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Return To Forever


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.17 | 330 ratings

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5 stars This one roars from beginning to end.

This Great Lp spent quite a bit of time spinning on my old RCA Victor back in the seventies. With albums like this I was safe from both punk and disco within my little fusion bubble. It's no surprise that Seventh Galaxy was one of my favorites during the birth of jazz- fusion. It's Chic Corea for cryin' out loud. Like Tony Williams and Herbie Hancock, and so many other fusion heroes, Chic is ex-Miles Davis alumni. He did this amazing piece of vinyl on the heels of Bitches Brew (the foundational cornerstone of all fusion I think, but a tough listen even for very seasoned ears).

This is the electric version of RTF but before the emergence of Al Di Meola. Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy features Bill Connors on guitar instead. I like Connors playing more to tell you the truth, and I think that this is a much more in-your-face version of this band. They only did this one record together though, and Connors more or less disappeared after his departure from RTF. You can hear him doing the lead guitar duties on Stanley Clarke's self- titled first solo record though and as an album it is every bit as good as this one too.

Lenny White is absolutely mathematic in his power drumming on Seventh Galaxy, and he propels Stanley Clarke's bass with precision.

vingaton | 5/5 |


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