Return to Forever

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The legendary first lineup of Chick Corea's fusion band Return to Forever debuted on this classic album titled after the group but credited to Corea, featuring Joe Farrell on soprano sax and flute, the Brazilian team of vocalist Flora Purim and drummer/percussionist Airto Moreira, and electric bass whiz Stanley Clarke. It wasn't actually released in the U.S. until 1975, which was why the group's second album, Light as a Feather, initially made the Return to Forever name. Nonetheless, Return to Forever is every bit as classic, using a similar blend of spacy electric-piano fusion and Brazilian and Latin rhythms. It's all very warm, light, and airy, like a soft breeze on a ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The legendary first lineup of Chick Corea's fusion band Return to Forever debuted on this classic album titled after the group but credited to Corea, featuring Joe Farrell on soprano sax and flute, the Brazilian team of vocalist Flora Purim and drummer/percussionist Airto Moreira, and electric bass whiz Stanley Clarke. It wasn't actually released in the U.S. until 1975, which was why the group's second album, Light as a Feather, initially made the Return to Forever name. Nonetheless, Return to Forever is every bit as classic, using a similar blend of spacy electric-piano fusion and Brazilian and Latin rhythms. It's all very warm, light, and airy, like a soft breeze on a tropical beach -- hardly the sort of firebrand approach to fusion that Miles Davis, Tony Williams, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra were exploring, and far less rooted in funk or rock. Corea also bathes the album in an undertone of trippy mysticism, not only in the admittedly dated lyrics, but in his cosmic keyboard wanderings, which remain melodic and accessible through most of the record. There's one genuine pop song in the groovy samba "What Game Shall We Play Today," and while "Sometime Ago" has similar elements, it's part of an ambitious side-long medley that features a stream-of-consciousness intro and a jubilant, Spanish/Mexican-style closing section called "La Fiesta," complete with castanets and flamenco modes. The title track is another multi-sectioned work, featuring Corea and Purim in wordless unison on two different, catchy themes, plus breezy work from Farrell and lots of Brazilian-flavored rhythmic interplay. And the dreamy, meditative "Crystal Silence" is an underrated gem waiting to be rediscovered. Certainly, this edition of Return to Forever wasn't inclined toward high-voltage jazz-rock as the next one was, but this group's two albums still stand as some of the most imaginative and distinctive early fusion recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 042281197826
  • Catalog Number: 811978
  • Sales rank: 40,346

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Return to Forever - Flora Purim (12:06)
  2. 2 Crystal Silence - Flora Purim (6:59)
  3. 3 What Game Shall We Play Today? - Flora Purim (4:30)
  4. 4 Sometime Ago/La Fiesta - Flora Purim (23:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chick Corea Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano
Airto Moreira Percussion, Drums, Snare Drums
Stanley Clarke Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Joe Farrell Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Flora Purim Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Chick Corea Composer
Manfred Eicher Producer
Tony May Engineer
Neville Potter Composer, Lyricist
Michael Manoogian Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Vibrant use of Electric Piano

    Chick Corea/Return to Forever Released prior to his more familiar synth-laden jazz fusion offerings, this vibrant recording features Corea exclusively utilizing the electric piano to produce a quietly joyful sound. The title track starts quietly with soft e. piano cadences, joined by Airto Moreira’s innovative percussion. Flora Purim, at the peak of her vocal abilities, insinuates herself into the mix, using her elegant voice as an instrument, segueing into a Joe Farrell flute solo. The song diminishes and slows back to a Corea solo, then speeds into an effective blend of keyboard chords and Stanley Clarke’s melodic driving bass. “Crystal Silence” features Farrell’s delicate soprano sax. “What Game Shall We Play” features words by Corea’s longtime lyricist Neville Potter, which are brightly sung by Purim with a decidedly upbeat Latin edge. “Sometime Ago-LaFiesta” spotlights each member of this extremely gifted band as they start out in a wistful ballad moving into a musical rendering of a Spanish Festival. Recorded in February, 1972 for ECM records, “Return to Forever” was produced by Manfred Eicher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A perfect album

    About five years ago, I bought this album on tape for $2.00 in a bargain rack. It was so amazing that I ordered the cd for for the cd player. This album shouldn't be over analized... just listened to. The music is one of the only pure "fusion" albums made in the seventies... no extremes in sonic sound high or low... just a yin and yang of perfect melodies and solid bass and rhythem. This is an album to buy if you are into jazz fusion, or if you just like dreamy music with beauitful loose lyrics.

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