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Between Nothingness And Eternity [Import]

John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Between Nothingness And Eternity + Birds Of Fire + The Inner Mounting Flame
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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Aug 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Jazz
  • ASIN: B00000252D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Trilogy (Album Version)12:01Album Only
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Listen  3. Dream21:23Album Only

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THE MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA Between Nothingness And Eternity - Live CD

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Remaster The Whole Concert 16 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
Why doesn't Columbia-Legacy Recordings get their act together and remaster this entire concert, which they obviously have soundboard tapes of? The full concert exists and has been extensively bootlegged. You know their trucks were there and the tape was running! They released remastered editions of both "Inner Mounting Flame" and "Birds of Fire", along with the studio sketches based upon these live jams on "The Lost Trident Sessions". I saw MO live in the late fall of 1973, just before Johnny Mac broke up the band, and possess multiple sound-board recordings from their extensive '72 and '73 tours. None of the officially released studio recordings come close to capturing or reproducing the raw power and incendiary musicianship of this band seen live. The recording companies who made millions off MO "back in the day" owe both initiated and uninitiated fans, and the band itself, that much in the form of a bona fide, "official live" tribute. Come on, guys!!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This album, recorded in New York City's Central Park in the summer of 1973, is the only `non-bootleg' live recording now available of the original Mahavishnu Orchestra quintet: John McLaughlin on guitar, Jerry Goodman on violin, Jan Hammer on keyboards, Rick Laird on bass and the incomparable Billy Cobham on drums.

Fans generally rate this album alongside `The Inner Mounting Flame' and `Birds of Fire' for musical passion, tight high-speed playing, improvisational virtuosity and musical complexity. BNAE contains only three extended pieces - `Trilogy', `Sister Andrea' and `Dream' - and if you've never heard it, it'll knock your socks off.

However, BNAE falls short in two areas: the musical compositions are neither as tightly arranged nor as punchy and distinctive as on the band's studio albums; and the sound quality, recorded in the open air in 1973, is far from exemplary and has a roughness you won't hear on the studio recordings. This doesn't diminish the music too much, which as always with this line-up (the best-ever fusion band in history?) is beyond excellent; frenzied improvisational genius at work with a passion which takes your breath away. The more you listen to it, the more you'll get to know it, the more you'll like it.

You can hear the (shorter) studio recordings of `Trilogy', `Sister Andrea' and `Dream' on `The Lost Trident Sessions' album where the sound quality is up to the standard of the band's other studio album releases and this makes a good complement to BNAE. Remarkably, TLTS wasn't released until 1999, but was worth the wait - so my advice is, get them both.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating!! 9 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
This was my first Mahavishnu Orchestra album, and although I've got most of their other albums all of which are very good, there is nothing to compare with the raw power of this performance. It's worth buying for "Trilogy" and "Sister Andrea" alone.

The longer piece "Dream" starts off well but tends to get a bit bogged down and messy here and there, however the guitar and drum interplay is amazing and goes a long way to salvaging it. The highpoint is John McLaughlin's solo on "Sister Andrea" which is brilliant. The whole album catches the Mahavishnu Orchestra on an inspired night and has breathtaking moments of emotional impact that just aren't captured on the other studio albums, it does have its flaws too but that is acceptable in a live concert.

It would be unfair to compare this album to the more recently discovered "Trident Sessions", this is just a different experience.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what day is it? 19 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
when you have forgotten or want to forget what day it is....put this on for a fast and furious trip arround the universe. When you get back you may want to put on one of the old hawkwind lps.
warning this is too fast for jazz! can they really do that that fast?
i recommend a trip without tripping, enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The better recording of this material 11 Aug 2009
By Tim
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This is the 'lost album' material recorded live, and it's far better than the studio version. Of course it's not 'The Inner Mounting Flame' or 'Birds of Fire' which will always be this group's (and John McLaughlin's) finest work (some of his Miles Davis stuff's pretty good though). Get those two first. If you're only going to get one, get 'Birds of Fire'. For my money, jazz rock, or 'fusion' begins and ends with this music.
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