Return To Forever: Returns - Live at Montreux 2008
As well-filmed and mixed as the DVD is, it's the perfect companion to the Returns CD set, the two creating the ideal companion for anyone who was at one of Return to Forever's 2008 performances. For those who weren't, the two combine to provide an essential document of what they missed. The audio Returns may be a more complete show from start-to-finish, but Returns: Live at Montreux 2008 provides more of the "you are there" feeling, especially on the bonus tracks, which provide multi-angle views of the group. Return to Forever may never reconvene again (based on comments from Di Meola, it's highly unlikely), but the two-punch of Returns and Returns: Live at Montreux 2008 provide the live document of this group that was never made back in the day.
Tracks and Personnel
Personnel: Chick Corea: Yamaha Grand Piano Model C3MP, Yamaha Motif XS 8, Rhodes Midi Piano Mark V, Moog Voyager, Prophet 5; Stanley Clarke: acoustic and electric bass; Al Di Meola: acoustic and electric guitar; Lenny White: drums.
Tracks: Introduction; Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy; Vulcan Worlds; Sorceress; Song to the Pharoah Kings; Al's Solo; No Mystery. Chick's Solo; The Romantic Warrior; El Bayo de Negro (Stanley's Solo); Lineage (Lenny's Solo); The Romantic Warrior (continued).
DVD Feature: Running Time: 149 minutes (approx). Bonus Features: Tracks from U.S. Tour: Lineage (Lenny's Solo); Al's Solo; Friendship (Chick's Solo); El Bayo de Negro (Stanley's Solo); Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant.
Stills taken from Return to Forever, Returns: Live at Montreux 2008, courtesy of Eagle Eye Media.