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Return to Forever: Returns - Live at Montreux 2008 (2008)

Al Di Meola , Stanley Clarke  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Lenny White
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024EWOYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Return To Forever were at the forefront of jazz/rock fusion in the seventies and like their contemporaries Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra were formed by a former Miles Davis sideman, in this case the great Chick Corea. Return To Forever hit their commercial and artistic peak with a string of albums in the mid-seventies featuring the line-up of Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Di Meola on guitar and Lenny White on drums. In 2008 this classic line-up reunited for their first tour in 25 years and proved that their musicianship and the chemistry within the band were as strong as ever. This concert was filmed at Montreux in July 2008 with the bonus tracks being filmed in Clearwater, Florida later the same month.

TRACK LISTING
Main Show - Montreux 2008
1) Introduction 2) Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy 3) Vulcan Worlds 4) Sorceress 5) Song To The Pharaoh Kings 6) Al's Solo 7) No Mystery 8) Chick's Solo 9) Romantic Warrior 10) El Bayo de Negro (Stanley's Solo) 11) Lineage (Lenny's Solo) 12) Romantic Warrior (conclusion)

Bonus Tracks - Clearwater 2008
1) Lineage (Lenny's Solo) 2) Al's Solo 3) Friendship (Chick's Solo) 4) El Bayo de Negro (Stanley's Solo) 5) Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Fans May 17, 2009
Format:DVD
To see and hear Chick et al back together in 2008 was a real treat, and this DVD captures the moment quite well. The title "Returns" is an apt description, much better than "reunion" as the latter term conjures up images of some old geezers cashing in on former glory. Now these guys do look like old geezers, but their playing is as fresh and vital as ever. A bit more mellow and mature, but no less exciting and no less mind-blowing in some sections, particularly Al and Stanley. My only complaint with the performance is that the spotlight solos are a little over the top and detract from "The Romantic Warrior".

The DVD includes all the songs that became part of the standard repertoire on the tour and plays like a complete concert. The bonus footage is a bit disappointing because it is all presented as a video collage: several smaller windows each showing a different camera angle with some funky dividers that are quite distracting. Otherwise the DVD looks and sounds great.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Forever Sizzles! May 16, 2009
Format:DVD
I saw this band back in 74 or 75 and they were great back then. Well, they are even better now. Dimeola's fast licks on the old RTF songs were mesmerizing. One almost sits there in disbelief. Yet, Al can also play mellow as he gets into the acoustic guitar. Stanley Clarke is as much a master of the bass as Dimeola is on the guitar and shows it throughout the dvd with some nice long solos that were intriguing. I believe I liked the hard work he put into the stand up bass more than the electric bass, but both were excellent. Lenny White just did his job. His style seems quite a bit different to me than it was. He didn't play with a lot of flash, but then he didn't have to. Chick Corea never fails to please me on all those keyboards. I enjoy the sounds he squeezes out of them. And finally, as a unit, these guys were together. It was as if they had been together all these years and had only progressed in their musicianship. They have, of course, progressed in their musicianship. Go out and get this one! You won't regret it!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godhead June 14, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very briefly, if you are looking for brilliant instrumental music, played and recorded brilliantly, get this. Miles Davis invented jazz-rock fusion, RTF has perfected it. Nothing else even comes close, IMHO.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff January 24, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fusion is a genre that like maybe only 3 people like. You, me and some other guy in Uruguay. Unless of course you are the guy from Uruguay. But for those of us in the know, fusion is a glorious, wonderful, creative, exciting, forward thinking genre that demands virtuosity and soul of the highest order from its musicians and composers. If you are reading this review, no one has to tell you about the stellar careers and musical accomplishments since RTF's heyday of bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al DiMeola, drummer Lenny White, and composer/keyboardist Chick Corea. The question is, does the disc measure up to RTF's legacy? Well it does. Beautifully shot, with great sound, this "Live at Montreux" concert is a wonderful document of the reunion tour that summer. Often instrumental DVD's suffer from a lack of 'musical' shot direction; you know, an extended shot of the keyboardist, during the bass solo? Well, not on this DVD. It feels like a 5 camera shoot. And while it may not have caught the band on one of those "special" performance nights, it is a tight, worthy performance, full of fusion fire. Especially from DiMeola and Corea. It features solo spots from each player and a nice choice of tunes from the RTF catalog. And 30 years later, they found a way to be period specific with their tones yet sound updated and modern. Over all this disc is a value purchase as twice the price, as this style of music rare and ultra niched, and every player on the roster is a master. And the production is top notch, and the performance masterful. Miss the tour? Buy this DVD! Like RTF? Buy this DVD! Wanna reconnect with some fine fusion? Buy this DVD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live at Montreux 2008 by Return to Forever June 15, 2009
By Perry
Format:DVD
RTF is amazing live or on cd but this dvd captures the talent of the "fantastic four". Production is great. It's mind blowing. My top 5 DVD only behind Jeff Beck - live at Ronnie Scotts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Baby!! June 2, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Saw this band in the late 70's also saw them here in Atlanta in 2008. If you call youself a true jazz fan,you got to have this DVD.I could really have done without the split screen at the end,very distracting! Otherwise the sound quality,video etc.was good.As far as i'm concerned,Chick,Stanley,Al and Lenny are at their very best on this tour. They truely are world class musicians.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My prayers have been answered! June 5, 2009
Format:DVD
I waited for years hoping to see RTF get together again. Although tickets were too pricey for me to see them performed at the Hard Rock in Orlando, this was the second best thing. Excellent sound and video. Can't wait to hear from the trio (Corea, Clarke & White)in the coming months.

