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Playlist of The Mahavishnu Orchestra

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Meeting Of The Spirits/You Know You Know

    10:34

    Meeting Of The Spirits/You Know You Know - The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live at the BBC 1972

    John McLaughlin - guitar
    Jan Hammer - keyboards
    Jerry Goodman - violin
    Rick Laird - bass
    Billy Cobham - drums

    A special thanks to the BBC for graciously allowing this video to exist here.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra 8-23-1972

    1:21:21

    Mahavishnu Orchestra
    August 23rd, 1972
    Chateauvallon, France @ Amphitheatre - Festival de Chateauvallon

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live on BBC TV - Paris Theatre - 1972

    29:57

    BBC Colour - Recorded at The Paris Theatre, London - August 25, 1972

    John McLaughlin: Guitar
    Jan Hammer: Keyboards
    Jerry Goodman: Violin
    Rick Laird: Bass
    Billy Cobham: Drums

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Meeting Of The Spirits/You Know You Know

    14:01

    Meeting Of The Spirits/You Know You Know - The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live in Germany 1972

    John McLaughlin - guitar
    Jan Hammer - keyboards
    Jerry Goodman - violin
    Rick Laird - bass
    Billy Cobham - drums

    A special thanks to 3sat for graciously allowing this video to exist here.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire

    39:56

    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire
    Columbia Records KC 31996
    Released March 29, 1973

    1. Birds of Fire 0:06
    2. Miles Beyond (Miles Davis) 5:48
    3. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters 10:21
    4. Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love 13:16
    5. Thousand Island Park 13:37
    6. Hope 16:57

    7. One Word 18:56
    8. Sanctuary 28:43
    9. Open Country Joy 33:45
    10. Resolution 37:38


    The second and last studio album by Mahavishnu with the original lineup.

    This isn't my kind of music, generally, but McLaughlin for me is the second greatest guitarist ever . . . not for his technical virtuosity alone, which is insane, but for the spirituality he plays with. Add to that the fact that the rest of band are also excellent musicians, and alone, more or less, among these kinds of groups, McLaughlin didn't lean on the jazz aspects to the point of forgetting to rock sometimes (even if it was in 11/8 time, or whatever. :) )

    For me the standouts here are the title song, Celestial Terrestrial Commuters, and Open Country Joy, but there's so much here to appreciate and enjoy. Please do.

    The visuals are from the NatGeo documentary, Wild Thailand. Sometimes it feels like the music really goes with the video, but that effect is purely serendipitous -- no conscious editing was done.

    Made with the usual suspects:
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    Corel VideoStudio X9 Ultimate
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    Birds of Fire - Mahavishnu Orchestra

    5:52

    Second music video thingy that I've done here. Excellent song by the jazz fusion masters that I've been obsessed with recently.

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live in Munich 1972

    45:37

    #FreePalestine!

    Musicians:
    John McLaughlin
    Jan Hammer
    Billy Cobham
    Jerry Goodman
    Rick Laird

    Tracks:
    01 - Gunter Hampel Time is Now - Essen 1968 - 00:00
    02 - Meeting of the Spirits - 00:32
    03 - You Know You Know - 07:10
    04 - The Dance of Maya - 16:24
    05 - One Word (end part) - 30:27
    06 - Resolution - 36:54
    07 - A Lotus on Irish Streams - 37:18
    08 - TV interview with Monika Meynert - 42:50

