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Light As A Feather Box set, Original recording remastered

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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00000AFES
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You're Everything - Chick Corea, Return To Forever
  2. Light As A Feather - Chick Corea, Return To Forever
  3. Captain Marvel - Chick Corea, Return To Forever
  4. 500 Miles High - Chick Corea, Return To Forever
  5. Children's Song - Chick Corea, Return To Forever
  6. Spain - Chick Corea, Return To Forever

Disc: 2

  1. Matrix - Chick Corea
  2. Light As A Feather - Chick Corea, Return To Forever
  3. 500 Miles High - Chick Corea
  4. Children's Song - Chick Corea
  5. Spain - Chick Corea
  6. Spain - Chick Corea
  7. What Games Shall We Play Today? - Chick Corea
  8. What Game Shall We Play Today? - Chick Corea
  9. What Game Shall We Play Today? - Chick Corea
  10. What Game Shall We Play Today? - Chick Corea

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COREA CHICK AND RETURN TO FORE

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Featuring the same band as on the first Return to Forever album--vocalist Flora Purim, saxophonist-flutist Joe Farrell, bassist Stanley Clarke, and drummer Airto--1973's Light As a Feather was the result of a conscious effort on Chick Corea's part to communicate with a broader audience. Although Corea's electric piano and Purim's spacey-samba vocals might sound dated, the album includes a couple of Corea's most beloved compositions, "500 Miles High" and "Spain". Subsequent Return to Forever albums turned to conceptual bombast and silly fantasies. Here Corea strikes an appealing balance between art and accessibility. --Rick Mitchell

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By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Chick Corea confines himself to Fender Rhodes piano here, no banks of synthesizers, and this is a huge advantage for the Fusion shy listener. In fact this album is an excercise in brazilian influenced beauty, nothing like the bombastic sound of later RTF records. Not to say that this isn't burning- Corea along with Herbie Hancock is THE man on electric piano, and Stanley Clarke and Airto Moreira are a ferocious Rythm section,but its just all so lush, uplifting, gentle etc. Joe Farrell is a great tenor player, but his flute is just awesome- if your idea of flute playing is Herbie Mann, then Joe blows him into a million pieces puts them in an envelope and mails them to a high school marching band, which is as far as Mann should ever have gone.Did i forget Flora? With her charmingly delicate, English with a Portugese accented vocals,she must inevitably be compared with that other Brazilian singer who made it into jazz, but by the time of this recording things had moved along way from "girl from Ipanema", and this is no light Bossa session. Also check out the "new way of thinking" hippie lyrics, I suppose wtitten by Neville Potter, whover he is; I like them, and i like the way we get away from smoky nightclub "Distingue Lovers" type jazz lyrics.
This is "jazz" of the highest order, still closely related to the accoustic post bop world but with some exciting differences. Clarke is playing upright bass, and still walking or playing latin shapes, but the bass is so loud and fat, as though you were sitting right next to him in a little club. Similarly Corea improvises mainly within the traditions, but on electric piano it again makes it all louder and more intense- in fact this must be one of the best records for hearing a Rhodes being put through its paces. Watch for the little bit of wah wah.
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The original line-up of Chic Corea's Return To Forever, with Corea, Stanley Clarke, Joe Farrell, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira flourished for an all too brief few months nearly 40 years ago. The name lasted longer with different line-ups but these 5 musicians produced a variant of fusion that was fresh, lyrical and often surprising. This second helping in the recording studio finds them at their best, A number of the tunes had already been worked out during the time that Corea spent with Stan Getz and the confidence shows. Purim's vocals, always tinged with a Brazilian accent soar above a rhythm section that is always solid, never boring. Corea's playing on the Fender Rhodes is as beautiful as anything ever played on the instrument, Clarke plays both double bass and electric bass, while Farrell moves between flute and soprano and tenor saxophones. The programme is varied, highlights being Purim's soaring vocal on "500 Miles High" and the ecstatic ensemble playing on "Spain". Fusion is often formulaic and complacent. This is vital, challenging music. A generous bonus disc of alternative takes shows the evolution of many of the tracks. This is indispensible in any collection of post bop jazz.
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Totally agree with the other reviewer, this is IMO the best RTF in terms of melody and drive, largely because they kept it simple and melodic at this stage; having completed the original RTF album the same line-up produced a more mature and assured body of work with this album; the title track is a delight by itself. The first 2 albums have. by contrast with the frenetic later work, not aged much at all and are well worth the investment.
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Who let Flora Purim in ? (Ok, I know, it was Airto).

What a shame. A superb musical concept and instrumental rendition almost totally ruined by Flora Purim's bad performance. Most of the time she's out of tune, singing in an unsteady way with a thin, weak voice. In case of that was not enough, she insists on ending many verses making really awkward ornaments not better than the most amateurish/beginner singer you can imagine. It's like listening to someone who sings while walking a tightrope, constantly fearing to lose equilibrium. She sounds particularly atrocious on the last verses of "Light as a Feather" and the whole "Captain Marvel" and "500 Miles High". And yes, I'm used to the peculiar style of many female brazilian singers, who masterfully play on/with the very limit of "the right pitch" (v.g. Elis Regina), but this I'm listening to is just sheer sloppiness. I must confess I feel a bit bewildered, as her previous work with Corea, 1972's "Return to forever", had been a flawless one. However, despite of all of its unquestionable musical quality, this album has turned out almost unbearable to me just because of Purim's performance.
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