Visions of the Emerald Beyond

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
As the second album to document the second Mahavishnu Orchestra, this one isn't as, well, apocalyptic as its predecessor, yet it does focus more intently on the band itself. Jean-Luc Ponty's curling electric violin lines help give this Mahavishnu band a more European sound than its predecessor, and some of the orchestral concepts of Apocalypse work their way into the picture via comments by a string trio and trumpet/sax duo. This band also had some interest in a bombastic funk direction that may have been borrowed from Mr. "Chameleon" Herbie Hancock, and would later be followed by Mahavishnu Two's drummer, Michael Walden. Gayle Moran's ethereal vocals don't date as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
As the second album to document the second Mahavishnu Orchestra, this one isn't as, well, apocalyptic as its predecessor, yet it does focus more intently on the band itself. Jean-Luc Ponty's curling electric violin lines help give this Mahavishnu band a more European sound than its predecessor, and some of the orchestral concepts of Apocalypse work their way into the picture via comments by a string trio and trumpet/sax duo. This band also had some interest in a bombastic funk direction that may have been borrowed from Mr. "Chameleon" Herbie Hancock, and would later be followed by Mahavishnu Two's drummer, Michael Walden. Gayle Moran's ethereal vocals don't date as badly as those on many jazz-rock records; at least she can sing. Overall, this Mahavishnu edition is more refined and not as aggressive as the first -- although they could charge ahead pretty hard, as "Be Happy" and "On the Way Home to Earth" demonstrate -- yet they were still capable of making memorable electric music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972397023
  • Catalog Number: 723970
  • Sales rank: 4,810

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eternity's Breath, Pt. 1 (3:10)
  2. 2 Eternity's Breath, Pt. 2 (4:48)
  3. 3 Lila's Dance (5:34)
  4. 4 Can't Stand Your Funk (2:09)
  5. 5 Pastoral (3:41)
  6. 6 Faith (3:58)
  7. 7 Cosmic Strut (3:28)
  8. 8 If I Could See (1:18)
  9. 9 Be Happy (3:31)
  10. 10 Earth Ship (3:42)
  11. 11 Pegasus (1:48)
  12. 12 Opus 1 (0:15)
  13. 13 On the Way Home to Earth (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mahavishnu Orchestra Primary Artist, Track Performer
Steve Kindler Violin, Vocals
John McLaughlin Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Jean-Luc Ponty Violin, Vocals, Electric Violin, Electric Violin, Baritone Violin
Ralph Armstrong Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Double Bass, Contrabass (Vocal)
Phillip Hirschi Cello
Bob Knapp Flute, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals, Wind
Narada Michael Walden Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Clavinet
Gayle Moran Keyboards, Vocals
Carol Shire Vocals
Carol Shive Violin, Vocals
Russell Tubbs Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Technical Credits
Steve Kindler Arranger, Contributor
John McLaughlin Producer
Ken Scott Producer, Engineer
Michael Berniker Producer
Howard Mandel Liner Notes
Gregory Digiovine Equipment Technician
Ashok Chris Poisson Illustrations, Cover Design
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