1. Imp's Welcome
2. Lenore ****
4. Looking At The World
5. Nite Sprite Listen
6. Soft And Gentle
7. Pixiland Rag
8. Leprechaun's Dream
9. Bonus Track
Reviews from amazon:
Reviewer: Michael clarke "Originality" (USA)
I purchased this album after seeing Chick's performance at the Blue Note this past year with his "Leprechaun Band". Most of his covers were from this album and the "Friends" album. To see chick do these songs made me understand this album much more. But you really have to sit and listen because you can easily miss some key detailing of this disk. And also to mention Gayle is amazing on this disk, Granted she is not the most amazing singer but her voice compliments these tunes with a pin point acuracy. Please puchase you will see and understand what I am saying.
Reviewer: Dom Frigo "Stupid butt head" (Oak Park, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This album was terrible. It was as if Chick was talking to his wife and said, "Hey baby, why don't you sing on my album?" and she was all like, "Ok, but I really don't know how to sing." Don't buy this album. As a beginning Chick fan, I thought that all Chick Corea albums were good. I was dead wrong. After listening to this album, I was downright embarrassed for Chick, because I knew that he would look back on that album years into the future and just frown. Do yourself a favor and buy something better like Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, or even the disco album, Where Have I Known You Before? Spare yourself the humility
Reviewer: Chris Covais - See all my reviews
I'm a big fan of Chick Corea's fusion days. I love most of his Elektric Band stuff, and most stuff he put out between 1974-1992.
This album has great players on it; Steve Gadd on drums and Eddie Gomez on bass. I love both of them. And they were Chick Corea regulars around this time.
This album has some great tunes, like Lenore. One of the greatest Corea tunes I ever heard. But then, there are some boring tracks without drums, or Chick is using a vocalist.
Now I'm not a vocals fan, so mainly when a jazz musician uses vocals for a recording or two, I look in the other direction, but this album has enough good material to over-shadow the bad stuff. Still worthy of getting; make your own opinion about it.
Reviewer: Phil Boucher "kz1000ps" (Albany, NY USA) - See all my reviews
Yeah yeah it's from 1975 and those analog synths sound dated, but if you really wanna hear musicians play in stunning form then you will grow to appreciate, even like the quirks on here. Yeah yeah there's a few tracks that could be called throwaways, but they help to give the album a completeness of character, aka the title. Deal with it, you'll hear incredible songs AND incredible singing (listen to Gayle's crystalline voice at the end of "Lenore").
For the drummers out there, I discovered this album 2 1/2 years ago and it has become a chapter in my drum bible, God being Gadd. He's known as the best drummer with us today for a reason (but I like him better than Buddy or Gene..) and this album demonstrates as clearly as possible. However, once you're converted, you'll soon learn that absolutely ANYTHING with Steve Gadd on it shows him at his best-- just as musical as demonstrated here, because he is the best. So once you've cried over this album, go find anything with this guy on it. You form the impossible impression that this guy is literally perfect.
Back to reality, "Lenore", "Nite Sprite", and "Leprechaun's Dream Part 2" are the highlights and can be listened to thousands of times and you'll still be noticing interplay between just SOMETHING that you didn't notice before. I'll go against the grain of the drum community on this one, but I think "Dream Pt2" is the best Gadd work on here, and also (probably by no coincidence) the best song, but that's just my opinion.
Oh yeah, Chick, Eddie, Anthony and the horn and string sections were all inspiring too.
Reviewer: Andre' S Grindle "Funk Meister" (Bangor,ME.)
Chick Corea was going through a bizzare,Scientology-induced musical madness at this point.Aside from the frantic funk-fusion of "Nite Sprite" the gimmicky syntheisizers used
in playing them other songs fall embarrasingly flat.Okay stuff for Corea to do with acoustic intruments but he has a far too mechanical way with electric keyboards and doesn't tend top convay the genuine feeling,warmth or color this material deserves or that he's noted for with them.He similarly hampered
the musical progress of Return To Forever (see reviews) so we
have Chick Corea-brilliant jazz pianist-below average electric
keyboard interpretor.I do however welcome any opinion that differs because that is the problem with first impressions-you
only get to make one.
Reviewer: Riley (Hatfield, MA United States)
This is quite possibly the best lineup chick ever worked with during his fusion experimentation. Every musician in the group has something unique to say, and the phenomenal compositions of Corea stand unmatched in the realms of imagination and awareness of the many musical elements. Steve Gadd has a language of his own, and speaks it through this music. He has very unique interpretations and can see right through conformity to true pulse, and also create amazing grooves felt on a higher level than most. While I respect everything Chick did under different lights, I think this was his "best of the 70's" (to be blunt). A must have for fusion listeners.