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The Anthology [Original recording remastered]

Return to Forever Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B0017V7HXY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Hymn Of The 7th Galaxy (Remixed/Remastered) 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. After the Cosmic Rain (Remixed/Remastered) 8:27Album Only
Listen  3. Captain Señor Mouse (Remixed/Remastered) 9:02Album Only
Listen  4. Theme To The Mothership (Remixed/Remastered) 8:48Album Only
Listen  5. Space Circus (Remixed/Remastered) 5:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Game Maker (Remixed/Remastered) 6:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vulcan Worlds (Remixed/Remastered) 7:51Album Only
Listen  8. The Shadow Of Lo (Remixed/Remastered) 7:33Album Only
Listen  9. Beyond The Seventh Galaxy (Remixed/Remastered) 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Song To The Pharoah Kings (Remixed/Remastered)14:25Album Only

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Dayride (Remixed/Remastered) [feat. Chick Corea] 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sofistifunk (Remixed/Remastered) [feat. Chick Corea] 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. No Mystery (Remixed/Remastered) 6:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Celebration Suite (Remixed/Remastered)14:01Album Only
Listen  5. Medieval Overture (Remixed/Remastered) 5:16Album Only
Listen  6. Sorceress (Remixed/Remastered) 7:36Album Only
Listen  7. The Romantic Warior (Remixed/Remastered)10:50Album Only
Listen  8. Majestic Dance (Remixed/Remastered) 5:04Album Only
Listen  9. The Magician (Remixed/Remastered) 5:30Album Only
Listen10. Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant (Part I And II) (Album Version) [feat. Chick Corea]11:29Album Only

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BBC Review

Jazz fusion' might be an expletive to many, but if you're looking for an authentically pioneering example, this quintessentially seventies band is pretty much archetypal. Like so many bands of their era, they've just reformed and are touring in support of this remastered and remixed collection, drawn from the four albums they made between 1973 and 1976.

The first and last, Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy and Romantic Warrior (their biggest commercial and artistic success) are presented in their entirety. Disappointingly, there's nothing from their first two albums, when the band featured vocalist Flora Purim and her percussionist husband Airto Moreira, nor anything by the group's third incarnation, which made the bombastic Musicmagic in 1977 (perhaps a blessing). So this is really Return To Forever Mk. 2 - all instrumental, electric, often loud, wildly energetic, and showing plenty in common with contemporary prog. rock bands such as King Crimson, and (in their sillier moments) even Emerson Lake & Palmer. Only funkier.

So, if smooth, reflective jazz is your thing, or you thought Miles Davis went off the rails when he went electric on Bitches Brew - which Chick Corea played on two years before founding Return To Forever - this is definitely not for you. And if less-is-more for you when it comes to notes-per-solo, avoid. The key to appreciating this music is not to search for stuff that isn't there (memorable melodic narrative? Soulfulness? Pass...). With its strong emphasis on technical brilliance and lack of any real emotional engagement, this is very 'male' music, and easier to admire than enjoy. But if you're in the right mood, it can be a thrilling ride. Check the inspired virtuoso interplay between Chick Corea's keyboards and Bill Connors' guitar on Theme To The Mothership, or virtually any of the impressive noodling by his even tighter replacement Al Di Meola. Or Lenny White's frantic drumming on Song To The Pharaoh Kings. Or the playful inventiveness of The Magician !Just don't expect any quiet interludes to last long, or to be able to hum anything afterwards. And stop sniggering at those absurd titles! --Jon Lusk

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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The four electric albums by Reurn to Forever from 1973 to 1976, whilst being hugely influential and beloved of music fans, have always upset the critics. To rock for Jazz Critics, to complex for Rock Critics. Sure RTF played more notes, at higher speed & volume than anyone else,BUT it was always tuneful,always tasteful.

Now that Corea,DiMeola,Clarke & White have reunited for a world tour (after very successful solo careers) we get what could be perceived as the "cash in compilation". How mistaken you would be.

All the tracks have been remixed by Clarke & Corea and the result is a sonic revelation. The thin sound of the polydor recordings has been replaced by a power house remix. The bass heavy and congested Columbia recordings have a new cleaned up and balanced mix. All the echo & phasing has been removed. It is presented, as on stage, drums & bass centre, keyboards right, guitar left. You are just left with 4 superlative musicians playing live in the studio.

You get all of Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, Where Have I known You Before & No Mystery minus the piano tracks and the Whole of Romantic Warrior. With the new remix they sound the same powerhouse band throughout.

So bin the old Cd's, buy this set and i'll see you at the O2 in July, for their only UK gig on the world tour, to see four of the greatest musicans ever to plug in.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Feb 2009
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I saw them at the Indig02 last July and they were so good, I thought age would have dampened their talent but not a bit of it.
This CD is very well remastered from the originals. I saw them in '75 and '76 and bought all the records. Then later bought some of the CD's. But at under £6 EVERYONE should buy this. The bass response is stronger and volume is a lot higher, I've yet to compare all of the originals but as a start I find Hymn of the Seventh much less trebley and I wonder that it's also nice to keep the old CD's because they do sound different, particularly Space Circus. I didn't buy the CD of Romantic Warrior so can't judge on that (I myself found this particular album less satisfying, some of the tracks unnecessarily more of a showcase of their talents). The production on the original CBS LP was not to my liking. Of course 'Warrior was their biggest selling album but there was a feeling they'd aleady hit the summit and heading downwards, borne out by several reviews in the music press at the time. But It's still a great CD so BUY IT !!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic musicians 12 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
unlike some remixes this has been done very well. I played Romantic Warrior to death when first out on vinyl but it has been given a fresh lease of life with this release. If you liked RTF first time round do yourself a favour and get this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic collection 24 July 2011
By droflim
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This is a good value collection, drawn from the four albums they made between 1973 and 1976, perhaps marred only by the then new synthesiser sounds having become somewhat cheesy in the following 40 years; that's the price of pioneering but with musicianship of this calibre frankly who cares! I was concerned by reviews mentioning the dreaded "remastering" being too loud, and just being "compressed and distorted" as other things have so suffered, but fear not, I at least found it fine, with dynamic range intact, comparing well with my vinyl of Romantic Warrior. It's basically intelligent rock music played by jazzers so loudness is not a problem per se.
Incidentally, the 2008 Montreux DVD of the reformed band (in surround sound) is a corker, having the drive of a live band compared with the studio albums.
Postscript: having listened to this a lot over a couple of weeks, including once inadvertently a little too loud when it was quickly bludgeoning, it certainly IS compressed which is disappointing from musicians of this talent and presumed sensitivity. It certainly is mastered loudly but if played at reasonable volume does not appear to suffer loss of detail.
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