It's a record that weaves its magic every listen. You can play it, be mesmerized, and then immediately play it again and be equally mesmerized all over again as new facets take hold. While the album has been called "psychedelic" that's not quite accurate. Overtly, the album is anything but. The psychedelia is more implied; more in an underlying mood aided by the studio setting created by producers Lee and Bruce Botnick.
That the album doesn't scream "psychedelic" is part of the reason it has not only not dated but has grown in stature. Musically, the album almost defies categorization.
Lyrically Lee was singing to a great degree about his coming apart personally, but through that he predicts the disintegration of the hippie fantasy then in full flower during the "Summer of Love. The issues of race Lee was a black rocker before Jimi and justice lurk in the background throughout and only occasionally step forward.
When Lee sings on the first side ending "Red Telephone," "Sometimes I deal with numbers and if you want to count me, count me out" and "they're locking them up today, they're throwing away the key, I wonder who it will be tomorrow, you or me? As a sign post marker this record is singular without Lee ever being specific or didactic and that's yet another of its wonders. The imagery is both chillingly personal—and Lee delivers it so—and worldly.
Lee's most pointed political statement is in "Live and Let Live" which begins with the memorable line "Oh the snot is caked against my pants, it has turned into crystal. And when Lee sings "served my time, served it well" decades before being incarcerated, well, what was powerful then became more so later.
The searing, emotionally distraught electric guitar solo on the song is among the more powerful and dramatic of that era. Just when you begin to recover from that onslaught comes "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This" with its pizzicato punctuated strings and seemingly mellow mood that ends with a bizarre, musical uprooting that sounds like recording tape unspooling or a skipping record.
It's Lee's only truly angry moment. The album ends with a six minute epic that seamlessly links three songs two years before Abbey Road beginning with a section that simmers until the chilling, dramatic, urgently stated, idealistic anthem delivered with unabashed sincerity, wherein Lee declares "This is the time in life I'm living and I'll face each day with a smile" and "everything I've seen needs rearranging.
The anthemic musical bravado filled with trumpet flourishes and string waves Lee's freak flag declaration high as the album fades out. It produces chills and watery eyes every play. The arrangements by Lee, orchestrated by Davld Angel MacLean's two tender tunes arranged by Angel and Bryan Maclean are unlike any before or since in a rock album—though calling this a rock album really sells it short.
When it's over you can only wonder where it came from and where it went because nothing like it existed before and nothing like it came afterwards. Lee wisely chose not to try to duplicate it or produce anything remotely similar. The group as it then existed broke up and Lee looked elsewhere for musical inspiration, hitting a harder, electric guitar edge from where he began on the first Love album. This reissue mastered by Chris Bellman begins with a required fade-up, which is a good sign and then it explodes with transparency, dynamic slam and three-dimensionality that in some ways surpasses the original, particularly in the right channel's acoustic guitar and the left channel's snare drum.
The bottom end is far more fully expressed than on the original. You could argue that the original's somewhat more murky sonic environment is purposeful and that this more clarified rendering is too literal and sacrifices mood for clarity but I'm not complaining! This reissue easily betters the Sundazed reissue, which sounds even darker, murkier and distant than the original.
Bob Irwin talked about a whole series of mastering moves required to reproduce what's heard on the original album, but honestly I don't know what those are and what I should be listening for that might betray what Lee wanted. I'm too busy luxuriating in the reissue as it exists. I cannot recommend an album more highly and with more enthusiasm. How many albums can you call an adult life-long musical companion? Am I the only one who halfway expected to hear Scott Muni's voice cut in at the end of side two?
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Retrieved 12 September The Village Voice. New York. Lee, whose suppressed romanticism often surfaces even amidst the blackest shadows and most cynical moments, believed he would soon die, and hence channeled everything from lasting hopes to acid-addled decay to the chilling testimony of a Vietnam veteran in his narratives. Add to Cart. LP contains Botnick's stereo remaster of the original album!
Be the first to write a review for this item OR just rate it. Top Sellers. Multi-Format Box Sets. View other items by Love. It is a richly produced and sonically fine album which was not a huge hit commercially but became recognized as one of the finest albums from the California scene in The band released their critically acclaimed debut album in , but took a bit of an artistic detour with the follow-up Da Capo in early Prior to recording Forever Changes , Love downsized to a five piece by dropping keyboardist Alban Pfisterer and saxophonist Tjay Cantrelli.
Still, the group was undergoing some severe internal strife and the sessions began with only Lee and guitarist Bryan MacLean from the band along with several well-known Los Angeles session musicians. Instrumentally, the album is made of an acoustic core of guitar textures with an overlay of horns, strings, and orchestral swell, with some of the brass punctuating the melodies.
More than "Sgt. The title of the album came from a Album) that Lee had Andmoreagain - Love - Forever Changes (Vinyl about a friend-of-a-friend who had broken up with his girlfriend. Totally agree. Multi-Format Box Sets. The searing, emotionally distraught electric guitar solo on the song is among the more powerful and dramatic of that era. Listened by hipp-e. One of those albums I bought because I thought I should hear it. Better Than A Thousand :. Very nice set at a very nice price.
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