Chick Corea’s Friends? The Smurfs!

Chick Corea is a contemporary American jazz musician who, sadly, I had never heard of before yesterday. Although I am unfamiliar with his work, I am, however, familiar with the Smurfs, which is what caught my eye while digging around in the music bin of my local thrift store:

What surprised me about this album (er, 8-track) was that it was released in 1978, three years before The Smurfs cartoon series invaded the United States. What was a pretty obscure reference in 1978 (at least in the US) would become instantly recognizable characters just a few years later.

Later versions of the album cover were changed, possibly to avoid copyright issues.

(Comparison photo courtesy of