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The Mothership Returns (2CD/DVD)

Return to ForeverAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Medieval Overture
2. Señor Mouse
3. The Shadow Of Lo / Sorceress
4. Renaissance
Disc: 2
1. After The Cosmic Rain
2. The Romantic Warrior
3. Spain
4. School Days
5. Beyond The Seventh Galaxy
Disc: 3
1. Inside The Music (film)
2. After The Cosmic Rain (Live Austin, Texas)
3. The Romantic Warrior (Live Montreux, Switzerland)
4. The Return To Forever Story Trailer.

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Return To Forever are one of the most innovative and successful jazz/rock fusion bands. Originally formed in the early seventies, they had reunions in 1983 and 2008 before the current line-up got together in 2010 with the arrival of new members Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale. This set contains a double live CD recorded in 2011 plus a bonus DVD containing the Inside The Music feature which combines live footage with the band discussing the tracks performed on the CD. Also included on the DVD are full live performances of After The Cosmic Rain and The Romantic Warrior and an extended trailer for the upcoming film The Return To Forever Story . / Line-up: Chick Corea (piano & keyboard); Stanley Clarke (electric & acoustic bass); Jean-Luc Ponty (electric & acoustic violin); Frank Gambale (electric & acoustic guitar); Lenny White (drums)

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome jams! Great sound mix. Long Live RTF! June 21, 2012
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B. Bernardini ... I think your jazz professors better go back to music school. HeeHee! This is an incredible product... probably another one of Chick's Grammy awards waiting to happen. Just so fortunate to be getting a quality release from RTF -- again, the sound mix is out of this world! -- even though the venerable guitarist Al DiMeola is left off this one. I understand drummer Lenny White did the bulk of the mixing of this CD. It couldn't be any better! The addition of Frank Gambale and inclusion of strings player Jon Luc Ponty makes is an acceptable tradeoff.

As for tempos of songs, it's not unusual for this to happen as music is heard over years (decades, in this instance). Futhermore, its authors probably know note-for-note where to take it to the next levcel. Totally love what RTF IV did to "Spain" and many other tracks. It just is part of maturation of the music. Sometimes more space between notes is of value. Long-time RTF fans... and those who saw the group on the live 2011 tour ... will no doubt be blown away when they hear this CD/ DVD.

A must-buy! Long Live Return To Forever!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, a masterpiece June 21, 2012
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I've been following RTF since the early 70's. Chick Corea Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White never cease to blow me away with their musicial capabilities. (Being a musician I am especially impressed) For this tour, Frank Gambale played lead guitar, and Jean-Luc Ponty joined the fantastic ride with his violin. I was honored to see the most recent RTF tour, and this release brings that tour live to the listener. These guys have a connection musically that brings you to another dimension. I highly recommend this CD/DVD if you appreciate musicians who have mastered their instruments. If you have been a long-standing RTF fan, you'll love this recording. If you're new to jazz/jazz fusion, treat yourself to something extraordinary. The double CD comes with a high-quality DVD; it takes you up close and personal with the band members; it illustrates their creativity, and gives some history/background to some of their tunes, with some live footage of the most recent tour. The Mothership certainly has returned!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspirational June 23, 2012
By Nick S.
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These guys are heroes to me. Being a musician myself, I know how hard it is to make excellent and original music AND play it well live. (I'm not saying you have to be a musician to know that, but I really appreciate the magnitude of what it means because I try it every day and think about it constantly)

So when I hear this CD, I'm filled with a massive amount of hope and inspiration for my own future. These giants of musical creation helped (and continue to) light the fire that makes my life immensely colorful and enjoyable; Particularly music like this because of its of unique character. Even after several decades it is still fresh and beautiful and people want to hear it and people want to hear THEM because they are some of the greatest musicians on the planet.

I had the great honor of seeing them live during their world tour in September of 2011 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL.. and it was the best night of my life, bar none, just to see and hear them live. I felt like I got to see a major part of history. (But they are NOT "history" yet. Clearly they still have so much to say!)

