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Poll Question: Which album do you enjoy more?
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    Posted: March 18 2006 at 18:37
These are two of my very favorite fusion albums.  I've been a big fan of the Romantic Warrior album for some time, but I was blown away by Unorthodox Behaviour when I heard it for the first time a couple years ago.  I'll go with UB...no, wait...RW...no...TOO CLOSE TO CALL!  Absoluetely fantastic...can't go wrong with either pick...which do you like?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 18 2006 at 18:40
Unorthodox Behaviour, but Romantic Warrior is a very close 2nd!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 18 2006 at 18:44
I've always preferred Brand X.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 18 2006 at 20:31
I can't believe I'm the first to vote for Romantic Warrior. What an incredible album. DeMiola's Majestic Dance, is my favorite on that album although the entire album is excellent.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 18 2006 at 20:39
For a single album, I like Romantic Warrior better than any single Brand X album.  But for a body of work, I like Brand X much better than Return To Forever.  RTF has some real stinkers out there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 18 2006 at 21:15
"Romantic Warrior" is my favourite jazz-rock/fusion album of all times!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 18 2006 at 21:31
Unorthodox Behaviour, easily for me

Moroccan Roll is better than both!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 19 2006 at 18:36
Romantic Warrior!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 19 2006 at 20:40
Romantic Warrior... I've been listening to it all day. The title track is incredible, as are the rest .I haven't heard Brand X though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 07:47
Brand X does not have an answer for Al Di Meola. For that reason I'll take RW by a razor's edge...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 07:57
That's really too close to call.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 09:25

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2006 at 11:43
Romantic warrior
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2006 at 14:02
Unorthodox behaviour is good, but Moroccan Roll is better.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2006 at 22:13
Neither are masterpieces of their respective genre, but I will almost always choose RtF over any Brand X album any day.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2006 at 00:00
I don't like the guitar style of Di Meola, though he certainly knows how to play it. So I'll vote for Brand X.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2006 at 00:27
Romantic Warrior- the instrumentation/songwriting on that album is truly amazing!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2006 at 01:26
Come on!  Unorthodox is a masterpiece!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2006 at 00:13
Romantic Warrior is way too over the top for me.  I loved the early RTF sound with the bubbling Fender Rhodes, lilting yet peppery horns, percussion all over the place and Flora's melodic voice...didn't matter that she was singing drivel.  Warrior is all flash, a clone of hundreds of fusion/prog albums that came before, a definite attempt to crossover to that rock 'n' roll market.  To me, it's blindingly shiny and hard on the ears - by far the worst LP RTF produced.
 
On the other hand, the early Brand X stuff is full of life...organic life.  They didn't break any new ground and are by no means as influential - or as talented - as Chick Corea's band, but they sound like they loved what they were doing.  I prefer the second Brand X LP to the first, but both make it on my turntable a lot more frequently than Romantic Warrior. 
 
I can't recommend the first two RTF albums enough...I think they're the pinnacle of the jazz fusion genre.  The second wave of RTF (with Connors and then DiMeola on guitar) was more expirimental and much more electric, sort of laying over the path set by Mahavishu but still a lot to enjoy and also recommended. 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 09 2008 at 21:15
Romantic Warror by far. Brand X aren't masters like Return to Forever.
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