    Artist Biography by Scott Yanow
    One of the premiere fusion groups, the Mahavishnu Orchestra were considered by most observers during their prime to be a rock band, but their sophisticated improvisations actually put their high-powered music between rock and jazz. Founder and leader John McLaughlin had recently played with Miles Davis and Tony Williams' Lifetime. The original lineup of the group was McLaughlin on electric guitar, violinist Jerry Goodman, keyboardist Jan Hammer, electric bassist Rick Laird, and drummer Billy Cobham. They recorded three intense albums for Columbia during 1971-1973 and then the personnel changed completely for the second version of the group. In 1974, the band consisted of violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, Gayle Moran on keyboards and vocals, electric bassist Ralphe Armstrong, and drummer Narada Michael Walden; by 1975 Stu Goldberg had replaced Moran and Ponty had left. John McLaughlin's dual interests in Eastern religion and playing acoustic guitar resulted in the band breaking up in 1975. Surprisingly, an attempt to revive the Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1984 (using Cobham, saxophonist Bill Evans, keyboardist Mitchell Forman, electric bassist Jonas Hellborg, and percussionist Danny Gottlieb) was unsuccessful; one Warner Bros. album resulted. However, when one thinks of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it is of the original lineup, which was very influential throughout the 1970s.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Noonward Race

    10:18

    Noonward Race - The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live at the BBC 1972

    John McLaughlin - guitar
    Jan Hammer - keyboards
    Jerry Goodman - violin
    Rick Laird - bass
    Billy Cobham - drums

    A special thanks to the BBC for graciously allowing this video to exist here.

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra: I Wonder

    3:08

    The Mahavishnu Orchestra: I Wonder

    From the album:

    Lost Trident Sessions

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    Billy Cobham: Mahavishnu Orchestra: Awakening

    14:57

    Billy Cobham: Mahavishnu Orchestra - John McLaughlin - Rick Laird - Jan Hammer Jerry Goodman: Meeting Of The Spirits
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    The Most Intense Music Ever Created! The Mahavishnu Orchestra - 1972

    14:26

    There has never been, and probably never will be, another band like the original Mahavishu Orchestra. This concert excerpt, from 1972, demonstrates the intensity of the music they created, a fusion of Jazz, Rock and Indian Music, featuring John McLaughlin on guitar, Jerry Goodman on violin, Jan Hammer on keyboards, Rick Laird on bass and the driving, propulsive, Billy Cobham.

    Mahavishnu Orchestra, featuring John McLaughlin, guitar, Jerry Goodman, violin, Jan Hammer, piano, Rick Laird, bass and Billy Cobham, drums.

    Wikipedia:

    The band's first lineup featured English guitarist Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, Panamanian drummer Billy Cobham, Irish bassist Rick Laird, Czechoslovakian keyboardist Jan Hammer, and American violinist Jerry Goodman. McLaughlin had worked with Cobham and Goodman on his third solo album My Goal's Beyond (1971), and asked Cobham to become the drummer in his new jazz-rock fusion band he wished to form, which he accepted. The violin was an instrument that had interested McLaughlin since childhood, and could not have Jean-Luc Ponty, his first choice, due to immigration problems. After listening to various albums with a violinist, he hired Goodman of The Flock. Although bassist Tony Levin was the first person McLaughlin wanted to join the band, Laird had known McLaughlin for several years and accepted the invitation. Hammer was found through the mutual friendship with Miroslav Vitous of Weather Report.
    The group first met in July 1971, and rehearsed for one week. Their first live performance followed at The Gaslight Cafe in New York City, where they were the opening act for bluesman John Lee Hooker. McLaughlin recalled: The first set was shaky but the second set just took off and every night it was great. They wanted to hold us over and a few days after the second week ... , we went into the studio.
    McLaughlin had particular ideas for the instrumentation of the group, in keeping with his highly original concept of genre-blending in composition. He particularly wanted a violinist as an integral contributor to its overall sound. As the group evolved, McLaughlin adopted what became his visual trademark — a double neck guitar (six-string and twelve-string) which allowed for a great degree of diversity in musical textures—and Hammer became one of the first to play a Minimoog synthesizer in an ensemble, which enabled him to add more sounds and solo more freely, alongside the guitar and the violin.
    Their musical style was an original blend of genres: they combined the high-volume electrified rock sound that had been pioneered by Jimi Hendrix (with whom McLaughlin had jammed on his initial arrival in New York as part of the Tony Williams Lifetime), complex rhythms in unusual time signatures that reflected McLaughlin's interest in Indian classical music as well as funk, and harmonic influence from European classical music. The group's early music, represented on such albums as The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) and Birds of Fire (1973), was entirely instrumental; their later albums had songs which sometimes featured R&B or even gospel/hymn-styled vocals. In the aforementioned two albums, the group goes from an energetic fusion of upbeat genres (a representative example of which is the song Vital Transformation) to very serene, chamber music-like tunes, such as A Lotus On Irish Streams, a composition for acoustic guitar, piano and violin, and Thousand Island Park, which drops the violin and incorporates double bass; or from low-key to extremely busy in a single piece, such as Open Country Joy.
    Due to the pressures of sudden fame, exhaustion and a lack of communication, the original band began to tire as 1973 continued. The stress was further exacerbated by a disastrous recording session (from a personal relationship standpoint) at London's Trident Studios that found some of the players not speaking to others. Their project was never fully completed. The last straw came as John McLaughlin read an interview in Crawdaddy magazine in which Jan Hammer and Jerry Goodman expressed their frustrations with John's leadership style.[6] An effort to fix things back in New York fell through. Later on in the 1970s, McLaughlin stated in an interview in Gig magazine that he would like the album to come out, as he thought it was good. In its place, the live album Between Nothingness & Eternity was released featuring material from the studio album. Almost 30 years later, during the beginning of a renaissance of Mahavishnu's music, the incomplete album from the failed London recording was released as The Lost Trident Sessions.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - You Know You Know

