Firstly, let me clarify that this is a million times better than most of the pap in the charts, but to me this album represents an important historical document in the development of fusion and Chick Corea's career. Compared to Romantic Warrior, considered the peak of RTF's career, there is a marked difference in style. The high gloss mixture of Corea's synthesizers, DiMeola's ultra fast licks and Clarke's Alembic basses has not appeared and instead Bill Connors's more sparse but highly tasteful guitar work, Corea's jazz-rock selection of Hammond and Rhodes and Clarke's Gibson EB-3 bass (horribly fuzzed up for some solos) contrast with the one consistent feature of both classic albums, Lenny White's busy but effective drumming style. The compositions are more jazz than fusion, with Corea adapting his latin standard 'Senor Mouse' for this more 'rock' arrangement and 'Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy' stands as the only track which anticipates the fusion feel of 'Romantic Warrior'. So, if you're looking for a post-miles and mahavishnu electric jazz album, this comes reccomended.