Personnel: Chick Corea (vocals, piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, harpsichord, Clavinet, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, mini-Moog synthesizer, marimba, snare drum, percussion); Stanley Clarke (vocals, organ, synthesizer, acoustic bass, electric bass, hand bells, chimes); Al di Meola (guitar, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar, slide whistle, hand bells); Bill Connors (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Lenny White (marimba, drums, snare drum, congas, bongos, timbales, percussion, hand bells).
Audio Remixer: Mick Guzauski.
Liner Note Authors: Chick Corea; Al di Meola; Lenny White; Stanley Clarke ; Bob Belden.
Recording information: Caribou Ranch, CO (08/1973-02/1976); The Record Plant, New York, NY (08/1973-02/1976).
Photographer: Lynn Goldsmith.
Chick Corea's Return To Forever was one of the seminal fusion bands of the 1970s. A veteran of Miles Davis's band as well as several Latin and hard bop outfits, Corea brought all these elements to the new band, along with a sweet, optimistic lyricism. This set covers the years 1973-76 when RTF featured Corea on various keyboards, the rippling torrid bass of Stanley Clarke, the big-beat funkiness of drummer Lenny White, and a few different guitarists, of whom THE ANTHOLOGY features the dense textures of Bill Connor as well as the flamenco-inspired Al Di Meola. Whether playing a concise five-minute tune or a 15-minute suite, this combo achieved a rare balance of sophistication and immediacy, deep grooves and engrossing, outer/inner-space improvisation.