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In 1973, the Mahavishnu Orchestra was the apotheosis of the new electric music that was so controversially labelled "fusion." The band had developed an extraordinary level of instrumental exchange in which each player flew through the dizzying patterns so aptly described by the title of their second album, BIRDS OF FIRE. This was a music of the moment; despite its complexity, it was a vital part of the popular music mainstream, influential yet inimitable. This "lost" album was shelved in favor of a live recording when the group members couldn't agree on the proper songwriting credits. All of the writing on the first two albums was credited to McLauglin, but here we have...
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Barnes & Noble - John Swenson
In 1973, the Mahavishnu Orchestra was the apotheosis of the new electric music that was so controversially labelled "fusion." The band had developed an extraordinary level of instrumental exchange in which each player flew through the dizzying patterns so aptly described by the title of their second album, BIRDS OF FIRE. This was a music of the moment; despite its complexity, it was a vital part of the popular music mainstream, influential yet inimitable. This "lost" album was shelved in favor of a live recording when the group members couldn't agree on the proper songwriting credits. All of the writing on the first two albums was credited to McLauglin, but here we have superb pieces from Laird "Steppings Tones", Hammer "Sister Andrea" and Goodman "I Wonder" in addition to McLaughlin's sweeping, orchestral "Dream" and the hard-edged improvisation "Trilogy." This is fusion at its best, daring and innovative, yet viscerally exciting as well.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Recorded in London on June 25, 1973, these sessions for a planned third Mahavishnu Orchestra album were shelved when the band decided to put out the live Between Nothingness and Eternity instead. Bootlegged in the past, two-track mixes of the missing album were discovered in the vaults in the late '90s, paving the way for its official release in 1999. It's thus the last of the three studio albums done by the original Mahavishnu lineup with Cobham on drums, Goodman on violin, Hammer on keyboards, and Laird on bass. Although McLaughlin had been the only composer on the first two Mahavishnu albums, he penned only three of the six tracks here, with Hammer writing two and Laird pitching in one. It's fiery, if perhaps over-busy at times, fusion, McLaughlin reaching his most feverish pitches in the frenetic concluding passage of the ten-minute "Trilogy." The numbers written by other members than McLaughlin tend to be a little more subdued, and perhaps unsurprisingly less inclined toward burning guitar solos.
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  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Sony
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mahavishnu Orchestra Primary Artist
Jerry Goodman Violin, Viola
Jan Hammer Synthesizer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Rick Laird Bass
John McLaughlin Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Billy Cobham Drums
Technical Credits
Jerry Goodman Composer
Jan Hammer Composer
Rick Laird Composer
John McLaughlin Composer
Ken Scott Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not what it seems.

    Just shortened versions of "Live-Between Nothingness and Eternity," with three new songs included. Get the origianl first. This is a collection filler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Artwork

    Some, including myself dont't understand why some "diehard" fans refuse this or any other Mahavishnu album besides "Birds of Fire" and "Inner Mounting Flame". The lost Trident sessions, while the word "lost" is misused, is just as good as the first two studio albums. True, it may not have as much of the classic Mclaughlin/Hammer/Goodman switchoffs, but after two studio albums and a live CD, perhaps the artists felt like less show and more emotion was the next step in the progression of songwriting. This Cd has its classic Mahavishnu jewels such as "Dream" and "Trilogy" but also has its softer, less characteristic pieces such as "Stepping Tones". As for "sloppiness", one must ask how much work was put into writing and playing these pieces. People want emotion, not a machine-like song, if people wanted complexity, they could buy a Dream Theater CD, and hear machines banging away at "instruments". Bottom line: Buy it. You won't be dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a great album to round out the trilogy

    Simply put,if you liked Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire then you're sure to like this one too.Although not as great as the first two Mahavishnu albums,this is still a great album that deserves to be in any self-respecting fusion fan's collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Selling Practice Tapes

    Getting past the ballyhoo over finding these ''lost tapes,'' the fact is that this is a disappointing disc. Sure, it has three new songs, and not only are they good, but two of three were written by someone other than McLaughlin. How could we long-time fans not want to own it? But this disc has obvious limits. McLaughlin's guitar playing is often sloppy (during Sister Andrea there is a blooper on McLaughlin's guitar that was not edited out); the mix is often poor; and the solos, especially the ''give-and-take'' work between McLaughlin and Hammer, are at times lackluster and wandering. Anyone looking for an exciting studio version of the McLaughlin-Cobham duet from ''Dream'' will have to settle for a mere studio cover with perfunctory drumming and overly fuzzed guitar. The liner notes are a nice touch. Their reference to differences of opinion in the group about whether the tapes were ready for release is appropriate; they were not. After all is said and done, this disc sounds like somone dusted off a copy of some practice tapes and packaged them for sale. There is none of the careful production which made Birds of Fire a complete experience, and there is little of the fire which made Inner Mounting Flame a classic despite rough production. I admit that I played this disc repeatedly after I stumbled on it at a music store-- until my copy of Between Nothingness and Eternity arrived.

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