Return To Forever - Romantic Warrior (Columbia - KC 34076)
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Romantic Warrior is the sixth studio album by the American jazz fusion band Return to Forever, released in 1976 by Columbia Records. After releasing their previous album, No Mystery (1975), their fourth for Polydor Records, the group moved to Columbia and retreated to Caribou Ranch near Nederland, Colorado to record their next album. It was also their first to be credited solely to Return to Forever, removing the "featuring Chick Corea" moniker. The album is more avant-garde and less funky than No Mystery, and remains the band's highest selling album with over 500,000 copies sold in the US.
In a retrospective review for AllMusic, William Ruhlmann praised Romantic Warrior as "the sound of a mature band at the top of its game, which may help explain why it was Return to Forever's most popular album, eventually certified as a gold record, and the last by this assemblage." Robert Christgau was less enthusiastic about the record, deeming it "jazz-rock's answer to Emerson, Lake & Palmer--the worst of both worlds". He called Corea's compositions faux classical and "pompous", while deriding his group's playing as "dazzlingly vacuous".