As far as the actual content of the album goes, I am maximally pleased. They NEVER cease to amaze me.. There's always some sort of new musical surprise in each tune. They never really play the same way twice which is wildly fun and to me the ultimate goal for musical expression. Plus, I have to say, I love that most of the tracks are so long. Each one is like a journey and they take you down all kinds of different paths and expose you to different concepts. They are all still very much alive and well with what they do and to me they trump any modern band in terms of energy, enthusiasm and overall sound.

After all... They are a MAN band.
Long live RTF, long live PURE MUSIC.

- Nick Spagnuolo, Palmetto, FL

"When you play, you play life" - Jaco
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE NO BAND HAS GONE BEFORE June 30, 2012
By Crilen
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There's no greater joy in music than seeing musicians you've loved for nearly forty years play better in their 60's and 70's than when you first discovered them. Unlike pro athletes where we can only enjoy their prime for a decade if we're lucky, great musicians continue to grow and expand until their final breaths. I remember seeing Buddy Rich come creeping onto the old Tonight Show set in the 1980s and thinking "c'mon...really?" Then old Buddy settled down behind the drum set in his leisure suit and proceeded to blow the lid off the joint. I was amazed then. I'm even more amazed now that "my guys" have hit that stage in their careers and are still bringing it better than they ever have on "The Mothership Returns".

I read one critical comment that questioned the resurrection of old compositions. Do we criticize a brilliant pianist for resurrecting Rachmaninoff or Tchaikovsky? We're not talking about tunes from the bubble gum pop music factory which are time-locked in relevance by the churn of musical fads on the Billboard charts. Return To Forever and their musical contemporaries created dynamic compositions of unparalleled complexity and beauty which remain unrivaled to this day.

Like the recent releases of "Returns" and "Forever" these magnificent musicians expand and improve upon their former works by the sheer preponderance of new arrangements combined with their ingeniously exponential growth as expansive artists. Disc 1 of "Returns" and disc 2 of "Mothership" combine to deliver the finest live performances in the history of the genre. Admittedly, disc 1 of "Mothership" (for whatever reason) does start out sounding a bit labored with the updated version of "Medieval Overture". Unexplainable considering the sheer brilliance of the remainder of the album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Performances
If you are a fan of Chick Corea and RTF, the you will find these recordings most enjoyable. These are master musicians doing what they enjoy most at the highest level. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith Nauls
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes me sad I missed the concert...
I passed on going to see this incarnation of RTF in the summer of 2011, because I had seen the quartet version featuring Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Branch Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars This album takes no prisoners! It kills everything, lay's waste to any...
I am completely Jealous of the lucky bastards clapping in the audience of this recording. Those sons a bictch's saw these guys play in a way I have never heard! Read more
Published 4 months ago by greg jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Current Music
This is a really good updated CD, Chick and the group know they need to keep it current and they did a very good job. I would not hesitate giving this as a gift!
Published 4 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars RTF - easily the Beatles and/or Sly and the Family Stone of their...
This set is a 'must have' for any true fan of RTF. I had the privilege of seeing this version of the group in concert and even though I went with the feeling that Al Di Meola's... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MKG3
5.0 out of 5 stars My favortie jazz band of all time
These are the greatest individuals playing together and giving off super fine jazz music that blows your socks off all the time!!
Published 5 months ago by Gregg Rosenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mothership connection
This is a top notch CD, and video package. This particular incarnation
of RTF features: Stan Clarke, (bass) Chick Corea, (keyboards) Lenny White (Drums) with the addition... Read more
Published 7 months ago by H. Wolfe III
5.0 out of 5 stars I love every piece of it . I am looking forward if they come up with...
It was owesome as always expecting from rtf with addition of jean Luke ponty with his flourish lines . Bravo .
Published 7 months ago by Anastasios Skarpelis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set - excellent production!
I like this 3 disc CD/DVD set more than when I saw them on this 2011 tour, and much more than their '08 tour recording Returns. Read more
Published 7 months ago by applewood
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I've been a fan of this band for years but I thought the return would be with new music. I liked this CD
Published 7 months ago by Gerald Pitts
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