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Album : Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy – Return To Forever featuring Chick Corea

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It was just a natural progression that CB would get to this record.  All the stuff he was listening to, King Crimson, Yes, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan and more to the point, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock were all in the same vein.

Heavy bass and drums, soaring guitar and great keyboards mixed in.  The first cut has all those elements .  Lenny White and Stanley Clarke lay down rhythm, Bill Connors rips some great guitar solos and Chick Corea fills in on the keyboard.  This was not soft music.  I was hearing similar sounds from the other bands I was listening to but these guys had their own style and sound.

They pretty well stay in this groove for the whole record.  Jamming and laying down some great work.  Both Chick and Stanley take solos on ‘After the Cosmic Rain’.  Clarke’s solo is particularly cool.  ‘Senor Mouse’ ends side two.  Fast tempo with some nice stuff from Chick and Bill.  CB likes loud, hard guitar and he gets some here.  Liking this album a lot.

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Side Two opens with ‘Mothership’ and just continues on with some very cool music. CB had heard some good keyboard players, Chick was added to that group.  “Space Circus’ takes it down a bit and then gets funky. Laying down a great groove.  CB just was really digging Stanley and Lenny’s work together.  Bill rips another one of those hard solos I like.  ‘Game Maker’ ends the record with Chick and Bill trading licks with bass and drums giving solid support.   I could have listened to a lot more.

The was my intro into this band and it made me an instant fan.  This isn’t soft music. It cuts loose.  If you like the music of the bands I mentioned off the top and if you like music with lots of changes, good playing by all you’ll like ‘Return To Forever’ and this album.  CB really dug this record. It’s really good!

 

16 comments on “Album : Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy – Return To Forever featuring Chick Corea

  1. Vinyl Connection
    December 24, 2017

    Fabulous choice. Fantastic album. 😇

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  2. Aphoristical
    December 24, 2017

    I’m into all the other artists in the opening paragraph – guess I should check this one out too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 24, 2017

      RTF and the individual musicians play some really good music. I think this would be up your ally. Great band.

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    December 24, 2017

    Great band.
    Wish I’d seen them back then.

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  4. Jim S.
    December 28, 2017

    Thanks for the reminder. Listening to it now. Just so happens I just listened to Beck’s “Wired,” followup to “Blow By Blow.”

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 28, 2017

      We are on the same wave length. When I was listening to this album it reminded me so much of those two Beck albums.

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      • Jim S.
        December 28, 2017

        Just listened to RTF. Frankly as good as ‘Wired’ is, RTF killed it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 28, 2017

        Yeah I was thinking when I was listening to it that maybe that Jeff guy was also listening to it. Sounds like maybe he was influenced. What does the Doc think?

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      • Jim S.
        December 28, 2017

        I think he took his Beck style and yea, listened to all that stuff including Mahavishnu, Weather Report and Coryell. That stuff was in the air back in the ’70’s.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 28, 2017

        I remember that back in the day now. I still more than dip my toes in all that stuff.

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  5. J.
    December 28, 2017

    I don’t know much, but I do know that this is a helluva great album cover.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 28, 2017

      If the music doesn’t work it’s always a bonus when the cover does. I have some time so I’m going to a have a peek at your station today.

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  6. Jim S.
    December 28, 2017

    The beauty part of albums is that back in the day, you could put them to other uses while you were enjoying the music.

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  7. Jim S.
    December 28, 2017

    Album covers, that is.

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