Light as a Feather

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Light as a Feather
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1973
Recorded8 October and 15 October 1972
StudioI.B.C. Sound Recording Studios, London, England
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerChick Corea
Return to Forever chronology
Return to Forever
Light as a Feather
Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
SputnikMusic5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings4/4 stars [4]

Light as a Feather is the second studio album by jazz fusion band Return to Forever led by pianist Chick Corea.


The style of the music remains mostly the same as the first album, though vocals were given a larger role. Corea produced the album for Polydor Records. Stanley Clarke played double bass, though for most of his career he has played bass guitar.

"Captain Marvel" is a fast Latin piece that provided the name for Stan Getz's album released in the same year. Airto Moreira plays percussion and Purim sings without words during the song's main riff.

The album ends with "Spain", which was inspired by, and whose introduction was taken from, Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez (1939).

Reception and legacy[edit]

Light as a Feather won the 1972 Playboy Jazz Album of the year and has been selected by many magazines and polls as one of the greatest jazz albums ever recorded. For many years this album has been listed on The Absolute Sound super disc list and the Stereophile list of "Records to Die For". It is also featured in Tom Moon's 1,000 Albums to Hear Before You Die.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Chick Corea except where noted.

1."You're Everything"Chick Corea, lyrics by Neville Potter5:11
2."Light as a Feather"Stanley Clarke, lyrics by Flora Purim10:57
3."Captain Marvel" 4:53
4."500 Miles High"Corea, lyrics by Potter9:07
5."Children's Song" 2:47
6."Spain"Corea, Joaquín Rodrigo9:51
Bonus disc (1998 Remaster 2CD)
1."Matrix" 8:10
2."Light as a Feather" (Alternative Take)Clarke, lyrics by Purim10:46
3."500 Miles High" (Alternative Take)Corea, lyrics by Potter10:32
4."Children's Song" (Alternative Take) 3:58
5."Spain" (Composite Alternative Take)Corea, Rodrigo5:33
6."Spain" (Alternative Take)Corea, Rodrigo9:02
7."What Games Shall We Play Today?"Corea, lyrics by Potter3:52
8."What Games Shall We Play Today?" (Alternative Take 1)Corea, lyrics by Potter4:06
9."What Games Shall We Play Today?" (Alternative Take 2)Corea, lyrics by Potter3:46
10."What Games Shall We Play Today?" (Alternative Take 3)Corea, lyrics by Potter3:49


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1973 Billboard Jazz Albums 6 [6]


  1. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Return to Forever Light as a Feather (1973) album review | AllMusic". Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  2. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (19 September 2012). "Return to Forever Light as a Feather (1973) album review | SputnikMusic". Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  3. ^ Swenson, John, ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide (1st ed.). New York: Rolling Stone. p. 50. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 304. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ Moon, Tom. "Light as a Feather | 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die". Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Return to Forever Light as a Feather (1973) | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 27 October 2013.

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