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5.0 out of 5 stars Bona Fida Masterpiece, 12 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Forever Changes (Audio CD)
Truly brilliant album that lives fully up to the hype around it, it starts of with the splendiforous slice of mariachi horned glory that is Alone Again Or and goes from strength to strength: following up with the almost-as-good This House is Not a Motel, which articulates perfectly Arthur Lee's (God Rest his Soul) sense of unease with flower power and the summer of love and proves remarkably prescient given the events at Altamont just a few years later and the paranoid nightmare that became of the 60's lovefest. Another highlight in the album is the ridiculously titled, "And Maybe the People Would be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale," which, inspite of the frankly awful name, is a brilliantly melodic song with a brilliant vocal and an unnervingly happy tone. Bummer in the Summer is the other more famous song, but really naming highlights is futile because the whole album is a highlight, richly orchestrated and beautifully performed, all of which belies the dark themes present in what is, with the benefit of hindsight, a direly prescient warning of the dangers of the whole, hippie movement. Aside from all that, though, it's just really, really good.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2014 00:36:30 BDT
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Saucy Jack says:
There was nothing wrong with the hippie movement. What is wrong with ecology, recycling, communal living, meditation, yoga, vegetarianism, pacifism etc? Read about Arthur Lee before deciding he was the voice of reality. The album is 'direly prescient' of Arthur ending up in the can.
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