Now, if only Al dimeola would do a retrospective concert playing his greatest hits from the Columbia years with guests like Steve Gadd, Anthony Jackson,Jan Hammer etc.

I will contine to pray for that one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DTS HD the way blueray should be recorded August 14, 2011
By Marc
Format:DVD
This DVD is a gem! I love this group. The recording is fantastic! this is the signature DVD of how Blueray should be recorded...DTS HD, from the DVD to the amplifier "DIRECT". I also recommend Pat Metheny Group "The way up" same story DTS HD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done!
Very nice recording of the jazz "supergroup: of the seventies, Return to Forever. Although I have enjoyed seeing many of them perform in other venues, alone or with different... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John H. Hyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome musicians
If you want to see players that master their instruments, these guys do not disappoint. The playing is flawless and the video is great as well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars The kings of fusion are back!
When you have giants like Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Al DiMeola,
and Chick Corea on the set, you have no choice but to watch this. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Garret Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegance
Without question, whenever I think of RTF this is the complement of musicians that materializes in the mind's eye. Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by mateo52
5.0 out of 5 stars The sooner you stop reading these reviews, the sooner you can be...
It's not often you come across a collection of music this outstanding. I have owned this for a bit more than a month and have been playing it over and over again. Read more
Published on June 24, 2011 by Myron Rosmarin
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...
I am a huge RTF fan, and saw them several times live back in the '70s. They were great. This DVD? Not so much. There is plenty of technical excellence but not much feeling. Read more
Published on April 12, 2011 by Denver Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Video; Good Performance
ONE OF THE BEST FILMED CONCERT VIDEOS
BIGGEST COMPLAINT: Too many solos

This is the third and most famous Return to Forever lineup:
Al DiMeola
Lenny... Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by kireviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
My perspective on this is that I grew up listening to RTF and the rest of the fusion crowd. I had an older brother that got me into it when I was in junior high and not a friend... Read more
Published on June 30, 2010 by Mr Magnolia
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing performance! return to fabulous!
what can i say? '70s jazz/rock fusion is my favorite music, and these guys were the top of the heap! Read more
Published on May 20, 2010 by D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon"
2.0 out of 5 stars not even close
honesty and integrity is the best policy..knowledge and experience make it hard often to see musicians who created the best and than perform weak. Read more
Published on May 10, 2010 by disco biscuit
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