Chick CoreaReturn To Forever

Label:ECM Records – ECM 1022 ST
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Fusion, Latin Jazz


A1Return To Forever12:06
A2Crystal Silence6:55
A3What Game Shall We Play Today4:26
BSometime Ago - La Fiesta23:18

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Recorded February 2 & 3, 1972 at A & R Studios, New York City.

Cat#: ECM 1022 ST on front cover (down right), back cover (top right), spine and center labels.

There exist copies with a second cat#: 2301 022 on a tiny sticker on front cover (top right) which appeared from 1976 with the introduction of the label code, which is printed on the back of the cover at the bottom left (LC 2516).
This cat# appears only there, nowhere else.

These were probably remaining copies from ECM selfdistribution with the cat# of the new distributor on sticker.

European Subpublisher: ECM Records
Joe Farrell courtesy of CTI Records
An ECM Production
℗1972 ECM Records GmbH
Printed in W.Germany

On labels:
Made in Germany

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Pressing Plant ID: ST-
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side A - variant 1): ST-ECM 1022-A¹
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side B - variant 1): ST-ECM 1022-B¹
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side A - variant 2): ST-ECM 1022-A¹
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side B - variant 2): ST-ECM 1022-B¹ D

Other Versions (5 of 102)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Return To Forever (LP, Album)PolydorMP 2273Japan1972
Return To Forever (LP, Album, Stereo)ECM RecordsECM 1022 STGermany1972
New Submission
Return To Forever (Cassette, Album, Stereo)Polydor25CJ0025Japan1972
New Submission
Return To Forever (Reel-To-Reel, 7 ½ ips, 4-Track Stereo, 7" Cine Reel, Album)PolydorXP 1040Japan1972
New Submission
Return To Forever (Cassette, )ECM Records, ECM RecordsECM 1022, 3101 022Germany1972



  • Donvinyl55's avatar
    the first album i ever bought by Chick was light as a feather back when it was released. one of the greatest fusion albums of all time. i somehow missed out on this one as it came out the year before biut it is every bit as good and in the same mould. Chick was one of the standout jazz musicians of the 20th century, one of the greats! RIP Chick, you gave us so much joy with your misic.
    • GertFroebe's avatar
      Edited 2 months ago
      I have the 1972 german pressing, ECM 1022 ST, (near mint) and there is no noise. Just got it and it was super dusty, then gave it a good cleaning. Sounds quiet and clear now.
      • Drummore's avatar
        Is every copy of this record noisy at crap beginning of both sides?? This is my third copy (Amazon, local and now Discogs). As my last effort, I purchased a copy here on Discogs, ECM-1-1022 that looks really clean, Near Mint (NM or M-), but again noisy as crap? It must be pressed into the vinyl. Too bad as this is a pivotal album in the history of Jazz-Fusion!! :(
        • coelacanthmf's avatar
          my copy of this, the 1972 west german release, has an obscene amount of noise. it's not "surface noise" sounds like static and the louder or more trebley (ie cymbals) it is the more noise there is. it gets completely quiet in the very quiet passages. my turntable's grounded and no other record has done this. anyone else?
          • Rockingmistergee's avatar
            I love this record but have a copy without the sleeve Anyone with a half-decent sleeve but poor quality disc please get in touch!
            • sarloc138's avatar
              My copy, I believe the U.S. 1975 ECM LP, sounds like crap, lots of noise, almost unplayable, but only in the mellow quite transition section from Sometime Ago to La Fiesta. Really strange. It looks great and sounds good everywhere else. I had it cleaned with spin clean and vaccum clean but still noisy. Maybe I'll have them run it again.
              • Record-Rack's avatar
                RIP Chick. Truly one of the great musicians and composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
                • creeksiderecords's avatar
                  This album really needs a 45 rpm 180 gram audiophile treatment
                  • Soulman49's avatar
                    The original West German ECM 1972 release...Full artist listing ..CHICK COREA -Electric Piano, JOE FARRELL -Flutes/Soprano Sax, FLORA PURIM-Vocals/Percussion, STAN CLARK-Elec' Bass/Double Bass, AIRTO MOREIRA -Drums/Percussion.
                    Recorded on February 2 and 3 ,1972 At A& R Studios New York City .
                    Produced by Manfred Eicher.



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