Visions of the Emerald Beyond

Visions of the Emerald Beyond

by Mahavishnu OrchestraMahavishnu Orchestra


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As the second album to document the second Mahavishnu Orchestra, this one 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972397023
catalogNumber: 723970
Rank: 6577

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mahavishnu Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Steve Kindler   Violin,Vocals
John McLaughlin   Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Jean-Luc Ponty   Violin,Vocals,Electric Violin,Baritone Violin
Ralph Armstrong   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Double Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
Phillip Hirschi   Cello
Bob Knapp   Flute,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Wind
Narada Michael Walden   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Clavinet
Gayle Moran   Keyboards,Vocals
Carol Shire   Vocals
Carol Shive   Violin,Vocals
Russell Tubbs   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Steve Kindler   Arranger,Contributor
John McLaughlin   Producer
Ken Scott   Producer,Engineer
Michael Berniker   Producer
Howard Mandel   Liner Notes
Gregory Digiovine   Equipment Technician
Ashok Chris Poisson   Illustrations,Cover Design

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