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Live: Complete Concert Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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EU two CD live release. Jazz keyboard player Chick Corea's Return to Forever emerged as one of the key Jazz Rock fusion bands of the 1970s. Like Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, they were formed by an alumnus of Miles Davis' late-'60s bands with the intention of furthering the Jazz-Rock hybrid Davis had explored on albums like Bitches Brew. on May 20-21 1977, Return to Forever recorded a live album at the Palladium Theater in New York City, but Corea disbanded the group after the tour.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Opening '77
  2. The Endless Night
  3. The Musician
  4. Stanley's Introduction
  5. Hello Again
  6. So Long Mickey Mouse
  7. Musicmagic

Disc: 2

  1. Come Rain or Come Shine
  2. Serenade
  3. The Moorish Warrior and Spanish Princess
  4. Stanley's Introduction
  5. Spanish Fantasy
  6. Chick's Closing Introductions
  7. On Green Dolphin Street


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B00004ICAZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This live album has come close to overthrowing The Romantic Warrior as my all time favorite album! Again RTF continue to amaze with their complex arrangements and time signatures, this time made even grander by the big band.
By now the guitar was gone, but the horn section and Stanley more than make up. The first disc is my favorite with long tracks and generally more energy. The second disc is a little more laid back, with some solos by Stanley and Chick.
My favorite tracks are Endless Night(pure bliss!!), Musician, Musicmagic and Spanish Fantasy. Endless Night could be sold by itself, it is that good!!
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The other reviewers said it all, this is great music, as best as they come. However, buyer be ware, two tracks are "circumsized" (Music Magic and So Long Mickey Mouse). The only other term I would use cannot be put in print here, and to do that to such great music is very disappointing.
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No question about this as a pinnacle of RTF's performance recordings. On that, cheat the system somehow and make it SIX stars. Before this CD was released, I'd already converted my vinyl set to digital, spending an hour or two of meticulous editing to clean out any significant pops and surface noise, and to connect the split tracks into seamless performances.

And here lies my subtracting a star: I don't know what the CBS production team was smoking when they decided to amputate a few tracks here. You want to take out some filler from a pop group? Fine. But these are real, live, innovative, truly gifted musicians. We might as well delete some of the "repetitive" parts in a Beethoven symphony, or shorten the third quarter of the Super Bowl. Instead of paying for two incomplete CD's, I'd have much rather spent the extra few bucks for a three-CD complete set.

That said, I am SO glad to have a pristine Musicmagic filling almost a half-hour. Surgical abuses aside, this is a brilliant evening's show.
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Different sound than "Romantic Warrior"? Oh yes. Way!! Different band (Still Stanley though - a big plus. Also, Joe Farrell is back). Different sound (No guitar; brass and vocals added). But like Miles, Chick is "forever" challenging us, to open up our ears. Hard to find, but well worth it. (One draw though on the cd: edited-down versions -from the original vinyl release - of "The Musician" and "So Long Mickey Mouse". This was done to keep the package at a 2-disc-set.)
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First I have to laugh at the reviewer who gave this album one star, ha-ha-ha! OK, now that I got that out the way, on to the album. How can one review perfect music? what is perfect music? I guess it is a very personal thing... for me it is not just chops or clever arrangements, it is music that speaks to the heart, that has the ability to uplift and touch the listener. I get that feeling from Return To Forever Live, it captures that vibe perfectly, even better than the studio record. If I had to compare it with another album, I'd pick Santana's Lotus, another album with that inspirational, devotional quality. This music comes at the height of Chick Corea's creative powers (many musicians experienced that creative peak between 1970 and 1977) and is seasoned with soulful vocals from Gayle Morris and Stanley Clarke, a richly colorful brass band, and a battery of keyboards that include the Moog, the Fender Rhodes, the Mellotron and the Hammond B3. The only thing missing is the guitar, but Chick's extended solos are so spectacular that they make you forget that Mr. Di Meola is no longer part of the band. No fusion fan will be disappointed with this album - particularly the prog-heads, who love 20-minute epics and lengthy solos, will eat it up. However there are some moments that are closer to "straight jazz" - a couple of jazz standards, and a long "unplugged" piece, Serenade. Overall, though the album definitely leans towards the progressive side of things, and somehow it feels like a goodbye song to an entire era. Maybe foreseeing things to come, Chick decided to give it all he had, perhaps more, and we can consider ourselves fortunate to have a beatiful document of that spirit.
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I would say this was the best live recording set up by chick corea ever.Very difference from the others RTF's materials but far better in most way (my humble opinion). Most of the songs from Musicmagic are featured here with fantastic extended solos and intros. These are the tunes that first turned me on to the music of c corea ever since. I owned the original 4LPs set and also bought the cd-set with the red cover. In the RTF red cover cds, certian portion found on the LPs were omitted from the cd including the part when chick introduces the musicians- which was really great to feel the response and reaction between the audiences and the band. Also the extended intro to 'so long mickey mouse' too was cut. However, it was still very good consider some of the materials needed to be removed to allow the 4 LPs to fit into the 2cds set. I hope this new release with today's tech.would contain the complete recordings. If 'quality' and 'timeless' tunes are what you looking for, go get it. Been listening to them for over 20 years, still sound great and fresh today. ..A t the same time, I was longing for Chick to try some of these songs in the Elektric band format, that would be mind blowing esp. for tune like 'endless night'.
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