Romantic Warrior review by Return To Forever

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  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (15 votes)
Return To Forever: Romantic Warrior

Sound — 10
Return To Forever was a 70's jazz fusion band consisting of some of the most impressive virtuosos of the time. Started by Chick Corea (Miles Davis' Pianist) along with a Young Al Dimeola on Guitar, Lenny White on Drums and Stanley Clarke on bass. The Romantic Warrior Album came out in 1976. Though it hit the billboard charts this masterpiece is still unknown to a lot of people. This album marked a real step in technical music, at the time Di meola was widely accepted as the fastest guitar player in the world, though he was only in his early 20's when this album hit stores it is a must hear for guitarists and music theorists, with multiple time changes throughout the soundscapes tend to tell their own story each instrument being a vital part to the overall sound of each song on this album. This is an Instrumental Album, and definately doesn't need vocals. Corea's Classical/Jazz/Rock Melodies go hand in hand with Clarke's ridiculous bass runs and Lenny White's jazzy Polyrhythms playing behind. This album is an essential for someone really getting into music or theory.

Lyrics — 9
No Lyrics, Instrumental Album. Every Instrument speaks for itself On here! at times on this album the music is so tight and precise. You might want to look up videos of them playing just to convince yourself they are really playing and have amazing chemistry together!

Overall Impression — 10
When someone comes into my record store and asks for something "different" this is usually what I show them. I've sold this to fans of Death Metal and Easy Listening. The most impressive tracks on this album are hard to pin point. "The Magician" is almost a tease until Di Meola tears in with one of the best Rock & Roll solos you will ever hear towards the end. Funk is scattered throughout the album as well such as in "Sorceress". My Favorite track personally is "Duel of The Jester and the Tyrant". If you get a second to check these guys out you should, even if your not a fan of older music... These guys were WAY ahead of their time!

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    Amazing album. I wouldn't recommend listening to Medieval Overture on shrooms, unless you can handle them well. Some trippy shit
    A Poe
    these guys are amazing musicians. check out the track mating drive by lenny white. one of the sickest jams i've ever heard.