Beautiful, Beautiful Album and Now Released in mlps!
Frederick Baptist | Singapore | 05/20/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Album content 5 stars, this version of the album 2 stars
Years ago when I picked up a book that ranked the best albums of all time, I had a great shock when I found this album at #1. Could it possibly be better than the #2 "Pet Sounds" or even the #3 "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"? Fueled by a combination of curiosity and utter disbelief, I decided to get the cd and lo and behold, I was blown away.
The music was unlike anything I had ever heard before and it was obvious from the start that this was a very original work of art and that Arthur Lee was a brilliant genius at work. It became clear to me as well that "Forever Changes" is very deserving of its lofty ranking. A simply beautiful album and probably as close as pop music has ever come to being high works of art.
Now this version has been released without any bonus tracks in a mini lp replica sleeve design which pretty accurately recreates the original lp design. Unfortunately, it hasn't been very well remastered and does not sound quite as good as the prior Rhino version. We also know that for years now, the Japanese have been the masters at mlps cds and they still have the edge over Rhino at least for now. The Japanese have the good sense to include a plastic sleeve for the cd to prevent dust and more importantly scratches from damaging the shiny side of the cd. When I received my cd from Amazon, there was already a couple of lines on my cd because there was no plastic sleeve protecting my disc from the paper sleeve which has two folds that what with movement during shipping and everything meant that I received a scratched cd. Otherwise, the outer cardboard sleeve is well done and is good quality unlike some of the other mlps versions I've seen out there that have flimsy or poor quality, thin cardboard covers. I don't actually mind the fact that the 7 bonus tracks on the prior Rhino release are missing as I guess most of the time, bonus tracks do not add to the enjoyment of the original album tracks and many a time actually spoils the listening enjoyment when they are countless outtakes or alternate takes of album tracks or worse interviews and obvious filler material.
Otherwise, if you don't mind the diminished sound quality as compared to the prior Rhino release and the propensity for the lack of proper plastic protection for the cd to result in scratches on the data/music side of your cd, then for lovers of the mlps format, this may be a worthwhile addition to your other Love albums. Overall, I like the whole Rhino Replica idea but I hope they'll take my comments seriously and seek to better protect the discs from damage and also seek to remaster and hence improve the sound quality of future releases. The following are just some of the albums I'd love to see as Rhino Replicas:
"Partners In Crime" - Rupert Holmes "No Goodbyes" - Daryl Hall & John Oates "Abandoned Luncheonette" - Daryl Hall & John Oates "Not Fragile" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive "Van Halen I & II" - Van Halen "L.A. Woman" - The Doors "Greatest Hits" - The Little River Band (original album and NOT what's currently out there which totally screwed up the track order) "No Parlez" - Paul Young
(all remastered with plastic cd protecting sleeve in addition to the paper sleeve and please no bonus tracks)"
Mini Lp Sleeve packaging at last!!
ekstrom-ahlby douglas | stockholm, sweden | 03/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music we know...but now Rhino has issued this timeless beauty in a mini Lp sleeve replica just as it was meant to from the beginning!Thanks!!"
Changes forever, yeh. . . Arthur Lee's LA masterpiece
Mark LoPresti | 04/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One must be in the right frame of mind for LOVE's unique album Forever Changes. It's all breezy guitars, lush orchestrations, Tijuana brass, no real hard rock, and haunting tunes woven together into an eerie semi-arid urban tapestry that demands and requires your attention. I had special-ordered this legendary record decades ago on vinyl (it never went out of print). Listening to this LP at 18 or so, about 10 years after its release, I was not yet sophisticated enough to appreciate the musical depth. I was listening to the New Wave, and an old hand at 60s and 70s Rock, and at the time was bored by it. Now I realize Forever Changes is simply a beautifully realized personal statement (Arthur Lee's) including his comments upon being a black man in a largely "white" subculture - L.A.'s acid-rock, country-western, and psychedelic bands, particularly those bands playing at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go - plus his own passion for that city (he later said he felt the songs were about his expected impending death - he passed away decades later in 2006). A real summer night driving record, LOVE Forever Changes is a sultry delight, a relic and microcosm, a time capsule and breaking chrysalis . . . this is a great, tuneful record of happenstance, almost outsider-art for its lack of significant commercial success, and may possibly be one of your undiscovered loves. Thank goodness for Elektra who not only discovered Detroit bands THE MC5, and THE STOOGES, but particularly Whiskey-A-Go-Go bands like THE DOORS and LOVE. Thank goodness for RHINO re-issuing Forever Changes with the bonus tracks (including "Hummingbird" and LOVE's last single "Your Mind And We Belong Together" b/w "Laughing Stock.") "
Mark LoPresti | Buffalo | 05/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off, my Five Stars are for the music only. The highly touted reproduction of the album art here is practically actual size on my computer as shown on Amazon. That said, if it's a fresh, beautiful reproduction of the William S. Harvey album art you want, don't buy this one because you won't be able to even read his name it's so tiny. For the art, I recommend the gorgeous Sundazed VINYL re-release. It actually IS LP sized because it's actually an LP! I love vinyl and it's great to have if you only have a CD version right now. In my opinion, "Forever Changes" is the single greatest rock album ever recorded. So far I've bought this album SIX times since I discovered it in 1983. First as a vinyl reissue, then another copy soon after because I was wearing out the first one. A third time once I found a collectable mint condition 1967 original issue with the Elektra and Love logos. Then a fourth time when finally released on CD. A fifth time when released in its entirety as part of the "Love Story" 2 disc compilation and a SIXTH time when the single CD was re-released in 2001 with bonus tracks. All money gladly spent mind you, but here's where I draw the line! There's NO REASON to buy this for the sake of the "faithful, loving reproduction" of the original album art. IT'S CD SIZED, PEOPLE! Might as well be a postage stamp. I can only read the song titles and credits on the back because I know them by heart! A magnifying glass should come as standard issue. So buy the Sundazed vinyl version for the art, but for the music pick up the WEA 2001 release with the bonus tracks which actually contains song titles & album credits that are easier to read than this "new" version they put out mostly for the sake of the "packaging". The 2001 version contains the normal jewel case setup with identical cover art that is itself slid into a sleeve that ALSO has the art front and back. It even has the old style Elektra and Love logos printed on the disc. This latest 2007 version is a waste of money even for a fanatics fanatic such as myself! If you do buy it, make sure to peel off all those stickers teling you what a wonderful, loving reproduction they've produced with the art! It's funny to think now that I bought that second copy because I was afraid that it may go out of print forever."