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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000262QW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Return To ForeverChick Corea, Joe Farrell, Flora Purim, Stan Clarke, Airto Moreira12:06Album Only
Listen  2. Crystal SilenceChick Corea, Joe Farrell, Flora Purim, Stan Clarke, Airto Moreira 6:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. What Game Shall We Play TodayChick Corea, Joe Farrell, Flora Purim, Stan Clarke, Airto Moreira 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sometime Ago - La FiestaChick Corea, Joe Farrell, Flora Purim, Stan Clarke, Airto Moreira23:14Album Only

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In its 40th anniversary season, ECM re-releases six classic albums - all perennial bestsellers - in 180grams audiophile vinyl. Some have been available on lesser quality vinyl but these new high-end versions will now be the only LP recordings of these seminal recordings on the market. The first is 'Return to Forever', Chick Corea's original record with his ground-breaking fusion band and a must-have album that is essential listening for any respectable jazz lover.

Personnel: Chick Corea (electric piano), Joe Farrell (flutes, soprano saxophone), Flora Purim (vocal, percussion), Stanley Clarke (basses), Airto Moreira (drums, percussion)

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The soul of fusion lies not in a barrage of note clusters pushed through overdriven amplifiers, but in the arresting beauty of Return to Forever's lucid vision--music without boundaries. The stunningly virtuosic pianist Chick Corea had already come through an exploration of free jazz with Circle, a tutelage in the Miles Davis Academy of New Electric Music and a soul-search with "Piano Improvisations" when he arrived at perhaps his most brilliant conception yet. Corea and bassist Stanley Clarke fly through the proceedings, supporting Joe Farrell's flute and soprano sax playing that may have been the performance of his life. Flora Purim's vocals and Airto Moreira's drums and percussion contribute discretely to the music's serenity... --John Swenson

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2001
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Figsbury on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Token3000 on 5 Oct 2014
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Fascinating album. The former members of Miles Davis band were spreading their wings & like little evolutionary tributaries were recording their own differing takes on the the times. Unlike Miles, the dark magus' usually dense & dark sounds, many of his former sidemen reflected the changes in music in an entirely positive sounding way & its the way they expressed it that's so interesting. Corea doesnt sound quite ready to dive completely into the "fusion" pool as such here, the sound is a lighter groove, sometimes latin tinged with Airto brilliantly driving the intense rhythms & the album is all the more refreshing & original because of this. To further reflect this optimistic period in music the Neville Potter lyrics are naively upbeat which will put some people off, this is partly due to his interest in Scientology but if you love your jazz & remain open you will see past these & bathe in the spirit of the time & the incredible performances when this pool of inspired musicians presented us with music & sounds that at the time, none of us had ever heard before.
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