MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA — Live At Montreux 74/84

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Movie · 2007

Tracklist

Disc One - 1984
1. Radio-Activity
2. Nostalgia
3. East Side, West Side
4. Clarendon Hills
5. Medley: Blues For L.W. / It's The Pits / Living On The Crest Of A Wave
6. Jozy
7. Pacific Express
8. Mitch Match
9. Mitch Match (reprise)

Disc Two - 1974
1. Wings Of Karma
2. Hymn To Him
Plus Bonus Audio Only Tracks From 1974
1. Power Of Love
2. Smile Of The Beyond
3. Vision Is A Naked Sword
4. Sanctuary

Line-up/Musicians

1984 line-up

John McLaughlin / Guitar
Bill Evans / Sax
Jonas Hellborg / Bass
Mitchell Forman / Keyboards
Daniell Gotlieb / Drums

1974 Line-up

John McLaughlin / Guitar
Jean-Luc Ponty / Violin
Ralph Armstrong / Bass
Narada Michael Walden / Drums
Gayle Moran / Vocals , Organ
Steve Kindlter / Violin
Carol Shive / Violin
Marsha Westbrook / Alto violin
Phil Hirschi / Cello
Bob Knapp / Trumpet , Backing Vocals
Steve Frankivitch / Trumpet , Backing Vocals

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The 1984 appearance of the MO was a lineup that didn't have any of the previous MO lineup of musicians except for John. Still there was a pretty impressive roster. Jonas Hellborg, on bass, steals the show. I suspect he's been rather influenced by Jaco at this point. Also, we also have Bill Evans, fairly fresh out of his stint saxing with Miles Davis. There's also a fine drummer, Danny Gottlieb, who'd played with Pat Metheny prior. Don't know much about Mitchell Forman. With John experimenting with the Synclavier Guitar so much, the keyboards are almost redundant in this ensemble. I had a hard time sitting through this at first. It definitely has that '80's taint, if you know what I mean. But I've warmed up to it. It's a bit like an attempt to return to the magic of the original lineup that doesn't quite get there. Still, if you judge it in the context of the time, it's not too bad.

I got this for one reason and one reason only, it was the two video bits from the Apocalypse lineup of Mahavishu Orchestra. Actually calling them bits isn't quite accurate. Wings of Karma and Hymn to Him are actually decently long pieces. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had some actual orchestra musicians with them there at Montreaux. The first inkling I got that there was some live footage from this MO lineup was a poor quality video of Smile of the Beyond on a certain video clip web site many of us know of. It's very disappointing that we only get two clips from the show with video and the rest are audio only. I'm guessing the rest of the original footage has been lost. One can only hope that it will resurface. The performance is a bit more structured than the more compact MO's could be live, but that's to be expected due to the larger number of musician's involved. Still the core band does get to work in some improvisation, McLaughlin in particular.

This release is all in all a pleasant surprise for 2007, but there's more video out there from the older Mahavishu Orchestras, and I hope to see that material surface soon. It gets a four on the round up.

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