Forever Changes is the third studio album by the American psychedelic rock band Love. Failing to achieve commercial success when it was first released by Elektra Records in November 1967, it has since been widely accepted as one of the greatest albums ever made, ranking 40th on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.
The band, formed around the twin talents of Hollywood brat Bryan MacLean and folk beat rebel Arthur Lee, were seen as moody outsiders to the LA peace ’n love community due to their insularity and edgy image. With two albums released in relatively rapid succession, by ’67 the band were holed up in Bela Lugosi’s mansion in the grip of acid-fueled egotism and early heroin addiction. Recorded in June of that year, Forever Changes is anything but a reflection of those times. This is the truer sound of late ’60s Los Angeles, which was neither a trippy paradise nor a Lizard Kingdom, but a purgatory characterized by paranoia and grievance.
Forever Changes continues to sound as visionary today as it did on its release. It is a window into the future, accurately predicting the disillusionment of the ‘70s, the me-first attitude of the ‘80s, as well as the news-as-entertainment mentality of the ‘90s and beyond. Ideally suited for all times of crisis, it is both a personal requiem and an LP for a period about to vanish.
Mastered in true mono from the original first-generation master tapes (identified by the abrupt edit at the end of “A House is not a Motel”) via our 1965 valve-powered Lyrec/Ortofon analogue cutting chain. No equalisation or compression was used during the mastering process.
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