Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Return To Forever - Romantic Warrior

This is one of those records I bought for a nickel 5 years ago knowing I'd at least sample it if not like it in a few years. Pretty much figured myself out in that respect. I remember exactly when I picked this up. How could you forget "Romantic Warrior - Return to Forever". Thought it looked like some good psych jazz music and I was right. Sometimes an album cover is all you need to see to KNOW the truth. I don't think I've bought a "house music" 12" in more than year now. Everytime I *do* play out at an oontz oontz night or whatever the promoter tells me that he loves my music but could i please keep it four on the floor, This used to happen 5 or 6 years ago when everyone was getting in line for the"deep house" special olympics(i.e. Naked Music, more like ez listening house-but don't hate) except I'd play a swayzak or daniel wang record and promoters would practice their synchronized bet wetting techniques. ANYWAYS, Return To Forever is a homogenized Boston cheeseball facebook promoter's worst nightmare. This is a Enough about me, it seems like I have a wild hair up my ass this week with all the blah blah blah.

So Romantic Warrior is pretty neat. I think neat is the word. Harkening from the dark ages of the early mid seventies, they put out 6 or 7 albums (maybe more) in those days and pushed the *I may or may not be too good of a musician for my own creative good* envelope. I love the phases in musical evolution when a group of VERY talented blokes sort of take a fall semi-accidentally into a career as an important but humorously questionable rung in the never ending ladder to musical enlghtment. iArtistically, it's so easy to get wrapped up in something new, thinking it to be uber-hip or the *next big thing* and wake up 12 years later wondering what exactly just happened. Although I was first in denial of Warrior's power over me, the second side of this record sealed the deal. I went from putting it on the turntable and hitting in Soundforge to maybe rip some samples to 14 minutes later huddling close in a semi-circle with my roommate in an awestruck trance. We definitely listened 4 times in row. I'll post side one later if anyone's deeply desirous of it. This is in WAV form. One continuous side. You will definitely love it.

Return To Forever - Romantic Warrior
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