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ROMANTIC WARRIOR

Return To Forever

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.23 | 406 ratings

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wbiphoto
5 stars (I will be seeing RTF at the Denver Paramount Theater on June 3, 2008 and was compelled to review the three CDs featuring the classic lineup of Corea, Dimeola, Clark and White).

Romantic Warrior was the third and final release by the RTF lineup featuring Corea, Di Meola, Clark & White. It hit the market in 1976, the year I was a freshman in high school. To say that this record changed my life is an understatement.

I will be brief and to to the point:

Romantic Warrior is BY FAR THE BEST JAZZ and/or ROCK INSTRUMENTAL RECORD I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO. PERIOD.

Certainly nothing in the prog rock world comes close to the complexity and ingenuity of Romantic Warrior. Not even Zappa in his heyday, or ELP, or Genesis, or King Crimson or any other prog rock band has made music of this caliber. Not Vai, nor Emerson, Wakeman or Rudess have come close to the level of musicianship that was put on display on this recording for the ages.

As I look through my music collection the ONLY recordings/compositions that are in the same league as those found on Romantic Warrior are the piano concertos by Chopin, Mozart and Rachmaninoff; and Bach's Brandenburg concertos. Not even Miles' legendary Bitches Brew, or any of his Quintet recordings, are in the same league as Romantic Warrior.

There should be a special category on progarchives to rate records like Romantic Warrior, since FIVE stars is NOT ENOUGH! I am shocked by those giving this record anything less.

wbiphoto | 5/5 |

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