    5:10

    Review All Music Guide: This is the album that made John McLaughlin a semi-household name, a furious, high-energy, yet rigorously conceived meeting of virtuosos that, for all intents and purposes, defined the fusion of jazz and rock a year after Miles Davis' Bitches Brew breakthrough. It also inadvertently led to the derogatory connotation of the word fusion, for it paved the way for an army of imitators, many of whose excesses and commercial panderings devalued the entire movement. Though much was made of the influence of jazz-influenced improvisation in the Mahavishnu band, it is the rock element that predominates, stemming directly from the electronic innovations of Jimi Hendrix. The improvisations, particularly McLaughlin's post-Hendrix machine-gun assaults on double-necked electric guitar and Jerry Goodman's flights on electric violin, owe more to the freakouts that had been circulating in progressive rock circles than to jazz, based as they often are on ostinatos on one chord. These still sound genuinely thrilling today on CD, as McLaughlin and Goodman battle Jan Hammer's keyboards, Rick Laird's bass, and especially Billy Cobham's hard-charging drums, whose jazz-trained technique pushed the envelope for all rock drummers. What doesn't date so well are the composed medium- and high-velocity unison passages that are played in such tight lockstep that they can't breathe. There is also time out for quieter, reflective numbers that are drenched in studied spirituality (A Lotus on Irish Streams) or irony (You Know You Know); McLaughlin was to do better in that department with less-driven colleagues elsewhere in his career. Aimed with absolute precision at young rock fans, this record was wildly popular in its day, and it may have been the cause of more blown-out home amplifiers than any other record this side of Deep Purple.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness & Eternity

    41:49

    Line-up:

    John McLaughlin - guitar;
    Jan Hammer - keyboards;
    Billy Cobham - drums;
    Rick Laird - bass;
    Jerry Goodman - violin

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Meeting Of The Spirits

    6:54

    meeting of the spirits by Mahavishnu Orchestra, first track of their 1971 full length The Inner Mounting Flame. Features an amazing guitar solo by John McLaughlin.

