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Romantic Warrior Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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|Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, February 8, 2000||
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Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 8-FEB-2000
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However, the benchmark disc is this 2001 Sony Japan-only DSD remaster, derived from a DSD-SACD release in 1999, now long out-of-print. The DSD-processing delivers quite a bit of additional clarity, and especially much better bass, than the U.S. remaster.
The DSD was also re-pressed in 2006. Both pressings have since sold thru, but some availability does remain.
In 2008, the Warrior album was also released, in its entirety, on the 2CD RTF Anthology set. However, that version is heavily remixed, which I didn't particularly care for.
The original's recording, engineering and mastering were, for all intents and purposes, perfect to begin with. After listening to original mix for the past 30 years, I found the remix to be very jarring: The main objective seemed to be targeted in increasing the volume of the solo'd instruments (check out Clarke's bass solo at the end of "Medieval Overture" on the Anthology disc as an example).
If you're looking for the best-sounding version of the Warrior album in its original mix, my advice is to buy this DSD remaster.
While this album has received everlasting praise from critics and fans alike, I was quite disappointed with this on the first few listens. The turn-offs at the time? The slickness of it all. While I found the musicianship quite accomplished, I found it to be quite cold, dry, over-manufactured and plastic-sounding, which gave me a feeling of the music coming off as quite soulless. The synthesizer effects in many of the songs sounded flavorless and insubstantial, and the drum sonics sounded quite dry and plastic as well. As far as synthesizers go, I'll be the first to disagree with the many who say that they produce little or no emotional substance, but here, this was the first time I was ever compelled to agree with the many detractors.
Most importantly, I was disappointed in this because everything mentioned above that bothered me seemed to be the very things that go against what I assumed are/were the very principles of jazz and/or jazz-fusion; the music needs feeling, it needs soul, it needs fire, it needs purposeful, authentic expression. A highly respected friend and pal of mine -- if he reads this review, he will know exactly who he is -- doesn't enjoy this album for the exact reasons listed above, and it's safe to say that I fully understand why. Only difference between us regarding our opinion of the album? He still doesn't enjoy the album, while my opinion has changed, and I now enjoy it.Read more ›
It wasn't just the guitarist - the bassist blew me away! And all those synthesizer sounds that complimented everything perfectly. I didn't even LIKE synthesizers! It wasn't just the musicianship and cool sounds either. Even today when I plug in the remastered CD, I still feel like I'm sitting in front of an old console stereo. You know, the wooden box that had funky colored fabric speaker grille cloth on each side of the front, and had a flip top center that exposed the record player, 8 track player and radio tuner. Those things sounded SSSOOOO warm.
That clear, warm production drew me in as much as anything, and that feeling didn't get lost on the remastered CD. I've been a musician for 30 years and have listened to much music, but nothing has grabbed me like that day in the van. Romantic Warrior was the reason I bought so many Stanley Clarke albums and took me on a musical journey that I'm much the richer for.
In a time when disco ruled, what a dramatic departure to discover a collection of Baroque tunes played at breakneck speed on rock n' roll instruments full of funk and experimentation. A huge chunk of great music from the last 30 years exists because of this album. And most people don't even know that RTF ever existed.
This ain't just a cool album, it changed my musical life!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How can this recording with these four guys be criticized? This has to be my favorite all time fusion album.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another fantastic classic for Chic Corea & Return To Forever with musicians Chic, Al Dimeola, Stanley Clarke & Lenny White creating 6 exciting pieces of futuristic jazz, hard to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by George
It's a beautiful album. Unfortunately, for the second time, I have to return it because the vinyl is severely warped. Read morePublished 6 months ago by wieslaw t. ciesla
This CD is a classic, showcasing the talents of these professional musicians who have perfected they're craft.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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