on 21 October 2004
After establishing Return To Forever as a jazz-rock band from it's latin roots in the divide between 'Light As A Feather' and 'Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy', the simultaneous discovery of Al DiMeola and the implementation of synthesizers into Chick Corea's keyboard arsenal suddenly originated the sound of the band that would later produce 'Romantic Warrior'. All the hallmarks are there; Stanley Clarke's expanded role and hi-fi sound incorporating his slap technique and trademark solos, Al DiMeola's ultra fast chops and solid comping, Lenny White's thumping drums and extra percussive gloss and of course, Corea's combination of electric piano, clavinet and synthesizers to create a wall of sound. The sound is generally funkier and less refined than that of 'Romantic Warrior', with the unusual inclusion of acoustic piano interludes from Corea, perhaps a sign of Corea's elevated status, though the group soon became more than just Chick Corea's band, and all the members contribute to the composition, with Clarke's opener 'Vulcan Worlds', being particularly successful.
on 16 February 2009
Having bought this CD (and the original LP 35 years ago) I stumbled on the bargain of the Anthology, which Amazon is 'giving away' at under £6, for a 2CD package. Thinking the sound is overall improved I would caution any owners of WHIKYB to keep the original CD as the sound admittedly is inferior and thinner but more as the LP sounded. But of course the main reason is the beautiful bridging piano tracks (plus Earth Juice)which have not been included (because of space) on The Anthology. Having known this fantastic and in my opinion best RTF album since 1974 it is strange when listening to the Anthology without these short piano links. So do buy the Anthology but if you are a completist or already own WHIKYB then do own both.