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ROMANTIC WARRIOR

Return To Forever

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.24 | 406 ratings

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Draith
5 stars An absolute masterpiece.

This album was lent to me by a dear friend of mine, and just about every other musician in my high school that listens to it eventually falls in love with it.

This is fusion's pinnacle of "progressive" music, especially considering it's a instrumental conceptual album with the music itself artistically telling it's own story. I suppose it could be argued that the album isn't the best album in either fusion or progressive rock genres, but the two are almost perfectly combined in this true piece of art. Chick Corea certainly outdid himself with this album, driving more into rock than ever before while still maintaining the prominent element of jazz music abroad: improvisation. Almost everything he produces is, well, weird in the world of music, even jazz-fusion. But this album is as close to perfect as complex musical compositions go. Now I will admit it took me quite a bit of listening to fully appreciate this, but listening to the album even now and it's obscure genius, I'm not at all surprised. Everything in this piece takes fusion to the next level of progressive quality, the chord changes, structures, diverse arrangements for each instrument, sound effects, etc. What's more, the band Return To Forever is a four member fusion all-star lineup, each musician one of the best fusion players of their instruments who ever lived. I highly recommend this album for both progressive listeners looking for a fusion album or fusion listeners looking for a progressive album. This band is simply amazing, each of their albums is great in it's own way, and I feel that this album is the most amazing of all.

Draith | 5/5 |

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