Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The titles that record companies come up with to indicate to consumers that an album is a compilation -- "Greatest Hits," "Best Of," "Gold," etc. -- can sometimes get them into trouble if the contents, for one reason or another, do not live up to the grandiose name. A case in point is Universal Music's series called The Definitive Collection. (Individual albums are released on the conglomerate's many subsidiary labels, this one appearing on the Verve imprint.) That's just asking for trouble. And the release of this name devoted to Chick Corea and Return to Forever is a case in point. The group had a four-album tenure on the Polydor label, now controlled by Universal, ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The titles that record companies come up with to indicate to consumers that an album is a compilation -- "Greatest Hits," "Best Of," "Gold," etc. -- can sometimes get them into trouble if the contents, for one reason or another, do not live up to the grandiose name. A case in point is Universal Music's series called The Definitive Collection. (Individual albums are released on the conglomerate's many subsidiary labels, this one appearing on the Verve imprint.) That's just asking for trouble. And the release of this name devoted to Chick Corea and Return to Forever is a case in point. The group had a four-album tenure on the Polydor label, now controlled by Universal, between 1972 and 1975, following a debut album on ECM and followed by several albums for Columbia Records. The earlier and later recordings by Return to Forever are not included on this disc, which restricts itself to selections from the four Polydor albums, Light as a Feather (1972), Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy (1973), Where Have I Known You Before (1974), and No Mystery (1975). Within that restriction, the choices are reasonable, and the disc has a generous running time of nearly 76 minutes. The listener gets a good sense of the band's evolution from its Latin beginnings to its mature fusion style. But, lacking anything from Return to Forever albums like Romantic Warrior, it simply cannot (or should not, anyway) be called The Definitive Collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517473058
  • Catalog Number: 001002402
  • Sales rank: 81,670

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 500 Miles High - Chick Corea (9:08)
  2. 2 Light as a Feather - Chick Corea (10:57)
  3. 3 Captain Marvel - Chick Corea (4:54)
  4. 4 Spain - Chick Corea (9:50)
  5. 5 Captain Señor Mouse - Chick Corea (9:02)
  6. 6 Theme to the Mothership - Chick Corea (8:48)
  7. 7 Vulcan Worlds - Chick Corea (7:53)
  8. 8 Beyond the Seventh Galaxy - Chick Corea (3:15)
  9. 9 Where Have I Known You Before - Chick Corea (2:21)
  10. 10 Day Ride - Chick Corea (3:26)
  11. 11 No Mystery - Chick Corea (6:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Return to Forever Primary Artist
Bill Connors Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lenny White Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Drums, Marimbas
Airto Moreira Percussion, Drums
Stanley Clarke Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Electric Bass, Chimes, Acoustic Bass, Fuzz Bass, Bell-tree
Chick Corea Organ, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Gong, Harpsichord, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Al di Meola Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Joe Farrell Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Flora Purim Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Stanley Clarke Composer
Chick Corea Arranger, Composer, Producer
Hugh Jones Engineer
Richard Manwaring Engineer
Flora Purim Composer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Neville Potter Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
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