The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This chapter in the Complete Columbia Albums series showcases the end of Return to Forever's initial run that had begun on Polydor with a very different band. The best-known line-up -- Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and guitarist Al di Meola -- appears only on the first album in this set, the iconic 1975 session Romantic Warrior, which was issued in 1976 the rest of their recordings together are all on Polydor. According to many, it is the apotheosis and end of jazz-rock fusion proper. The lackluster Musicmagic was issued in 1977 with only Corea and Clarke remaining in the lineup -- though saxophonist and flutist Joe Farrell had returned from the band's earliest ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This chapter in the Complete Columbia Albums series showcases the end of Return to Forever's initial run that had begun on Polydor with a very different band. The best-known line-up -- Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and guitarist Al di Meola -- appears only on the first album in this set, the iconic 1975 session Romantic Warrior, which was issued in 1976 the rest of their recordings together are all on Polydor. According to many, it is the apotheosis and end of jazz-rock fusion proper. The lackluster Musicmagic was issued in 1977 with only Corea and Clarke remaining in the lineup -- though saxophonist and flutist Joe Farrell had returned from the band's earliest incarnation in the early '70s. The last three discs in this collection are made up of Return to Forever's Live: The Complete Concert, with the same basic lineup as Musicmagic. This live album had a checkered release history in the United States. It initially appeared as a single LP simply called Live -- single because it had been edited down from the two-and-a-half-hour concert. Two years later, in 1979, it was issued as a four-album set, unedited. On compact disc, it first appeared as a two-disc set that deleted all of the spoken intros and dialogue, and featured the LP-edited versions of "The Musician" and "So Long Mickey Mouse." In Japan, the complete concert was released as a triple-disc set, and it is that version which appears here. For this reason alone, it may be worth the entire purchase price for Return to Forever's America and European fans who didn't set out the big money for the Japanese version.
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  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886978831927
  • Catalog Number: 788319

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Return to Forever Primary Artist
Lenny White Conga, Drums, Timbales, Timpani, Snare Drums, Suspended Cymbals, Alarm Clock
Gerry Brown Drums
Stanley Clarke Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals, Acoustic Bass, Piccolo Bass, Soloist, Bell-tree
Chick Corea Percussion, Piano, Marimbas, Electric Piano, Vocals, fender rhodes, Polymoog, Mini Moog, Arp Odyssey
Al di Meola Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Whistle, Guitar (Soprano)
Joe Farrell Flute, Piccolo, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Harold Garrett Tuba, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone, Tenor Trombone
Gayle Moran Piano, Vocals, Mellotron, Soloist, Polymoog, Mini Moog, Hammond B3
Ron Moss Tenor Trombone
Jim Pugh Baritone Horn, Tenor Trombone
John Thomas Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Soloist
James Tinsley Trumpet, Baritone Horn, Piccolo Trumpet
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Liner Notes
Lenny White Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Stanley Clarke Arranger, Composer, Producer
Chick Corea Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Al di Meola Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Rory Kaplan Equipment Manager
Bernie Kirsh Engineer
Dennis MacKay Engineer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Mike Miller Engineer
Gayle Moran Arranger, Composer
Ron Moss Personal Manager
Richard Seidel Producer
Ned Washington Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Tony Lane Art Direction
Edward O'Dowd Art Direction
Mike Kull Tape Research
Mike Panico Archival Assistant
Kay Swift Composer
Catherine Loeb Illustrations
Tom Tierney Archival Assistant
Phil MacConnell Equipment Engineer
Paul James Composer
David Bretz Tour Manager
Dave Leonard Management
Dave Palmer Engineer
Che Williams Archival Assistant
Ron Delscner Promoter
Lloyde Dees Percussion Engineer
Julie Lokin Promoter
Jerry Gemme Engineer
Alan Lawler Road Manager
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