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.
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
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.
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
So grateful to have discovered Love <3
This album is very much in my current phase of listening. I've heard the first track before and really loved it. The whole lot is psych 60s rock stuff, so very enjoyable for me Saved tracks: Alone Again Or, A House Is Not a Motel, Live and Let Live, You Set the Scene
The sound of the 60s. Beautiful acoustic psych with baroque elements.
Quite simply, this is the sound of the Summer of Love coming to a close. Flower power is losing its allure and the Manson murders are just over the horizon. This is the madness and the drugs, the love and the hate all encapsulated in one time capsule that has been open to us the whole time. It is astonishing in its emotion and it's sophistication. Peak psychedelia in all of its glory and insanity. Hell, the title itself, LOVE FOREVER CHANGES, is poetic and profound given the subject matter and the moment in time.
Surprisingly unfamilar with this album, besides Alone Again Or. The first few tracks after that didn't catch me, but when it hit Red Telephone I started to pay closer attention. There's some serious immediacy and darkness here, reminds me a bit of a Summer of Love version of On The Beach. Immediately started listening to it again once it finished, and thats the first time I've done that for any album on this list. 5/5.
So I know this album pretty well, I first heard it in college and have read the 33 1/3 about it. It is a classic in my opinion and as far as vibes go, this is 1967 in my eyes. I don’t think an album better summarizes the Summer of Love better musically than this - a fine balance of psychedelia, folk, and pop with just a tinge of the darkness to come. There’s no weak spots on the album even if it perhaps never hits the highest highs of Alone Again Or. But few albums do. A classic.
Sånt jag gillade när jag var sexton och fortfarande gillar måste väl ha högt betyg?
One of the most Perfect albums ever.. Epic!
love is such a perfect name for this band
Okay, I loved this. First two tracks are so fun. "The Red Telephone" sounds like it was influential to the band Wet Leg
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.