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Syracuse 1972

    57:08

    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Syracuse 1972

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    Eternitys Breath, Pt. 1

    3:11

    Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment

    Eternity's Breath, Pt. 1 · Mahavishnu Orchestra

    Visions of the Emerald Beyond

    ℗ 1975 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

    Producer, Recording Engineer: Ken Scott
    Guitar, Vocal, Composer, Lyricist, Producer: Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
    Drums, Percussion, Vocal: Michael Walden
    Vocal: Ralph Armstong
    Re-mastering Engineer: Larry Keyes
    Keyboards, Vocal: Gayle Moran
    Violin, Vocal: Carol Shive
    Fluegelhorn, Flute, Trumpet, Vocal: Bob Knapp
    Bass Guitar, Contrabassoon: Ralph Armstrong
    Violin: Jean-Luc Ponty
    Violin: Steven Kindler
    Cello: Phillip Hirschi
    Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone: Russel Tubbs

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Dance of Maya

    7:17

    Credits
    Bass -- Rick Laird
    Design [Album] -- Ron Coro
    Drums -- Billy Cobham
    Engineer -- Don Puluse
    Guitar, Composed By -- John McLaughlin
    Photography By -- Anthony Hixon
    Piano -- Jan Hammer
    Producer -- John McLaughlin
    Violin -- Jerry Goodman

    Review All Music Guide: This is the album that made John McLaughlin a semi-household name, a furious, high-energy, yet rigorously conceived meeting of virtuosos that, for all intents and purposes, defined the fusion of jazz and rock a year after Miles Davis' Bitches Brew breakthrough. It also inadvertently led to the derogatory connotation of the word fusion, for it paved the way for an army of imitators, many of whose excesses and commercial panderings devalued the entire movement. Though much was made of the influence of jazz-influenced improvisation in the Mahavishnu band, it is the rock element that predominates, stemming directly from the electronic innovations of Jimi Hendrix. The improvisations, particularly McLaughlin's post-Hendrix machine-gun assaults on double-necked electric guitar and Jerry Goodman's flights on electric violin, owe more to the freakouts that had been circulating in progressive rock circles than to jazz, based as they often are on ostinatos on one chord. These still sound genuinely thrilling today on CD, as McLaughlin and Goodman battle Jan Hammer's keyboards, Rick Laird's bass, and especially Billy Cobham's hard-charging drums, whose jazz-trained technique pushed the envelope for all rock drummers. What doesn't date so well are the composed medium- and high-velocity unison passages that are played in such tight lockstep that they can't breathe. There is also time out for quieter, reflective numbers that are drenched in studied spirituality (A Lotus on Irish Streams) or irony (You Know You Know); McLaughlin was to do better in that department with less-driven colleagues elsewhere in his career. Aimed with absolute precision at young rock fans, this record was wildly popular in its day, and it may have been the cause of more blown-out home amplifiers than any other record this side of Deep Purple.

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Dawn

    5:16

    Album: The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
    02 - Dawn

    Musicians:
    John McLaughlin: guitar
    Rick Laird: bass
    Billy Cobham: drums, percussion
    Jan Hammer: keyboards, organ
    Jerry Goodman: violin

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra: you know you know

    9:11

    Billy Cobham is hitting those skins as if his very life depended on it.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live in Seattle

    19:40

    Excerpts from the Mahavishnu Orchestra's live performance at the Paramount Northwest Theatre in Seattle, Washington, on March 26, 1973. This performance was aired on a Public Televsion program known as Tele-Rock.

    This concert was recovered by Ted McCallion. Without his research and diligence this performance would never have seen the light of day all these years later.

    Track Listing:

    1. Dawn
    2. One Word
    3. Open Country Joy
    4. Vital Transformation


    The Mahavishnu Orchestra is:

    John McLaughlin - Guitar
    Jan Hammer - Keyboards
    Jerry Goodman - Violin
    Rick Laird - Bass
    Billy Cobham -- Drums


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    John Mclaughlin mahavishnu Orchestra 1974

    9:40

    The year 1974 recored @ Montreux Jazz Buy the DVD @

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Vital Transformation

    6:17

    Album: The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
    05 - Vital Transformation

    Musicians:
    John McLaughlin: guitar
    Rick Laird: bass
    Billy Cobham: drums, percussion
    Jan Hammer: keyboards, organ
    Jerry Goodman: violin

