Mahavishnu Orchestra With London Symphony Orchestra – ApocalypseVendor: Music On Vinyl
NEW VINYL LP ON MUSIC ON VINYL 2019
180 GRAM VINYL.
The first recording of the second Mahavishnu Orchestra was a real stretch for John McLaughlin, an encounter with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra. The union wasn't taken seriously at the time, and it ended up harming the reputation of Thomas -- a remarkably adventurous young conductor who defied the stuffy classical powers-that-be and thus probably delayed his eventual rise to the top -- more than McLaughlin. But those with ears, then and now, beheld a remarkable series of pieces that neatly juxtapose and occasionally combine the combustion of McLaughlin's group with rich, tasteful symphonic statements orchestrated for McLaughlin by Michael Gibbs. The new Mahavishnu-ites, electric violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and keyboardist/vocalist Gayle Moran, have their moments, but the real focus of this disc is the quality of the symphonic conceptions and how well McLaughlin blends his lyrical and fiery guitar into the mixture.
TracklistA1 Power Of Love 4:36
A2 Vision Is A Naked Sword 14:16
A3 Smile Of The Beyond 7:56
B1 Wings Of Karma 6:12
B2 Hymn To Him 19:23