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Love: Forever Changes In Concert [DVD]
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Recorded in 2003 at the Royal Festival Hall, this live concert by Arthur Lee's band is a performance of their seminal 1967 album. Tracks include 'Alone Again Or', 'The Red Telephone' and 'Bummer in the Summer'.
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This DVD only reinforces that conviction. The band are so tight throughout. The individual members are not just 'adequate' to perform these timeless masterpieces, each and every member has to be called a master of their chosen craft. They add richness to the whole album with their timing, professionalism and above all enjoyment of the numbers they perform.
From the first gasp and round of applause when the Horns hit 'that note' in 'AloneAgainOr' to the final chords of the classic 'You set the scene' one and all are transported by a group of performers so in tune with each other that one experiences emotions rarely felt. As the NME sleeve quote says, 'It is almost impossible not to be blown away. Even the ushers get the shivers'.
Technically, this is a superbly laid out concert. The balance is spot on. The lighting co-ordinates and complements each track, but above all this stands Arthur Lee, 'Mr Cool', with a voice that demands respect for its sheer power and subtlety to say nothing of its quality.
The picture could have been better,and it's annoying that you have to play the bonus tracks one by one. But the really odd thing is that there are 2 versions of this dvd with different bonus tracks. Some say that the difference is between US and UK versions but I'm not so sure. One version (the better one in my opinion) has bonus tracks 7 & 7 is,My little red book, Signed DC(stunning harp solo), Stephanie knows who, and August(much better than the original from Four Sail). The other version has 7 & 7 is, Orange Skies, Listen to my song, She comes in colours, and Always see your face.Read more ›
Live, however, the (substantially different) group that made it to the UK a few years later (early 70's) was either brilliant (Roundhouse) or diabolical (Watford) so it was with trepidation that I bought the DVD of this concert a couple of years back despite the rave reviews. Reformed groups with one, or two, original members tend to be far less than the sum of their original parts. There was no need to worry about the concert on DVD, though.
This CD recording flows better than on the DVD which has annoying fades between the tracks. But, still, the second CD here does not even contain all the additional material that was on the DVD (Stephanie Knows Who & Singing Cowboy) although it does contain 4 tracks (Orange Skies, She Comes In Colors, Listen To My Song, Your Mind And We Belong Together) that are not on the DVD.
Clearly, it is time that the full concert was prepared for a proper DVD/CD release that includes all the available material and in a more chronological sequence.
Love with Arthur Lee toured the UK the year after this concert and proved just how good they had become. First in Aylesbury (Feb '04) and then a few months later in St. Albans (July) they were simply inspirational. That Arthur Lee should become ill and die just as things seemed to coming good for him was cruel. This was a group whose sum was at least equal to the original and, probably, even greater.
It has been said elsewhere that this concert is even better than the original studio recording and that is not way off beam.Read more ›
All the cliches apply - this IS a timeless classic, it IS good time music, it IS gloriously melodic but also complex and haunting. And the group just perform so well together, as captured here from their Royal Festival Hall concert, and as we experienced in Brighton.
If you already know Forever Changes, you cannot possibly be disappointed in this DVD - except perhaps if it makes you wish you'd seen the concert live (more chances next year).
If you hadn't discovered Love and particularly Forever Changes before - you are going to be so happy now you have!!
Cannot say any more without appearing to be on the payroll (I'm not) ......... but buy this DVD!
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Very good live album.but I have original album so not much point really.but it will stay in my collectionPublished 3 months ago by Michael I.
Excellent....still sounds good after all the years that have passedPublished 8 months ago by Steve Grant
Not to be missed, true performance of the original recording plus extra tracks in the encorePublished 13 months ago by John Wallace
Can't believe this album escaped me for so long but the combination of DVD and CD is brilliant the sound quality from the London concert is superb. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr. K. J. Mack