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It took me two years to figure out that that song was on this album. In the intervening 30 years I've listened to the record over and over again and I never tire of it. This is the record that turned me away from rock and into the more sophisticated world of jazz forever. "Pharaoh Kings" is, in my opinion, one of the most brilliant pieces of music written, ever.
On a scale of 1 to 5, this one is 100.
P.S. Amazon has "Pharaoh" spelled wrong in the track name, so you can't find this album by searching for that song through their search engine!
This is one of those albums that just seems to have been laying there forever, to be discovered by a group of talented musicians. It almost flows from the musicians on it own accord; they seem as surprised and inspired in playing as we are listening.
The whole band - Chick, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clark, Lenny White - are phenoms. Their skill is stratospheric. To me, as a drummer, Lenny's performance here is magical.
Remember, this album came out in the same period as John McLaughlin's most famous works - BIRDS OF FIRE and INNER MOUNTING FLAME - so these guys were feeding off of each other (much like Paul McCartney and Brian Williams were).
This album is one of the Fusion pioneer albums. The genre didn't exist before RTF and McLaughlin. It quickly sunk under its own weight with all the copycat bands, while the founding fathers moved on to better things.
I saw RTF on tour for this album; third row front; right in front of Lenny (I could see his kick drum foot working - he had on these platform shoes, playing heel-down). It was a fabulous show, even better than the album (I remember Stanley turning to Lenny and giving him the "easy, dude" hand sign: Lenny was just a monster, in his own world!).
If you buy only ONE Corea album, or even only ONE Fusion album, this is the one!
Let me warn jazz purists that there is a lot of funk here, a lot of fuzzy electric bass. "Earth Juice" is the closest thing to a disco song that I actually like.
Let me warn funk maniacs that the keyboard playing here is just way too good for funk. It makes you suspect that the keyboardist may have had some classical training.
This record does make a great pair with "No Mystery".
If you are one of the tiny minority that likes both James Brown and Miles Davis (as I do), you would probably like this record.
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From 1974, this was a defining moment in musical exploration by one of the most incredible collection of musicians in history. Read morePublished 3 days ago by David Lynch
I was emulating Jimmy H. , when I first heard Return to forever. Got to see them play at my high school while a soft more in Greenwich ct. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mrtactfull
Saw them years ago and had all of their music on vinyl. First CD and I play it a couple of times a week.Published 9 months ago by Del Harvey
RTF was one masterful band. Saw them once live — wow! Still hold up for me.Published 15 months ago by Hank
This is one of my most favorite Jazz Fusion bands. This is a classic.Published 18 months ago by J3player
I had forgotten just how good these guys were together. Some of the tightest drumming my ears have ever heard.Published 20 months ago by cjohnson