October 8, 2012 – 4:32 am

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Denver 1974 [TheTooleMan Presents, 1CD]

Live at Ebbets Field, Denver, CO; August 9, 1974. Very good to excellent Pre-FM soundboard.

Thanks to TheTooleMan, who shared these tracks on the net in 2005. TheTooleMan noted:

The original recording was in excellent condition, sounding like an original tape made at the radio station from the feed from the club. There is slight audible tape damage during the first minute or so of the the first track. The original tape ran about 83 minutes and included about three minutes of Chick blabbering and filling time while Stanley’s acoustic bass was miked. Parts of this and some other empty spaces been removed to fit the entire program on an 80-minute CD. No music has been lost. Audio levels and dynamics were adjusted and EQ were applied. Audio quality is top-notch.

Source: Pre-FM soundboard
Mastered by: TheTooleMan, June 2003.

Picture by Grant Gouldon, posted on the net - Thanks!

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Beyond the Seventh Galaxy (5.4MB)
Track 02. Vulcan Worlds (22.7MB)
Track 03. The Shadow of Lo (16.8MB)
Track 04. Chick’s Solo (13.2MB)
Track 05. Al’s Solo (10.5MB)
Track 06. Stanley’s Solo (12.3MB)
Track 07. Lenny’s Solo (13.7MB)
Track 08. Song to the Pharoah Kings (33.1MB)

Chick Corea - keyboards
Al DiMeola - guitar
Lenny White - drums
Stanley Clarke - bass

The group had to re-record their 1973 album, Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, as the first recording featured drummer Steve Gadd, who had then left the group. According to the wikipedia, the first recording was never released and has since disappeared and said to be lost. While the re-recorded Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy had guitarist Bill Connors but after touring for a while following the album’s release, Connors left the group for a solo career. He was replaced by Al Di Meola. Click here to order Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy.

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  1. 25 Responses to “RETURN TO FOREVER - DENVER 1974”

  2. Thanks for the R.T.F. They along with Mahavishnu Orchestra,Weather Report & Tony Williams Lifetime were the beginning of Fusion.Also throw in Billy Cobhams Spectrum album and some Jean Luc Ponty and you have Fusion at it’s best. Many thanks. This is great !!!!

    By Bill H. on Oct 8, 2012

  3. Thanks, BigO! I saw these guys at The Boston Music Hall in the early 80’s - The Duel Of The Jester & The Tyrant was mind blowing!

    By TDC on Oct 8, 2012

  4. bill - if u like ponty theres a great zappa from 74 ucla with him that is amazing. look for that. it has to be heard to be believed.

    By darth on Oct 8, 2012

  5. very tasty big-O! and bill, totally agree with darth on the fz ucla 74 w/ponty. monster stuff. the 72-74 zappa live stuff is probably my fav period of live frank.

    By Billy Jack on Oct 9, 2012

  6. Wonderfull, but can anyone post Hermeto Pascoal in Montreux 1979 or Jan Hammer Live in LA 1978 as well?

    By Sven on Oct 9, 2012

  7. great stuff. next should be calderone hall hempstead, ny

    By bill m on Oct 9, 2012

  8. Fabulous choice! Hope to hear more fusion from Big O! Thanks for posting…

    By BrianS on Oct 9, 2012

  9. This reminds me how boring the so called fusion stuff was. Only few bands/albums from that brief period in the seventies stand the test of time: Bitch’s Brew (Miles), The Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire (Mahavishnu), Grand Wazoo (Zappa), the first three albums by Weather Report, Cobham’s Spectrum, Lifetime with Jack Bruce & McLaughlin, the first two albums by BS&T, Colosseum and Chicago Transit Authority. The rest was mostly self indulgent stuff. (File under: Masturbation)

    By Tony Lauber on Oct 9, 2012

  10. no more boring than prog rock in all its puffery and grandiose nothing.

    By wurm on Oct 9, 2012

  11. I’d say this show is a mixed bag–worth downloading for the tracks with actual titles, while the lengthy unaccompanied solos are the very definition of boring 70’s musical self-indulgence.

    By YogaforCynics on Oct 9, 2012

  12. Yes wurm, I agree with you: Also most of prog rock was a pain in the ass. Exceptions from the rule: Yes albums one and three (The Yes Album) and some early albums by King Crimson.

    By Tony Lauber on Oct 10, 2012

  13. check out this list -

    By darth on Oct 10, 2012

  14. check out this list

    why ? the less said about this crud the better.

    By wurm on Oct 10, 2012

  15. For me, the one big exception for prog would be live King Crimson–while their studio albums have some good points, they’re overburdened with pretension (little neo-classical suites that are practically inaudible without headphones and a really good stereo, but boring, anyway). Live, however, they apparently realized that they had to drop the worst of that crap and rock–and Fripp is one hell of an inventive guitar player.

    By YogaforCynics on Oct 10, 2012

  16. Thank you, Tony Lauber, for telling me how boring this music is. In the comments section here we might be talking about the merit of this particular recording, but what is the point since talking about boring music is possibly even more boring than the music itself! You and wurm have selflessly added comments even though you hate the music. I can’t thank you enough. We have to do our bit to warn others! Otherwise they too will be sucked in by puffery and grandiosity. Instead of this crud, I should be busy seeking out real honest music which doesn’t even have a hint of pretension or self-indulgence.

    By zaarlocust on Oct 18, 2012

  17. Only boring, pretentious people use words like “boring” and “pretentious” to cover up failed attempts to perceive “grandiose” music. Eschew obfuscation!

    By RollingStoner on Oct 24, 2012

  18. what?

    By darth on Oct 24, 2012

  19. who?

    By barth on Oct 24, 2012

  20. This tour was in support of “Where Have I Known You Before”, the first LP featuring Al di Meola on guitar. There is a bootleg of the Bill Connors band at the Lenox Music Inn (recorded 9/2/73) that is a bit compressed but features the “Seventh Galaxy” material, which I have always felt is the best of Armando’s fusion recordings. PS: If you want a really ‘boring and pretentious’ RTF recording, check out “Romantic Warrior”. All the excess you will ever need!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Oct 25, 2012

  21. Thank you so much for this! Gosh, what a killer recording. Are the original tapes of this still around? I am interested in them.

    By Black Circle Radio DJ on Mar 13, 2015

  22. I don’t download or listen to music on computer. Is there a way I can get a CD copy of this? Thanks a lot!

    By Johnny Handsome on Feb 22, 2019

  23. Please can you reupload the links?

    Thank you,


    By Frank-Oliver Hellmann on Jul 26, 2020

  24. Frank-Oliver Hellmann - look here

    By jdallenx on Jul 26, 2020

  25. jdallenx, thank you very much for the link!!!

    By Frank-Oliver Hellmann on Jul 27, 2020

  26. The comment Tony Lauber made on Oct 9, 2012 (about so few important fusion band recordings…) inadvertentl, perhaps, highlights their power! All of the recordings he lists have had a tremendous effect on the musicians and audiences that carried their message and power into the future mutations of the music.

    I actually appreciate Tony’s comment very much! There is nothing wrong with using the word boring if that is what you feel.

    I might add a few more to his list … but the more interesting take-away is that in many genres of music there may be awkward, or somewhat barren, periods that in retrospect serve as extraordinary bridges - the evolutionary process - to future vistas.

    By Ben Makinen on Feb 24, 2021

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