Chick Corea/Return To Forever: Chick Corea (keyboards, percussion); Stanley Clarke (organ, bass, percussion); Al DiMeola (guitar); Lenny White (drums, percussion).
Producer: Chick Corea.
Reissue producer: Richard Seidel.
Recorded at the Record Plant, New York, New York in July & August 1974.
Digitally remastered by Dennis Drake.
This classic, cookin' fusion record from the heyday of the genre still sounds exciting today. Keyboardist Chick Corea leads his band on an intergalactic cruise into the void where rock and jazz meet in an explosive big bang. Playing with sci-fi imagery, Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Lenny White, and guitarist Al DiMeola know how to trip the light fantastic.
White's searching "The Shadow of Lo" lets DiMeola riff with velvety guitars around Corea's sunny keys. On the closing space/jazz tug of war "Song to the Pharaoh Kings," Corea's synths pop like subatomic nuclei, while White lays down a frenzied star storm of clashing cymbals and ringing snares, and DiMeola and Clarke's strings wrap themselves around each other with impressive skill.