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Poll Question: ...without Romantic Warrior. Which is your favorite?
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    Posted: January 05 2009 at 18:45
I removed Romantic Warrior because I thought it would be more interesting without a vote hog. Wink

My favorite actually isn't RW anyway, my ranking probably goes like this:
1. No Mystery
2. Romantic Warrior
3. Where Have I Known You Before
4. Hymn of the 7th Galaxy
5. Return to Forever
6. Light as a Feather
7. Musicmagic


What are your thoughts? The quartet of White, Di Meola, Corea, and Clarke was AMAZING and I heavily prefer those 3 albums the most.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2009 at 19:04
As much as i would like to push the envelope of debate and openly rebel, there comes a time when proudly claiming "ditto" is self evident. I also have a soft spot for No Mystery ! almost (by a whisker) as good as the Warrior! Having seen RTF opening for Focus (what a double whammy!) in Montreal was a treat for the ages, a torrid concert where the only negative was Clarke's solo spot (way overblown, almost arrogant) that did not provoke audience hysteria (classy crowd!). Bill Connors is probably the most underated fretman ever!  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2009 at 19:09
For me it's Hymn of the 7th Galaxy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2009 at 19:53
Originally posted by tszirmay

As much as i would like to push the envelope of debate and openly rebel, there comes a time when proudly claiming "ditto" is self evident. I also have a soft spot for No Mystery ! almost (by a whisker) as good as the Warrior! Having seen RTF opening for Focus (what a double whammy!) in Montreal was a treat for the ages, a torrid concert where the only negative was Clarke's solo spot (way overblown, almost arrogant) that did not provoke audience hysteria (classy crowd!). Bill Connors is probably the most underated fretman ever!  


I bet that concert was awesome! I'm jealous.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2009 at 19:56
I like the first two albums with Flora Purim , specially the first one. Those were quite unique. I appreciate their electric fusion period as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2009 at 20:22
I can easily select "Where Have I Known You Before" as my favorite (even over Romantic warrior).  I seen RTF in concert with all three (that's right 3) guitarist.  First time I saw RTF opening for The Electric Light Orchestra in NJ mid 70's with Bill Connors on guitar.  As previously stated very under-rated.  The second time they were the headliner with Bruce Springsteen as the opening act (weird crowd to say the least).  This was right after Connors had left the group.  To replace him they got a very young Earl Klugh and let me tell you he might have stolen the show if he had been with them a little longer.  You could tell he was still feeling his way with some of the songs but the man can play electric.  Makes you wonder about his solid acoustic career.  Finally I've saw the final version of RTF with di Meola before they quit, then the first reunion tour (early 80's) and just recently the latest reunion tour last year.  "Where Have I Known You Before" was di Meola's first with the group and there's a lot of great playing going on.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2009 at 20:54
WHIKYB, BARELY ahead of No Mystery.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2009 at 23:11
I chose Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy over Where Have i Known you Before.It's close though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 06 2009 at 02:18
Where Have I... is too mellow, IMO. It just seems devoid of the passion that is in their other albums that I have heard. Vulcan Worlds and Return to the Seventh Galaxy are the only really good songs on that album. The rest are just so-so.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 06 2009 at 09:57
Oddly enough, never collected much for being a such a big DiMeola fan.  I do have Return to the Seventh Galaxy: The Anthology.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 06 2009 at 17:28
No Mystery right now 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 06 2009 at 17:51
Hymn for me, though the first two are a close second and third.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 06 2009 at 19:55
Originally posted by Deathrabbit

Where Have I... is too mellow, IMO. It just seems devoid of the passion that is in their other albums that I have heard. Vulcan Worlds and Return to the Seventh Galaxy are the only really good songs on that album. The rest are just so-so.
You should re-listen to the album again especially "Song To The Pharoah Kings".  This one in particular has one of di Meola's best RTF recorded solos.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2009 at 04:55
Hymn of the 7th Galaxy, which is actually my favourite RTF album in any case.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2009 at 05:15
Hymn of the 7th Galaxy - Bill Connors is great  Clap

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2009 at 07:11
Originally posted by Rivertree

Hymn of the 7th Galaxy - Bill Connors is great  Clap

 
Clap agreed - more of a rock guitarist than Di Meola, and he really added something to Hymn of the 7th Galaxy. He may not have had Di Meola's chops, but it's easy to overlook just how much he contributed to the feel and sound of RTF.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2009 at 08:17
Hymn of the 7th Galaxy. I remember how shocked I was when I first bought it when it was released.
The introduction with that drumset kicking in was just something else!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2009 at 12:05
Hard poll but 7th Galaxy for me
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2009 at 12:33
Where is Anthology on this list? 
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