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Return to Forever – Romantic Warrior

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  • A KILLER copy with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it – on the right stereo this is a true Demo Disc
  • Rockin’ dynamic energy as well as huge amounts of studio space on both sides make this copy the one to own
  • Our favorite Jazz Rock Fusion Album of All Time – none rocks harder – and of course we love the music
  • These are four instrumental pyrotechnicians – the band is absolutely on fire like no other album they recorded together

If you’re a fan of ’70s jazz fusion there aren’t many albums better than this. (It’s the only RTF record we bother to carry as a matter of fact.) It’s an absolutely phenomenal recording, and if you have any doubts about that fact, these two pressings are more than capable of disabusing you of such like. (more…)

The Recordings of Return to Forever – These Are Some that Didn’t Make the Grade

 

These are just some of the recordings by Return to Forever that we’ve auditioned recently and found wanting. Without going into specifics we’ll just say these albums suffer from poor performances, poor sound, or both, and therefore do not deserve a place in your collection, and may even belong in our Hall of Shame.  

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Return to Forever – The Greatest Jazz/Rock Fusion Album of Them All

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Romantic Warrior is my favorite JAZZ/ROCK FUSION album of all time. As good as the music is, the sound is even better. This is the Jazz/Rock Demo Disc that stands head and shoulders above the rest. In my experience, no record of this kind is more DYNAMIC or has better BASS. Not one. Demo Disc doesn’t begin to do this kind of sound justice.

Simply put, not only is this one of the greatest musical statements of all time, it’s one of the great recording statements. Few albums in the history of the world can lay claim to this kind of POWER and ENERGY.

But the Super Sound has a purpose, a raison d’etre. This is the kind of music that requires it; better yet, DEMANDS it. In truth, the sound is not only up to the challenge of expressing the life of the music on this album, it positively ENHANCES it.

Those monster Lenny White drum rolls that run across the soundstage from wall to wall may be a recording studio trick, but they’re there to draw your attention to his amazing powers, and it works! The drums are EVERYWHERE on this album, constantly jumping out of the soundfield and taking the music into the stratosphere where it belongs.
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Letter of the Week – Romantic Warrior

One of our good customers had this to say about some Hot Stampers he purchased recently:

Hey Tom, 

We know Better Records are big fans of Return to Forever, Romantic Warrior, and so are we. I saw a white hot copy (Both sides!) on your website, and immediately ran upstairs to tell my son. We both drooled over the listing for a couple minutes, My son turned to me and said ” Dad.I’ll split it with you!” Done! We listened to all of side one the day it came, Magic! Even better than we imagined! From time to time, we pull the album out and listen to an entire side. Just as great now as it ever was! The gift that keeps on giving! (more…)