple of hours.

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2.0

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Hmmmm. There's a free-flowing nature to these tracks that I am not digging, baby. Nothing here that I could sink my teeth into. As soon as it felt like I had a tune, it would slip out of my grasp and go spinning off in some other direction. I just couldn't do it.

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Did not like this album one bit, same old guitar intro and the singing was not very good.

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This is the absolute worst album ever made

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Didn't like

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Just not varied at all - some uptempo compositions but most are slow acoustic ballads that all blend together

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More folk rock and less psychedelic. Not so much. A little weak for rock for me. Some Zepplin crossover but not quite enough - gets to renaissance-ish

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[inserts something about hippy free love harmonised bullshit and how I’m right about the 60s being awful]

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Trite 60's hippy garbage. The album art says it all. Drawn by someone's cousin.

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Lead track - Alone Again Or - was quite good but the rest bored me to tears

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ooh i hate this music.

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Nah, the whole 60s psychedelic rock thing just doesn't do it for me, and most of these groups remind me of Spinal Tap's '(Listen to the) Flower People,' as this album does. I get the irony of an aging wanna-be hippie like me not liking 60s psychedelic rock at all, but I really don't. On we go.

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Couldn't get into this one.

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I want to be a hippy… Well, actually, I don’t if it means listening to that

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Nope.

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this was a real stinker. lyrics were either nonsensical or inane, music was forgettable. just not very good.

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Did the folksy side of this band kick off the psychedelic era of rock music? Yes. But if I wanted to listen to a Moody Blues album, I'd just go listen to a Moody Blues album.

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