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14 Classic Albums That Flopped When They Were Released

'Pet Sounds' and more iconic slow burners

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Love, 'Forever Changes' (1967)
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Love, 'Forever Changes' (1967)

This Los Angeles band's tense take on psychedelia didn't have many takers when it was first released in 1967. The friction between its gloriously ornate textures and frontman/songwriter Arthur Lee's somewhat paranoid lyrics — inspired by the seedier side of the Summer of Love as well as internal tensions within the band — made it a tough sell, despite a few relatively positive critical notices and the band's label, Elektra, taking out a Sunset Strip billboard. Later on, Forever Changes would be heralded both for its prescience and for its intricacy, with Lee bringing the album to the stage after being released from a five-and-a-half-year incarceration.

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