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Hope/One Word

    10:08

    Hope/One Word - The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live at Bananafish Gardens, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1973

    John McLaughlin - guitar
    Jan Hammer - keyboards
    Jerry Goodman - violin
    Rick Laird - bass
    Billy Cobham - drums

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - You Know, You Know

    5:08

    Album: The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
    07 - You Know, You Know

    Musicians:
    John McLaughlin: guitar
    Rick Laird: bass
    Billy Cobham: drums, percussion
    Jan Hammer: keyboards, organ
    Jerry Goodman: violin

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    Birds of Fire - Mahavishnu Orchestra 1973|Jazz Fusion, Progressive Rock

    40:49

    Artist: Mahavishnu Orchestra
    Album: Birds of Fire
    Type: Full-Lenght
    Release Date: March 29th, 1973
    Genre: Jazz Fusion, Progressive Rock
    Status: Split Up
    Label: Columbia Records
    Country: United States
    Location: New York
    Formed in: 1971

    Lineup:
    ◇ John McLaughlin - Guitars
    ◇ Rick Laird - Bass
    ◇ Billy Cobham - Drums, Percussion
    ◇ Jan Hammer - Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer
    ◇ Jerry Goodman - Violin
    ◇ Ken Scott - Engineer

    Tracklist:
    1. Birds of Fire 00:00
    2. Miles Beyond 05:58
    3. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters 10:30
    4. Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love 13:37
    5. Thousand Island Park 14:04
    6. Hope 17:28
    7. One Word 19:25
    8. Sanctuary 29:30
    9. Open Country Joy 34:34
    10. Resolution 38:35


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    Mahavishnu orchestra montreux 1974 part 1.avi

    5:17

    Mahavishnu Orchestra Montreux 1974
    John Mclaughlin (guitar) & Jean-Luc Ponty on violin

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    John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra live at the North Sea Jazz Festival • 1986 • World of Jazz

    1:30:21

    Recorded on 13 July 1986 at the ‘Tuin Paviljoen’ of the Congress Gebouw, The Hague, The Netherlands.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - You Know, You Know

    7:59

    Jan Hammer performing You Know, You Know with the Mahavishnu Orchestra live on BBC television)

    The Mahavishnu Orchestra is:

    John McLaughlin - Guitar
    Jan Hammer - Keyboards
    Jerry Goodman - Violin
    Rick Laird - Bass
    Billy Cobham -- Drums


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    my goals beyond FULL ALBUM mahavishnu john mclaughlin

    41:33

    My Goal's Beyond, Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, on DOUGLAS 9 Records, 1071, Stereo.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Dance Of Maya

    12:38

    Recorded live in Syracuse, New York on April 29, 1972

    The Dance Of Maya - The Mahavishnu Orchestra

    John McLaughlin - guitar
    Jan Hammer - keyboards
    Jerry Goodman - violin
    Rick Laird - bass
    Billy Cobham - drums

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    Cosmic Strut - Mahavishnu Orchestra

    3:29

    Someone asked for this nicely, so I decided to do so. This is from the second line-up of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, not as great as the first line-up, but hey, still good.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Little Wing Montreux Jazz Festival 1984

    4:59

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    Mahavishvu Orchestra : Birds of Fire

    5:15

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    One Word - Mahavishnu Orchestra

    9:59

    I feel obligated to upload the best song on Birds of Fire by the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This song is absolutely insane, and you're gonna find out why.

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    Noonward Race by the Mahavishnu Orchestra

    6:30

    Amazing song, as is to be expected from a band of this calibur.

    Taken off of their 1971 album, The Inner Mounting Flame.

    I can't say enough about the greatness of The Mahavishnu Orchestra.

    They are probably the most talented group of musicians ever to be united in one supreme band and EVERY SONG shows it. I strongly reccomend that you listen to as much of them as you can find.

