Thursday, April 30, 2009

Love - Forever Changes

To πέρυσι τέτοιο καιρό κυκλοφόρησε από την Rhino Records μία έκδοση με bonus tracks για τα 40 χρόνια από την κυκλοφορία του Lp .

Forever Changes is the third album released by the Los Angeles-based band Love. The album was released by Elektra Records in November 1967. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Forever Changes 40th in its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Dropping keyboardist Alban Pfisterer and flautist/saxophonist Tjay Cantrelli, the remaining five-piece performed on nine of the album's eleven tracks. The album was the first to be produced by Arthur Lee, with assistance from Bruce Botnick.
Originally, the album was to be produced by Botnick and Neil Young, but Young bowed out due to his commitments to Buffalo Springfield. However, according to the liner notes of the 1995 compilation Love Story, Young did stick with the album project long enough to arrange the track "The Daily Planet".
The sessions began in June 1967, with the group (except for Lee and Maclean) replaced by well-known Los Angeles session musicians Billy Strange (guitar), Don Randi (piano), Hal Blaine (drums) and, in most likelihood, Carol Kaye (bass). This studio line-up was put in place due to the regular line-up's alleged inability to function. The two tracks recorded during these sessions, "Andmoreagain" and "The Daily Planet", were later given sparing overdubs by the actual members of Love, who felt the tracks otherwise sufficed.
Botnick recalls that the use of session musicians "sparked" the band, and they "realized they had blown it, got their act together and recorded the rest of the album". After much rehearsal, the group resumed work in August and continued through September, quickly laying down the remaining nine tracks, with a total estimated cost at $2,257. Rooted in acoustics, the album's lyrics were a perfect summation of the year 1967, at times joyous, at times contemplative, at times downright devastating.
"When I did that album," commented Arthur Lee, "I thought I was going to die at that particular time, so those were my last words." This is borne out by perhaps the most famous lines from the album, on the song "The Red Telephone":
"Sitting on a hillside
Watching all the people die
I'll feel much better on the other side."
Musically, the album is very ambitious. Having extended itself on the lengthy jam "Revelation" from Da Capo, Love here composes a more focused mini-suite, the album-ending "You Set the Scene", which anticipated the extended rock operas that would dominate rock and roll in the following years.[1]
A September recording session finished the album, sweetening the final mixes with horns and strings (arranged by David Angel with each song's respective songwriter), as well as some additional piano from Randi, who played all the keyboard parts on the album as the band now had no keyboard player.
The album was released in November with cover art by Bob Pepper and sold poorly, rising only to #154 on the Billboard charts. It did however reach the Top 30 in Britain. Only well after the group's break-up would the album be recognized as a masterpiece by the rock journalism press.
Forever Changes was included in its entirety on the 2-CD retrospective Love compilation Love Story 1966-1972, released by Rhino Records in 1995. The album was re-released in an expanded single-CD version by Rhino in 2001, featuring alternate mixes, outtakes and the group's 1968 single, "Your Mind and We Belong Together"/"Laughing Stock", the last tracks featuring Johnny Echols, Ken Forssi, Michael Stuart and, in most likelihood, Bryan MacLean. As for Arthur Lee, he would reform the group in late 1968 with all-new members and carry on the Love name for a few more years.

Disc 1
"Alone Again Or" (Maclean, – 3:16)
"A House is Not a Motel" (Lee, – 3:31)
"Andmoreagain" (Lee/Maclean, – 3:18)
"The Daily Planet" (Lee, – 3:30)
"Old Man" (Maclean, – 3:02)
"The Red Telephone" (Lee, – 4:46)
"Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale" (Lee, – 3:34)
"Live and Let Live" (Lee, – 5:26)
"The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This" (Lee, – 3:08)
"Bummer in the Summer" (Lee, – 2:24)
"You Set the Scene" (Lee, – 6:56)

Disc 2
"Alone Again Or [Alternate Mix]" (Maclean, – 3:15)
"A House is Not a Motel [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 3:35)
"Andmoreagain" (Lee/Maclean, – 3:25)
"The Daily Planet [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 3:25)
"Old Man [Alternate Mix]" (Maclean, – 3:08)
"The Red Telephone [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 5:23)
"Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 3:40)
"Live and Let Live [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 5:37)
"The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 3:11)
"Bummer in the Summer [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 2:31)
"You Set the Scene [Alternate Mix]" (Lee, – 7:03)
"Wonder People (I Do Wonder)" (Lee, – 3:27)
"Hummingbirds [Demo]" (Lee, – 2:43)
"A House is Not a Motel [Backing Track]" (Lee, – 3:31)
"Andmoreagain [Electric Backing Track]" (Lee/Maclean, – 3:08)
"The Red Telephone [Tracking Session Highlights]" (Lee, – 2:07)
"Wooly Bully" (W. Thomas/L. Smith, – 1:27)
"Alone Again Or [Mono Single Remix]" (MacLean, – 2:54)
"Your Mind And We Belong Together [Tracking Session Highlights]" (Lee, – 8:16)
"Your Mind And We Belong Together" (Lee, – 4:27)
"Laughing Stock" (Lee, – 2:31)


Anonymous said...

Το rapidshare λέει
"This file is neither allocated to a Premium Account, or a Collector's Account, and can therefore only be downloaded 10 times.

This limit is reached."

Μπορείς να κάνεις κάτι γι'αυτό;


jeremy nobody, esq. said...

Yeah, I've noticed the same as the previous user. Could you perhaps reload the second disc to Sharebee with options as you typically do? Rapidshare no longer has it available, so...

Anonymous said...

My mistake--part 2b is there, I'm embarassed (the new upload, that is). Could you delete that other comment in relation to that inquiry. Much thanks.

Anonymous said...

disc 2 rapidshare link is dead, any chance of repost that via sharebee same as disc, thanks, bc

Anonymous said...

Rare as it is, visual documentation of Love in 1968 can still be found:

Elliot Knapp said...

Great this album! Just wrote about it too. Rock on!