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Return to Forever: Returns - Live at Montreux 2008

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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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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
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024EWOYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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I was turned on to RTF back in 1977 I worked with this guy who was a complete jazz fan. My first album was Romantic Warrior which would be on my top 10 albums I'd take with me if I was stranded on an island. Now to this DVD. RTF live at Montreux is with out a doubt a awesome live show by a group of musicians who were that same group who played on Romantic Warrior. It was really good to see guitarist Al Di Meola back in the RTF line up. I am a big fan of Stanley Clarke and it was good to see him play that bass. The song selection is fantastic This DVD is wort having in your collection.
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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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Wow, Wow, WOW!!! This is an excellent DVD. The image and sound are crystal clear! I have a top notch surround system so, to me, it was superb. I will say that watching the artist perform and the clarity in the sound just makes this DVD that much better. This is truly one that you should come home and sit with friends with a glass of wine and enjoy.
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