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Return To Forever


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.13 | 244 ratings

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5 stars I had this record from a pile of vinyl that a friend of a good friend of mine, gave to me. I didn't know nothing about Chick Corea so, i put de vinyl aside and forgot about it. Many years pass and one day, another good friend of mine called me from his cell phone to tell me that he brough the most amazing album he eard in his life ! The CD was "Romantic Warrior" by Return to Forever. It became a instant classic of mine. Than one day, my friend brough "Where Have I Known You Before". As soon as i saw the cover, i remebred that i had it on vinyl, so i took the dust out of it and put it on... Wow !!! This album was as good, if not better, than "Romantic Warrior" !!!

The album starts with a simple Rhodes melody with a funky bass and a funky hi-hat + bass drum rhythm. Than out of nowhere you ear a sound of moog fallowed by a certain 18 years old Al DiMeola who start to play on guitar. You can not beat a intro like that, it goes right to the point, that is we are here to blow your mind aparts and there is nothing you can do about it, why?... When you have Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Lenny White on drum and on his debut album, Al DiMeola on guitar, your bound to be amazed, they are amongs the best players in the profession that is playing instruments of music. Vulcan Worlds is the first piece of resistence from the album. Very groovy and agressive in some parts, a must in the RTF repertoire.

Where Have I Loved You Before, is a piano interlude, very beatiful but doesn't sound easy to play.

Than, the Rhodes starts a another beautiful melody fallowed by the bass and drums. Shadow Of Lo, has started. Shadow Of Lo is a more mellow tune but, it still groove like crazy, especialy in the middle witch has a superb moog solo by Corea. It's with that song that you realise that Al DiMeola is a guitar god, nothing else !!!

Where Have I Danced With You Before, is a another piano interlude by Corea, this time longer and more joyfull.

Beyond The Seventh Galaxy is the song where Lenny White does drums fill beyond human capacity, another god !!! this song is more agressive that the others and there is a very good guitar+keyboards theme played in armony.

Earth Juice, may not be the best song in the RTF repertoire but it is still beyond imagination, and a lot better than other stuff you might ear in your life. Very groovy.

Where Have I Known You Before?, is the last piano interlude. Very very beatiful, the best of all three.

Song To The Pharoah Kings: This tune maybe the best music RTF has recorded. A 14min tour de force !!! It start with Corea, solo on keyboards. Very mellow, very 70's but incredebly good. Than the keyboards sound change and the melody sound a little more spanish but, what a melody !!! When the band comes in to supports the theme, you know you in for a musical gift, and what a gift !!! Imagine the best rhythm track with the best guitar, bass and keyboards solo you have eard in your life and multiply it by a 1000 and you got the Song To The Pharoah Kings. This song is parts of my top 10 best track i have eard in my life, with two other songs from the RTF catalog, but this is a another story ;)

5 stars, nothing under that, a masterpiece of Jazz/Prog Rock music. Essential !!!!!

Fido73 | 5/5 |


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