Musicmagic

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Musicmagic
Musicmagic.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1977
GenreJazz-rock
Length41:51
LabelColumbia
ProducerReturn to Forever
Return to Forever chronology
Romantic Warrior
(1976)
Musicmagic
(1977)
Live
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars [1]

Musicmagic is the seventh and final studio album of fusion band Return to Forever.

This album contains the final line-up of the band, with only founders Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke returning from the previous album; this is the first album since Light as a Feather (1973) to contain vocals, featuring Stanley Clarke and Corea's wife Gayle Moran. This album also marks the return of original member Joe Farrell on saxophone and flute, along with several new members making up a five-piece horn section.

In addition to the conventional two channel stereo version the album was also released by Colombia in a four channel quadraphonic version in 1977 as one of the last quadraphonic albums released by the label. In 2016 the album was re-issued in stereo on hybrid Super Audio CD by Audio Fidelity, it was re-issued again on SACD by Dutton Vocalion in 2017 containing both the quadraphonic and stereo mixes.

With the addition of trombonist Ron Moss, this lineup toured and recorded the live album Live (1977) which was re-issued in 1978 as a 4-LP set called Return to Forever Live: The Complete Concert.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Musician" (Chick Corea) – 7:12
  2. "Hello Again" (Stanley Clarke) – 3:49
  3. "Musicmagic" (Corea, Gayle Moran) – 11:00
  4. "So Long Mickey Mouse" (Clarke) – 6:09
  5. "Do You Ever" (Moran) – 3:59
  6. "The Endless Night" (Corea, Moran) – 9:41

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1977 Billboard 200 38 [2]
1977 Billboard Jazz Albums 4 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elias, Jason. "Return to Forever - Musicmagic (1977) album review | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Return to Forever - Musicmagic (1977) | Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.

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