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.