“One of the very first fusion records I ever bought. The drummer, Lenny White, could almost be put into the same category as Billy Cobham. He had a really powerful left hand here – a lot of grace notes going on.
“There’s a track called Overture that says it all. Return To Forever have other records, but nothing will top what they did here. Without knowing it the time I first heard it, it was kind of a precursor to neo-classical rock or neo-classical metal.
“The music was a game-changer. Al Di Meola is doing all of these fast arpeggios and monster riffs – the kind of things that really influenced players like Tony MacAlpine – and Lenny White was right there with him, affecting the changes, pushing the patterns. Very explosive musicianship that turned a lot of people around.”