Forever Changes – Deluxe Edition

4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed for Coffeerooms by Mike JeffersonTo quote Marty Balin, lead vocalist for the Jefferson Airplane/Starship, “’67 was heaven.” A generation of young musicians was asking questions about life and love in their music. The Beatles had launched the era of self-examination with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” their latest in a long line of masterpieces; Traffic, with wunderkind Steve Winwood, had made their debut with the eclectic “Mr. Fantasy;” Cream had revved up their image with “Disraeli Gears;” and the Lizard King’s mojo was rising with the release of The Doors’ first L.P. In San Francisco, a group of pessimists with the ironic name of “Love” was preparing to record their third and best known album, “Forever Changes,” a balance of flower power beauty and ominous dread.

Forty-one years later, listening to the acoustic/orchestral flavor of “Forever Changes” will still make you believe in magic. I recently stated in a review that some albums singled out for the deluxe 2CD treatment don’t deserve the attention. Ten hut! The deluxe edition of “Forever Changes” released by Rhino Records is a fitting tribute to an album that can still awe and inspire. It’s a reminder that the 60s wasn’t just bad acid, beads, and bongs; there were artists who’d lowered their rose colored glasses and were examining an unpopular war, racial injustice and sketchy politicians (sound familiar?).