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Return to Forever [CASSETTE] [Import]

Chick Corea, Return to Forever Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000EROV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

1. Return to Forever
2. Crystal Silence
3. What Game Shall We Play Today?
4. Sometime Ago/La Fiesta

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! 25 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I love this album, I just thought that I should get that out of the way first. It should be listened to along side Light As A Feather which is the other great album by this incarnation of Return to Forever. The key ingredients for this version of the band are Airto Morera Flora Purim, and Joe Farrell that is to say that they give the music the particular accent that differentiates it from the music of the later incarnations of the band. Stanley Carke;s bass playing is fantastic as ever but he remained in the band once guitar took over from the Sax & Flute of Joe Farrell and the Airto/Flora combination was no longer there. This and Light As A Feather represent one Return to Forever, the other Bill Connors/Al Demeola et al band is like an completely different band and the 1977 larger version of the band looks like it should have worked but certainly never did on record.

This is music that unfolds slowly but builds to stunningly beautiful peaks. This music can be frustrating for the uninitiated but once you get it you really get it. This album contains the number Crystal Silence which Corea has returned to on several recordings. This album comes to a brilliant close with the joyful La Fiesta which, again, Corea revisted, most notabley with Gary Burton.

It is also worth noting that this musical direction own a huge debt to Miles Davis., the time that Chick Corea spent in the Miles Davis band opened up a whole range of possibilities to him that came to their first fruition here.

You don't need to go as banal as Rage Against the Machine to find a real antidote to processed pop music,; this is music that purifies the soul.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 5 July 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This album has hardly left my CD player since I bought it - that was almost a month ago! This is a totally brilliant album that seems to have been quite overlooked. Corea's piano playing is sublime - he's got a very melodic style (rather like Keith Jarrett) and excellent improvisation skills. He reads the music and the other band members very well and the overall effect is of seamless playing by the the whole band. Having said that, Stan Clarke's bass is also excellent and the rest of the band really fits together.
I suppose this is classed as Jazz-rock but it's a million miles from say Bitch's Brew - far more structured and chilled out. Just buy it and make your own opinion up. Anyone with more than a passing interest in music of that style will appreciate it. I think it's great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and the best 6 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
Bought this on vinyl in about 1973 and loved it, probably my first ever "jazz" purchase.
Went to see Return to Forever in 74 - I'd missed the line-up change and the "Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy" release, so that night was a bit of a shock to say the least.

I grew to love the later band and the recent release of "The Mothership Returns" is a wonderful live album, but after a while I always find the need to go back to the lighter and more melodic approach of this album and "Light as a Feather".

It's a close call as both are brilliant, but for me this has the edge on "Light as a Feather", slightly looser and more experimental and with that unique sound of Chick's electric piano and latin rythms make it an absolute winner.
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