    Too many solos to rate all of them but these guys rarely deliver anything I would rate under a 9.5.

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Sanctuary

    6:27

    Concierto de Mahavishnu Orchestra en Hunter College, New York 1972.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Hope

    2:00

    Birds Of Fire (1972)

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra

    6:28

    John McLaughlin, Jean Luc Ponte and Narada Michael Walden,Ralph Armstrong and Gayle Moran in Switzerland in 1974. See more @

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Full ABC Concert

    13:21

    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live at Bananafish Gardens, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1973

    Songs:
    Hope
    One Word
    Resolution

    John McLaughlin - guitar
    Jan Hammer - keyboards
    Jerry Goodman - violin
    Rick Laird - bass
    Billy Cobham - drums

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra Live in Munich 72

    20:58

    (1) The Dance of Maya - 0:00
    (2) One Word (drum solo & ending) - 14:02
    (3) Resolution - 19:29

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra With John McLaughlin ‎– The Inner Mounting Flame

    46:27

    Bass – Rick Laird
    Composed By – John McLaughlin
    Drums – Billy Cobham
    Guitar – John McLaughlin
    Piano – Jan Hammer
    Violin – Jerry Goodman

    Recorded: August 14, 1971


    Photography By – Anthony Hixon
    Engineer – Don Puluse
    Producer – John McLaughlin



    A1 Meeting Of The Spirits 0:00
    A2 Dawn 6:52
    A3 The Noonward Race 12:03
    A4 A Lotus On Irish Streams 18:32
    B1 Vital Transformation 24:12
    B2 The Dance Of Maya 30:29
    B3 You Know You Know 37:46
    B4 Awakening 42:55



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    Awakening by The Mahavishnu Orchestra

    3:33

    Awakening by The Mahavishnu Orchestra
    From the Album The Inner Mounting Flame.
    Amazing, jazzy song. Great instrumentality. Probably my favorite on the album.
    I don't own this song nor do I credit myself as its creator.

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    1974 - Mahavishnu Orchestra - Sapphire Bullets in Antibes, France

    53:27

    01. Sanctuary
    02. Smile of the Beyond (part 1)
    03. Drum solo
    04. Smile of the Beyond (part 2)
    05. Dawn
    06. Dawn (part 2)

    John McLaughlin (Guitar)
    Jean Luc Ponty, Steve Kindler, Carol Shive (Violin)
    Gayle Moran (Keyboards)
    Narada Michael Walden (Drums)
    Ralph Armstrong (Bass)
    Marsha Westbrook (Alto saxophone)
    Phillip Hirsch (Cello)
    Bob Knapp (Flute, percussion)
    Steve Frankovitch (Horns)

    Mahavishnu Orchestra in Antibes. France 1974 about of their concert was shown on TV. July 29, 1974

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    Eternitys Breath by John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Remastered Through My DAW.

    8:35

    The Mahavishnu Orchestra's Visions of the Emerald Beyond was recorded basically in the first two weeks of December 1974 at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan. I plugged it into my DAW and applied an iZotope plugin to try to remaster it. Hopefully, this presents the content better than stuff posted on You Tube so far.

    I have the 8 bar heavy riff mapped out (that just about everyone who tries gets wrong) and will post soon. Also the two main multiple octave ascending riffs will be mapped out.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra: Dawn part 1.

    10:00

    Syracuse university 1972. Quality isn't great but it's quite rare and definitely worth seeing.

    BTW. this concert is the only one in existence (as far as I'm aware) in which John is still using the guitar sound of 'the inner mounting flame' Album.

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    02) The Noonward Race pt 1 - The Mahavishnu Orchestra w/ John McLaughlin @ Mar y Sol Festival

    8:07

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Power Of Love

    5:28

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    The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Pastoral

    3:42

    I do not own nothing but the honor of upload this track.

