Eagle Records are proud to announce the release on 2 March 2009 of the fantastic “Returns” 2CD set from Return To Forever [Cat No EAGCD394]. This is the band’s first new release since 1979 and features extended reworkings of many of their classic tracks.
Return To Forever were at the forefront of jazz/rock fusion in the seventies and like their contemporaries Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra were formed by a former Miles Davis sideman, in this case the great Chick Corea. Return To Forever hit their commercial and artistic peak with a string of albums in the mid-seventies featuring the line-up of Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Di Meola on guitar and Lenny White on drums. In 2008 this classic line-up reunited for their first tour in 25 years and proved that their musicianship and the chemistry within the band were as strong as ever. The tracks were recorded live in Clearwater, Florida on July 31st 2008 apart from “Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant”, which was recorded in Boston (6/8/08), “500 Miles High” recorded in Montreux (18/7/08) and the second version of “Romantic Warrior” recorded in London, which features the band being presented with a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award by Sir George Martin.
1) Opening Prayer 2) Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy 3) Vulcan Worlds 4) Sorceress 5) Song To The Pharaoh Kings 6) Al’s Solo including: Children’s Song #3 (with Chick Corea) / Passion Grace & Fire / Mediterranean Sundance / Café 1930 / Spain (with Chick Corea) 7) No Mystery
1) Chick’s Solo: Friendship (including Solar) 2) Romantic Warrior 3) Stanley’s Solo: El Bayo de Negro 4) Lenny’s Solo: Lineage 5) Romantic Warrior (reprise) 6) Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant
1) 500 Miles High 2) Romantic Warrior
The 2008 Return To Forever tour was hugely successful pulling in big crowds in both Europe and the USA and the “Returns” album showcases an incredible band really delivering the goods. A concert from the tour filmed at Montreux will be released on DVD later in 2009.