- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.6 x 14.5 x 2.21 cm; 176.05 g
- メーカー : Eagle Records
- EAN : 0826992025728
- 商品モデル番号 : 25266719
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2012
- レーベル : Eagle Records
- ASIN : B007XNAQLA
- ディスク枚数 : 3
2012 three disc (two CD + DVD) set. Return To Forever are one of the most innovative and successful jazz/rock fusion bands. Originally formed in the early '70s, they had reunions in 1983 and 2008 before the current line-up got together in 2010 with the arrival of new members Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale. This set contains a double live CD recorded in 2011 plus a bonus DVD containing the Inside The Music feature which combines live footage with the band discussing the tracks performed on the CD. Also included on the DVD are full live performances of After The Cosmic Rain and The Romantic Warrior and an extended trailer for the upcoming film The Return To Forever Story . Line-up: Chick Corea (piano & keyboard); Stanley Clarke (electric & acoustic bass); Jean-Luc Ponty (electric & acoustic violin); Frank Gambale (electric & acoustic guitar); Lenny White (drums)
The sound is splendid and the band has a warmer, fuller sound than the on the 70s LP recordings (and the recently issued anthology of original 70s material was way over-compressed). Jean-Luc Ponty's violin is an especially welcome addition - on first appearance this could be taken for a synth but it is soon a formidable force and becomes more compelling with every listen, a reminder of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in fact, and one of my reasons to buy this set. Frank Gambale on guitars here is a refreshing change too.
While there are solos here they within the music, not the grandstanding indulgence tendencies (Clarke) on the live 2008 RTF reunion dvd (good as that is, with the Al Di Meola line up as per many RTF LPs). Solos make far more sense as part of a performance - on this set you can hear them again without wincing.
The digipack is neat, folding to the old style double CD size. The dvd here also has two performances (in 5.1 surround) and you could only wish for more, though again Clarke tends to over solo in my view. Yes he's brilliant but context is all.
I presume this is a document of the 2011 tour but the lengthy booklet fails to give any recording details like where? when? one show or a selection job? and in fact does little else either, being more of an illustrated thank you list. No excuse for that.
Brilliant musicianship and the smile never left my face through it all.
All of this is there to experience on this live CD, a solid wall of sound and when the stereo is cranked up just shut your eyes and you're almost in the theatre.
If you want to hear RTF at their best this is the album for you, buy it now, you won't regret it.