Mahavishnu Orchestra – Visions of the Emerald Beyond

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Visions of the Emerald Beyond

AMG Review: As the second album to document the second Mahavishnu Orchestra, Visions of the Emerald Beyond 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. –by Richard S. Ginell

John McLaughlin – Guitars
Jean-Luc Ponty – Electric Violin
Narada Michael Walden – Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Clavinet
Ralph Armstrong – Bass Guitar, Contrabassoon, Lead Vocals
Gayle Moran – Keyboards, Vocals

With:
Steven Kindler – First Violin
Carol Shive – Second Violin, Vocals
Phillip Hirschi – Cello
Bob Knapp – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Flute, Vocals
Russel Tubbs – Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone

 

Visions of the Emerald Beyond Tracklist

  1. Eternity’s Breath Part 1 – 00:00
  2. Eternity’s Breath Part 2 – 3:10
  3. Lila’s Dance – 7:59
  4. Can’t Stand Your Funk: 13:35
  5. Pastoral – 15:44 Faith – 19:25
  6. Cosmic Strut – 21:26
  7. If I Could See – 24:54
  8. Be Happy – 26:11
  9. Earth Ship – 29:43 P
  10. egasus – 33:26
  11. Opus – 35:14
  12. On the Way Home to Earth – 35:38

Visions of the Emerald Beyond

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