Return to Forever, ‘The Mothership Returns’ (Eagle)

By Phil Freeman || Chick Corea’s Return to Forever was one of the chops-happiest bands of 1970s fusion. Their complex, frequently multipart compositions offered less pure hard-rock fervor than the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and eschewed the sweet melodies of Weather Report. Instead, they layered Corea’s wild, baroque keyboard explorations and Al Di Meola’s stinging guitars over

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