I totally agree with Mr. Phillips above. The instrumental tracks are well-performed and hint at better things to come, whereas most of the tracks with vocals are anywhere from mildly disappointing (when compared with those on "Jade Warrior" or "Last Autumn's Dream") to downright embarrassing, such as on the cheesily-titled "Discotecnique," "Have You Ever," and others. It's hard to believe that Glyn Havard, the vocalist/bassist/lyricist on this album is the same person who penned the gorgeous, picturesque words on "A Winter's Tale," "May Queen" and "Lady of the Lake." Obviously, I regard "Fifth Element" as a very expensive purchase considering it's only half good; however, since I've become a hopeless fan of Jade Warrior, I'm keeping my copy. After listening to this, though, I can appreciate why Vertigo didn't renew their contract and why their future record company Island Records insisted that they lose the vocalist. The real reason was that Island wanted to have an instrumental artist on their rosters that could compete with Virgin records' Mike Oldfield. (Musically, Jade Warrior are head and shoulders above Mike.) Perhaps it's one of the bigger anomalies in the annals of music business decisions, but as a result of a record company's "suggestion," an artist's music took a quantum leap forward. Go figure!
Though "Eclipse," the other album from these same 1973 sessions, also suffers from the same uneveness, it actually has a much better ratio of good vs. mediocre/bad material. And like like the above reviewer suggested, someone should release "Reflections," which would constitute a better value for money spent.