Offered for sale is a still sealed original stereo pressing of the 1967 LP Forever Changes by Love.
While Love’s first two albums saw moderate sales success with their hard-edged psychedelia, their third album toned down the rock and added both folk and Latin influences. Unfortunately, despite critical acclaim, Forever Changes got lost amid the incredible list of classic albums that came out in 1967 – Sgt. Pepper, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Surrealistic Pillow, The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Who Sell Out, and Are You Experienced? among them.
That’s a pity, as Forever Changes is now regarded as one of the best albums ever made. The album only reached #154 on the Billboard album chart, but Rolling Stone recently named it #40 in their list of the top 500 albums of all time.
Love’s Forever Changes made only a minor dent on the charts when it was first released in 1967, but years later it became recognized as one of the finest and most haunting albums to come out of the Summer of Love, which doubtless has as much to do with the disc’s themes and tone as the music, beautiful as it is. …The punky edge of Love’s early work gave way to a more gentle, contemplative, and organic sound on Forever Changes, but while Arthur Lee and Bryan MacLean wrote some of their most enduring songs for the album, the lovely melodies and inspired arrangements can’t disguise an air of malaise that permeates the sessions. … Forever Changes is inarguably Love’s masterpiece and an album of enduring beauty, but it’s also one of the few major works of its era that saw the dark clouds looming on the cultural horizon, and the result was music that was as prescient as it was compelling.
You can listen to “Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale” here:
About this copy: This copy of Forever Changes is an original, still sealed 1967 stereo first pressing of the LP. There is a “stereo” sticker affixed to the front cover above the band’s name, and only the first pressings had these stickers.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed. The disc inside should have the gold Elektra label that was in use from 1966-1969. (see photos for example)
The shrink wrap on this copy is 100% complete and tight, with no rips or tears. There are no cut corners, saw marks, punch holes, or any other cutout marks. We don’t know where this one has been sitting all these years, but it looks just like it would have looked sitting on a store shelf in the summer of 1967.
There is some glue residue on the shrinkwrap (not on the cover itself) near the upper left hand corner of the front cover where a price sticker was removed.
This is as close to a perfect copy of this album as you’re ever likely to find and would almost certainly represent your final upgrade.
A gorgeous copy of an iconic album that belongs in everyone’s collection.
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