Arthur Lee - Guitar, Arranger, Vocals, Producer
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patrick (August 4, 2014)
This album came out when I was 3 and I just discovered it in 2012. This rates up there with Moody Blues Days of Future Passed and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Led Zeppelin Stairway album.
I used it for an independent film I made recently:
Ra (February 21, 2014)
One of the best albums ever my favorite for 30 years, the essence of the sixties.
alejandro manzano (November 18, 2010)
One of the best albums of the sixties, together with the Beatles albums, the hangman's beautiful daughter from the Incredible String Band, Lizard from King Crimson, Odessey and oracle from The Zombies and some others. Original and beauty.
Ale Manzano (from Mendoza - Argentina)
Verner (August 5, 2009)
This is great music. Arthur Lee deserves more recognition for his musical genius
Daiv Whaley (January 26, 2009)
I too had never heard of this album or band before I picked up the disc last summer when it was re-released. And I know some honest-to-God hippies and they had never mentioned the album to me either. In a nutshell, this is just a fantastic, wise and beautiful album.....it feels to me very much like what the Sixties had to feel like for folks in the prime of their young lives. "Alone Again or" and "A House is not a Motel" are amazing songs, and the bi-racial and egocentric nature of the band makes them quite a curious missing link of sorts in Rock. My only "complaint" would be that I wished it rocked just a bit more in some spaces. Bravo and RIP Arthur Lee.
Marcelo (December 15, 2007)
God Saved Arthur!!!! This a number one.
Bernard Ashbahian (September 21, 2007)
This has to be one my favorite albums of the sixties. Lyrically & musically there is not one note out of place. Even the orchestration on each song compliments rather than overpowers the music perfectly. All the tracks are excellant but if I had to pick my favorites they would be "ALONE AGAIN OR","YOU SET THE SCENE", "DAILY PLANET" & "RED TELEPHONE".
TS (October 6, 2006)
I have been listening to music since the 1960\'s, and this is, and has been since the day I bought it in 1968, my all - time favourite album.
This album has simply everything - the gentle beauty of Alone Again Or and Andmoreagain, the hard - hitting social commentary of The Red Telephone and the Daily Planet, to the magnificent You Set The Scene. Whoever had the idea to orchestrate it was a genius. I had the immense pleasure of seeing Arthur and his band of exuberant young musicians perform this album at the Royal Festival Hall in 2003, and it was one of the most magical nights of my life. This album truly is a timeless classic.
tasos (October 7, 2005)
I've heard over 2.500 albums (carefully more or less) in about 25 years. There's nothing else like it. Simply, ''Forever Changes'' is the spirit of the 60's ITSELF!
KM (October 10, 2004)
To me, this is the greatest album ever made, at least in the Rock idiom. The song construction is unique, very linear, and often abandoning the verse-chorus-verse-chorus construction common to western music. The arrangements, instrumentation and performances stretch the limits of the musicians. For instance, at the end of "You Set The Scene", the trumpet arpeggio is almost impossible for the trumpeter, but he/ she almost makes it. This being behind the note and stretching the ability of the performer makes the greatest music, from Elvis to the Beatles to the Velvet Underground to the Clash to Nirvana and Tupac, all took themselves to the limit in their music. To me, this album speaks to that aesthetic more than any other.
Lyrically, there is the most amazing combination of the times of the 1960's ("the news today will be the movies of tomorrow") the topical ("they're locking us up today, they're throwing away the key. I wonder who it will be tomorrow, you or me") and the timeless (most of the album). The lyrics of "You Set The Scene" fill everything, verses and combinations of lines speak to everything that can happen to someone in a lifetime. Wholeheartedly recommended. Sit back and enjoy this one.
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