Romantic Warrior

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Medieval Overture 5:14 30,222
2 Sorceress 7:34 30,794
3 The Romantic Warrior 10:52 24,303
4 Majestic Dance 5:00 24,991
5 The Magician 5:29 23,075
6 Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant (Part I & Part II 11:26 6
6 Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant (Parts I & II) 11:27 1,839

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Return to Forever - Romantic Warrior

The most popular and successful lineup of Return to Forever — Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and Al Di Meola — was coming off the Grammy-winning No Mystery when it recorded its third and final album, Romantic Warrior. It has been suggested that in employing a medieval album cover (drawn by Wilson McLean), using titles like Medieval Overture and Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant, and occasionally playing in a baroque style, particularly in Clarke’s “The Magician, Corea was responding to Rick Wakeman’s successful string of albums on similar themes. Certainly, the music suggests that the musicians have been listening to Wakeman’s band, Yes, among other progressive rock groups. But they bring more of a traditional jazz approach to their sound, particularly in the opening statement of intent Medieval Overture and the original side one closer, The Romantic Warrior, both of which feature extensive acoustic piano soloing by Corea. The original side two — Di Meola’s Majestic Dance, The Magician, and Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant — is much more in a style, with Di Meola particularly rocking out on extensive, fast-paced electric guitar solos. Meanwhile, the rhythm section of Clarke and White is always extremely busy, maintaining a funky, driving pulse and several cross rhythms no matter what’s going on above it. This is particularly noticeable, naturally, on White’s sole composition, Sorceress, but it continues to keep the music in the fusion camp even when Corea is sounding like a more pianist.

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  • onthunderoad

    Loved this album for 5 years.. never fades away a bit

    24 Feb 5:31am Reply
  • hydemascarada

    So glad I met this album. Has so many tastes. What a ride!

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Amazing, got it on vinyl a couple days ago for 7 bucks. Can't stop spinning it!

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • heedstoone

    waiting for this record to arrive through the post, never heard it or anything off it but read a fuck of alot about it. Cannae fookin' wait to spin RW!

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • person2456

    FUCK this is cool. I went into this album not really expecting anything. I've seen one live Chick Corea performance so I'm not entirely familiar with his style. I have to say I'm blown the fuck away. Nice shit

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    In my opinion this album is the highest peak of the RTF (I have all of their albums)

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    RW's best.

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
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    10 Sep 2010 Reply
  • emapia

    (Lupe Fiasco correctly decided to sample a part of it in "American terrorist". it turned out to be good)

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • emapia

    nothing else to say but .. wow.

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • handztalkin

    "Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant" is one of my FAVORITE songs EVER!!

    15 Nov 2009 Reply
  • lordlisle

    Exactly acker this great energy...... it is so relevant today ... I love it

    15 Nov 2009 Reply
  • acker_

    what a shame that the album was dedicated to L. Ron

    20 Apr 2009 Reply
  • voodoolounger

    incredible musicianship. Each one a virtuoso

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • SunnySong

    Outstanding!!! Romantic Warrior is a masterpiece! I think it is definitely the best of RF. All-time favorite! I will Return to this Forever :)

    18 Nov 2008 Reply
  • jdpileckas

    Haven't tired of this since I bought the LP, 1976. So good to see them in NYC, last show of reunion tour, past August 2008. Outstanding!! The boys did not miss a lick. Per Lenny, "this is not a boys band, this is a man's band".

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Andi0

    Simply great Album!

    7 Nov 2008 Reply
  • makefenderscry

    pretty good

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
  • dimaensionx

    Their best ever.

    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Nhorf

    the cover art rules

    25 May 2008 Reply
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