Mahavishnu Orchestra C/D/S/D

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I'm sure it's easily locatable online. The CD-R version I have was given the title With Loving Devotion to John Coltrane by the assembler.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Monday, 7 September 2015 20:59 (three years ago) link

I will hunt this down!

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 01:11 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Getting into The Lost Trident sessions this morning, which is one I have not heard much. "Sister Andrea" is a really, really good track. The section on that tune when they break it down low you really hear McLaughlin channeling his inner-Miles Davis ala Sketches of Spain. It certainly sounded like a nod to me.

earlnash, Sunday, 4 February 2018 17:06 (one year ago) link

Billy Cobham's drumming is really the glue that holds these records together imo. I find a lot of McLaughlin's post-Mahavishnu output to be sort of, idk, watery?

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:30 (one year ago) link

Seeing McLaughlin play Mahavishnu tunes live last year was incredible. Agree about Cobham; he's amazing.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:51 (one year ago) link

Who was in his band when you saw him?

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:58 (one year ago) link

I really like McLaughlin's first two acoustic jazz records with My Goals Beyond and the first Shakti album. That Shakti album is really intense. Eventually i would like to run into a LP of the San Francisco acoustic trio records. I had that one on tape as a kid and haven't heard it in years.

Apocalypse is pretty good for a Mahavishnu record after the original band. The 80s band sounds pretty 80s, although the stuff with Jonas Hellborg on Adventures in Radioland is pretty groovy.

earlnash, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:18 (one year ago) link

Yeah Shakti is pretty good, but I never liked the Friday Night in San Francisco or his other acoustic stuff.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:21 (one year ago) link

Who was in his band when you saw him?

I don't remember all their names, but I wrote about the show for Stereogum in November.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:34 (one year ago) link

I like the last track on inner worlds a lot

sleepingbag, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:39 (one year ago) link

Cobham is insane. I read a story once that when Cobham was a kid, he and his friends would have competitions to see who could keep a quarter pressed against the wall the longest with a roll.

Agree that he holds that group together, but Narada Michael Walden was a solid replacement. So crazy that he became this slick hitmaker. I saw Aretha Franklin this summer, and Walden was playing drums with her, and I kept thinking, huh, the same dude who did "Freeway of Love" and Whitney's "How Will I Know" was in Mahavishnu Orchestra. Anyway, he was a joy to watch, having so much fun. Here's a bit of him backing her at the show I saw:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzPHaRowxu0

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:52 (one year ago) link

So cool to find this, this is a set I saw McLaughlin do in Spain in 1993, with Dennis Chambers and Joey DeFrancesco!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po_toT6n9aE

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:55 (one year ago) link

Who was in his band when you saw him?

4th dimension: ranjit barot, gary husband, etienne mbappé

mbappé was so sick. not only was he an insane bass player but he wore god damned gloves

scoff walker (diamonddave85), Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:02 (one year ago) link

JUst checking out Where fortune Smiles which is McLaughlin either just before he started mahavishnu or a little after. Alongside John Surman, Dave Holland, Karl Berger nad Stu martin.
JUst seen that Esoteric reissued it recently. Sounds interesting so far.

Stevolende, Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:22 (one year ago) link

This is p much the sickest thing ever imo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10a45mgMGcY

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 5 February 2018 05:32 (one year ago) link

What can you say? Wow! I wish more 1970's drummers kept their solos that short n sweet. And of course his technique is absolutely phenomenal. Nice clip.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Monday, 5 February 2018 06:55 (one year ago) link

"Sunflower" by Milt Jackson, w/Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Jay Berliner and Billy Cobham: a fantastic record.

mahb, Monday, 5 February 2018 10:10 (one year ago) link

He's pretty good in the core unit band on the CTI Allstars first live lp. Tracks like Red Clay on that are really great.

Stevolende, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:21 (one year ago) link

Agree that he holds that group together, but Narada Michael Walden was a solid replacement. So crazy that he became this slick hitmaker. I saw Aretha Franklin this summer, and Walden was playing drums with her, and I kept thinking, huh, the same dude who did "Freeway of Love" and Whitney's "How Will I Know" was in Mahavishnu Orchestra.

He’s also the dude who did this:
https://youtu.be/Rz1GVwLwH2M

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 8 February 2018 05:33 (one year ago) link

"Agree that he holds that group together, but Narada Michael Walden was a solid replacement. So crazy that he became this slick hitmaker."

i'm still a little flabbergasted whenever i realize that michael tilson thomas was the guy who did the orchestral stuff on "apocalypse" (and it wasn't very good...)

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 8 February 2018 14:21 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Didn't expect to get into Between Nothingness & Eternity at all but I enjoyed more of it than I thought I would. Cant be bothered with getting into the rest of it right now, so I'm shelving it for now. Didn't think this was so highly thought of.

I thought one of the riffs sounded a hell of a lot like Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" but I guess people who know better would have made a deal of that if it really did have much resemblance.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 12 May 2018 12:33 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

I liked Apocalypse. Not the whole way through but the highlights are great. Last track has a kind of "You And I" feeling and the soloing at the big climax is fantastic.

But "Smile Of The Beyond" is just gorgeous. Check out this live version with a far more energetic middle portion and added drum solo with good drumming faces.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjM-UQ0zVUU

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 15 September 2018 11:41 (eleven months ago) link

That was worth waking up to.

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Saturday, 15 September 2018 13:13 (eleven months ago) link

dude can shred

hats for sporting the spiritual SG double neck look

niels, Monday, 17 September 2018 08:49 (eleven months ago) link

That right there is a spiritual custom Ibanez.

Three Word Username, Monday, 17 September 2018 09:23 (eleven months ago) link

aah, I see!

niels, Monday, 17 September 2018 09:27 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

Visions of the Emerald Beyond is really nice

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 14 December 2018 20:43 (eight months ago) link

Narada Michael Walden has had a pretty interesting career starting with Mahavishnu with Aretha (Who's Zoomin Who) and Whitney Houston and many others. From the Ashram to Malibu I would suppose.

earlnash, Friday, 14 December 2018 22:52 (eight months ago) link

his drumming on a few songs on Fripp's "Exposure" is ferocious. NYC and Breathless are the two best songs on the album

akm, Saturday, 15 December 2018 02:20 (eight months ago) link

You follow Billy Cobham, you better be able to deliver it. Those guys are/were so good, they are like superheroes.

earlnash, Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:06 (eight months ago) link


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