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|2. Jungle Waterfall|
|3. Flight Of The Newborn|
|5. Excerpt From The First Movement Of Heavy Metal|
|6. No Mystery|
|8. Celebration Suite Part I|
|9. Celebration Suite Part II|
Al Dimeola brings a completely different, more polished presence to this record, in terms of the tone of the electric guitar and its meshing with a much more funk oriented rhythm section of Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. I always thought this album was like jazz rock in the disco: there's an overt physical, sensual energy about the music rather than the much headier Seventh Galaxy.
Side one is just about all funk, with occasional leanings to heavier rock influences. For me the album hits the spot at the beginning of what was side two on the lp: the title track sees some beautiful and typical Corea, latin influenced acoustic piano and guitar interchanges with double bass; more in line with the earliest incarnation of Return to Forever on ECM (a great record).
There's no doubt this album shows the shifting emphasis in the mid seventies: even Mclaughlin was doing funk tunes on Visions of the Emerald Beyond and Inner Worlds, and George Duke's albums (Feel, Faces in Reflection etc) from that time were completely fantastic too (now no longer available).
I can leave side one alone these days, but side two still captivates me. It is much more similar to Romantic Warrior, with fluctuating moods and textures, especially on various keyboards, and has a wonderfully positive, if not ecstatic mood. Plus, it's a very summery record, full of sun and life.