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The Mothership Returns [2 CD/DVD Combo]
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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!
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.
THANK YOU RTF, WE LOVE YOU DEARLY!
- Nick Spagnuolo, Palmetto, FL
"When you play, you play life" - Jaco
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.Read more ›
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I would give it 20 stars because it's outstanding!!!
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Excellent CD. I would definitely recommend it to any RTF or fusion fanPublished 7 months ago by Dave Herbert
I am happy to have this document of RTF as they perform. It does not come close to the virtuosity of their studio albums.Published 7 months ago by Michael M. Dickman
This is the best from Chick Corea...The best version of "Return to Forever" yet !Published 8 months ago by Daniel Barrow
This is a great package to celebrate the latest rebirth of RTF in their 2011 tour. The performance in Cincinnati was nothing short of a genuine synthesis of music from the foremost... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chris Burns
Wow, spent an entire evening listening to this fantastic CD, it sounded so good I started making system adjustments to hear deeper into the mix. Read morePublished 11 months ago by GM
THIS DVD WAS GREAT QUALITY SOUND WONDERFUL AND GOOD PICTURE.I GOT ONE FOR MY BROTHR.THANKS AGAINPublished 13 months ago by Gerald l Prince