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Where Have I Known You Before/No Mystery

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
England's Beat Goes On Label does two-fers better than almost anyone else. They remaster the music, pop the CDs into durable, slim-line jewel cases, and offer authoritative liner notes as well as a tidy, if not overly attractive, paper slipcase. This double-disc includes the two middle period Return to Forever releases, Where Have I Known You Before, originally issued in 1974, and No Mystery, released in 1975, which was also the band's final album for Polydor -- they moved to Columbia for 1976's classic Romantic Warrior. The first of these two discs introduced the band's legendary -- though not original -- lineup: with Chick Corea on keyboards, bassist Stanley Clarke, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
England's Beat Goes On Label does two-fers better than almost anyone else. They remaster the music, pop the CDs into durable, slim-line jewel cases, and offer authoritative liner notes as well as a tidy, if not overly attractive, paper slipcase. This double-disc includes the two middle period Return to Forever releases, Where Have I Known You Before, originally issued in 1974, and No Mystery, released in 1975, which was also the band's final album for Polydor -- they moved to Columbia for 1976's classic Romantic Warrior. The first of these two discs introduced the band's legendary -- though not original -- lineup: with Chick Corea on keyboards, bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Lenny White, and new guitarist Al DiMeola, who replaced Bill Connors. The now corny sci-fi imagery was perfect for the mid-'70s, and the stellar blend of knotty compositions and intense solo improvisation made for one of RTF's most compelling albums. No Mystery, featuring the same personnel, generally got shorter shrift, but hindsight being 20/20, that's unwarranted. Time has proven it to be a very consistent -- though admittedly less groundbreaking -- offering; it's worthy of real reconsideration in the 21st century. These records were, along with Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy and Romantic Warrior, Billy Cobham's Spectrum, Tony Williams' Lifetime, the Mahavishnu Orchestra's Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire, the epitome of jazz-rock fusion; Miles Davis' music of the era was always something more mysterious, more speculative, and far funkier than this muscular -- and masculine -- blurred out blend of instrumental pyrotechnics. The BGO versions of these albums sound a whole level or two better than the domestic budget reissues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261207999
  • Catalog Number: 799
  • Sales rank: 69,638

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chick Corea Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Group Member
Lenny White Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Drums, Marimbas, Group Member
Stanley Clarke Organ, Synthesizer, Percussion, Electric Bass, Chimes, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass, Bell-tree, Group Member
Al di Meola Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Group Member
Technical Credits
Chick Corea Producer, Audio Production
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Shelly Yakus Producer, Engineer
Tom Rabstenek Mastering
Neville Potter Author, Package Concept
Bill Levy Art Direction, Package Concept
Herb Dreiwitz Cover Photo
Alyn Shipton Liner Notes
Petra Kinkele Cover Design
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