    From the album Visions of the Emerald Beyond (1975)

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    Remembering the Mahavishnu Orchestra

    5:45

    Mahavishnu Orchestra were a multinational jazz-rock fusion band formed in New York City in 1971 by English guitarist John McLaughlin. The band's first lineup featured English guitarist Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, Panamanian drummer Billy Cobham, Irish bassist Rick Laird, Czechoslovakian keyboardist Jan Hammer, and American violinist Jerry Goodman.[2] McLaughlin had worked with Cobham and Goodman on his third solo album My Goal's Beyond (1971), and asked Cobham to become the drummer in his new jazz-rock fusion band he wished to form, which he accepted. The violin was an instrument that had interested McLaughlin since childhood, and could not have Jean-Luc Ponty, his first choice, due to immigration problems. After listening to various albums with a violinist, he hired Goodman of The Flock. Although bassist Tony Levin was the first person McLaughlin wanted to join the band,[3][4] Laird had known McLaughlin for several years and accepted the invitation. Hammer was found through the mutual friendship with Miroslav Vitous of Weather Report.[2]
    The group first met in July 1971, and rehearsed for one week. Their first live performance followed at The Gaslight Cafe in New York City, where they were the opening act for bluesman John Lee Hooker. McLaughlin recalled: The first set was shaky but the second set just took off and every night it was great. They wanted to hold us over and a few days after the second week ... , we went into the studio.[2]
    McLaughlin had particular ideas for the instrumentation of the group, in keeping with his highly original concept of genre-blending in composition. He particularly wanted a violinist as an integral contributor to its overall sound. As the group evolved, McLaughlin adopted what became his visual trademark — a double neck guitar (six-string and twelve-string) which allowed for a great degree of diversity in musical textures—and Hammer became one of the first to play a Minimoog synthesizer in an ensemble, which enabled him to add more sounds and solo more freely, alongside the guitar and the violin.
    Their musical style was an original blend of genres: they combined the high-volume electrified rock sound that had been pioneered by Jimi Hendrix (with whom McLaughlin had jammed on his initial arrival in New York as part of the Tony Williams Lifetime), complex rhythms in unusual time signatures that reflected McLaughlin's interest in Indian classical music as well as funk, and harmonic influence from European classical music. The group's early music, represented on such albums as The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) and Birds of Fire (1973), was entirely instrumental; their later albums had songs which sometimes featured R&B or even gospel/hymn-styled vocals. In the aforementioned two albums, the group goes from an energetic fusion of upbeat genres (a representative example of which is the song Vital Transformation) to very serene, chamber music-like tunes, such as A Lotus On Irish Streams, a composition for acoustic guitar, piano and violin, and Thousand Island Park, which drops the violin and incorporates double bass; or from low-key to extremely busy in a single piece, such as Open Country Joy.
    Due to the pressures of sudden fame, exhaustion and a lack of communication, the original band began to tire as 1973 continued. The stress was further exacerbated by a disastrous recording session (from a personal relationship standpoint) at London's Trident Studios that found some of the players not speaking to others. Their project was never fully completed. The last straw came as John McLaughlin read an interview in Crawdaddy magazine in which Jan Hammer and Jerry Goodman expressed their frustrations with John's leadership style.[6] An effort to fix things back in New York fell through. Later on in the 1970s, McLaughlin stated in an interview in Gig magazine that he would like the album to come out, as he thought it was good. In its place, the live album Between Nothingness & Eternity was released featuring material from the studio album. Almost 30 years later, during the beginning of a renaissance of Mahavishnu's music, the incomplete album from the failed London recording was released as The Lost Trident Sessions.

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    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Meeting of the Spirits - Live in France 72

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    Das Mahavishnu Orchestra gilt als eine der bedeutendsten Jazzrock-/Fusion-Bands der 1970er Jahre. Es wurde 1971 von John McLaughlin gegründet. Neben McLaughlin (Gitarre) spielten Jerry Goodman (Violine), Jan Hammer (Keyboards), Rick Laird (Bassgitarre) und Billy Cobham (Schlagzeug).

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