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Return To Forever


Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.85 | 108 ratings

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3 stars This album was recorded after Al Di Meola and Lenny White left the band, leaving only Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke being the founding member of the band, accompanied by Joe Farrel (flute / sax), Gayle Moran (vocal and keyboard) , Gary Brown (drums) and 4-piece horn section.

A lot of RTF fans do not really like this album, as they expecting something equal to Romantic Warrior. This album is not RTF masterpiece, but still there are good tracks.

'So Long Mickey Mouse' (written by Stanley Clarke) is an excellent track and my favourite track in this album. It is a very vivid composition, with fascinating bass solo and drumming. I enjoyed the live version in 1977 'RTF Live' that to me is a more powerful and passionate version compared to the studio album.

The title track 'Musicmagic' is a bit light (despite its 11-minute length), but still has a good groovy parts with great keyboard and bass solos. The rest of the album is for me not really what we expect from a band like RTF. The absence of guitar in this album is among things I miss, even the chemistry between Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke is always delightful.

Mark-P | 3/5 |


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