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3.48 | 22 ratings | 5 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Beneath the Mask (3:33)
2. Little Things That Count (3:50)
3. One of Us Is over 40 (4:57)
4. A Wave Goodbye (4:46)
5. Lifescape (5:12)
6. Jammin E. Cricket (6:54)
7. Charged Particles (5:21)
8. Free Step (7:47)
9. 99 Flavors (3:56)
10. Illusions (9:45)

Total Time 56:01

Line-up / Musicians

- Chick Corea / keyboards, producer
- Frank Gambale / guitar
- Eric Marienthal / soprano saxophone
- John Patitucci / 5- & 6-string basses
- Dave Weckl / drums

- Bob Rice / synth programming

Releases information

Artwork: Barton Stabler

LP GRP ‎- GRP-9649-1 (1991, Switzerland)

CD GRP ‎- GRD-9649 (1991, US)

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CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND Beneath the Mask ratings distribution

(22 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(23%)
Good, but non-essential (45%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND Beneath the Mask reviews

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Review by Kazuhiro
3 stars This work is made in the history of ElektricBand at the time of the revolution. It always went forward by their sensibility and idea after they had announced First Album for the first time in 1986. In a word, they have taken the world that Jazz/Fusion and Chick create to the field. It was not a translation to announce the album that produced an album that sold simply and simple Jazz/Fusion.

John Patitucci of an important Bass player of the band imagined the world already besides this band and was groped time. When it often likes method that is vaguer than the plan, Chick can think the fan. The work of this ElektricBand is thought that the crack did not run between members. Music is high-quality music. However, it might be felt that the taste is a little thin for Prog Rock and the fan of this band. This band replaces the member after this work and is announcing the work. The band is replacing three members. However, Chick is not a translation that deserts the member who was on the register before. It is thought that the musician advanced respectively. Sax player's Eric Marienthal actually participates continuously in the C.C.E.B second generation. And, Bass player's John Patitucci participates in work "Time Warp" of Chick in the 90's.

The element of the indeed current work ..Music who digested.. has been splendidly finished at the time of the revolution this made album. This work is a work that listens easily very much which musician's power has come off though they are often taking an acoustic element in this band. Of course, the tune with which the tension overflows exists, too.

The control at time and the melody of the "Beneath The Mask" drum with which the dash feeling overflows are "Lifescape" of feelings that a creation preeminence "Little Things That Count" and Chick is exactly good fully loaded. 「Free Step」

This work is a work tried for the related musician to grope and to advance more personally.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Chick's return to electric fusion in 80-s wasn't a bad decision, but unhappily new ideas were enough just for a few albums. "Beneath The Mask " is last in line of Elektric Band's original line-up, and it's obviously this work is more great musicianship than good material.

Musicians participated on this recording all are well-known ,if not great ( personally I am quite sceptical about Eric Marienthal saxophone playing), but album is just a nice musicianship, hardly more. All compositions are unmemorable, and in too many moments guitar/sax sound is openly commercial. Chick's keyboards, being usually one of main perfect ingredient on any his album, there sounds more as just one instrument between others, and often can't save the situation.

Still not a bad album for soft fusion lovers, but far not the best Corea's album. Too soft and polished sometimes even openly cheese, sound somewhere at the end became just boring. Musicianship technique doesn't helps - album stays a bit faceless. Yes, Corea and Co. know how to play but obviously have nothing to say on this release.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This album is closer to fusion than "Inside out", plenty of great synth soloing. The band plays tight, no wonder since they have played together for a couple of years. There isn't anything revolutionary on the album, it's just a well executed piece of music with soft but also fast- paced pieces ... (read more)

Report this review (#2481311) | Posted by sgtpepper | Monday, November 30, 2020 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Of the six Elektric Band studio releases, this is still my favorite. Amazing playing, great songwriting and outstanding engineering make this an incredible fusion disc. This release is more of a band effort with Patitucci and Weckl collaborating on six of the ten songs. There is quite an assortme ... (read more)

Report this review (#2236454) | Posted by Grumpyprogfan | Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A very strong 80's fusion album by Chick en co. The album is very coherent and the solos are plenty. Great songwriting, great melodies and a wonderful production. Drummer Dave Weckl makes more use of analog/acoustic drums than before, wich makes the album sound less dated. The styles played on ... (read more)

Report this review (#949721) | Posted by Kingsnake | Friday, April 26, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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