Chick Corea Elektric Band: Chick Corea (piano, synthesizer); Eric Marienthal (saxophone); Frank Gambale (guitar); John Patitucci (bass); Dave Weckl (drums).
Additional personnel: John Novello (synthesizer).
Recorded at Mad Hatter Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by Chick Corea.
Personnel: Chick Corea (piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Frank Gambale (guitar); Eric Marienthal (saxophone); John Novello (synthesizer); Dave Weckl (drums).
Audio Mixers: Chick Corea; Bernie Kirsh.
Liner Note Author: Chick Corea.
Recording information: Mad Hatter Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Arranger: Chick Corea.
After a highly impressive debut album and a stylistically simpler sophomore release, the Chick Corea Elektric Band proceeded to produce an album that was musically more advanced than anything they had accomplished before. The result, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, is arguably the best record the band produced in their seven-year existence. With saxophonist Eric Marienthal and guitarist Frank Gambale on board to enhance the core trio of Corea, Dave Weckl (drums) and John Patitucci (bass), EYE is the perfect balance of the group's stunning technical chops, musical artistry and technological wizardry.
The most obvious difference on this record is the incorporation of more natural, acoustic sounds into the "electric" format. Corea's use of acoustic piano (enhanced by synthesizers), Weckl's natural drum and percussion sounds, Marienthal's sax and even Gambale's use of some acoustic guitar lend a much warmer vibe to EYE than previous efforts. What's more, many compositions, including "Home Universe," "Eternal Child," "Beauty" and "Ezinda" have a very chamber-ensemble feel with many varied textures and dynamics. Finally, the title track is a spectacular Spanish-flavored barnburner in the style of Corea's "Spain" that showcases each member's strengths to the fullest.