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Lost Trident Sessions [Original recording remastered, Import]

John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00001R3G0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Dream (Album Version)The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin11:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Trilogy (Album Version)The Mahavishnu Orchestra 9:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sister Andrea (Album Version)The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin 6:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Wonder (Album Version)The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Steppings Tones (Album Version)The Mahavishnu Orchestra 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. John's Song #2 (Album Version)The Mahavishnu Orchestra 5:520.99  Buy MP3 

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost classic 29 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have to disagree with the other reviews thus far, and declare (as a relatively recent convert) that this is my favourite M.O. album. The tracks here are much better sounding than in their 'between nothingness and eternity' versions, and the whole album, to these jaded ears is even better than the hallowed 'birds of fire'. It sounds as if the tensions which history has shown to have been tearing the band apart were directed straight into the music, which is as tense and dynamic as one could wish (parts of it sound like King crimson, whom I love).
Give it a try, you may be pleasantly surprised.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost and found, and well worth the wait 4 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The music on this collection showcases the last studio work of the original and never-equalled MO line-up of McLaughlin, Hammer, Goodman, Cobham and Laird, generally acknowledged to be the greatest jazz-rock fusion band of all time.

Every MO fan knows the material on TLTS was studio-recorded in 1973 for a planned third album (to follow `The Inner Mounting Flame' and `Birds of Fire'); was subsequently played live on tour the same year with the great Central Park NYC gig released as the album `Between Nothingness and Eternity' to widespread acclaim - but for variously quoted reasons following the band's rather acrimonious split at the end of '73, the original studio material was 'lost' and not released until 1999.

Inevitably TLTS is compared with BNaT, as half the material appears on that live-in-Central-Park album and was known and loved through the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The studio versions of `Dream', `Trilogy' and `Sister Andrea' are tighter, less extended and with sound quality so superior to the rougher `live' cuts that if you've never heard these studio originals, prepare to be astounded. The remaining material on TLTS is `new', very much in the groove of TIMF and BoF and, most fans feel, superior to the watered-down feel of the later `Visions' and `Apocalypse' albums which featured a different line-up with orchestral-strings and choral-dominated sound.

If you liked MO's first two albums and BNaT, the chances are you'll like this collection - particularly `John's Song #2' which is the best of the bunch. MO's music is not the kind people are lukewarm about and is generally greeted with polarised reactions; suffice to say if you love TIMF, BoF and BNaE as so many of us do, you're going to love this too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but a 5 star must. 28 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Some might have seen this release as a quick "cash in". Well it may have been the intention although not one likely to make a fortune!!
This final chapter of the jaw-dropping 'Mahavishnu 'One', is, at its weakest a little unsure of itself, even in this state it is still formidable. However, for much of the time it is a powerhouse. The three opening tracks are quite blistering at times. If my memory serves well, these three made up the "live" Mahavishnu CD released after "Birds of Fire"?
Okay the following 3 tracks have the "filler feeling" but they are none-the-less worthwhile. Cobham's light speed bass drums on Track 4 - "I Wonder" - nearly blow your eardrums out; it is awesome!
The sheer fire-power of this band is legendary and rightly so.
Other excellent Mahavishnus followed but none quite matched the original McLaughlin, Goodman, Hammer, Laird and Cobham line-up.
Do not miss this one!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album 22 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A friend got me to listen to Birds of Fire in the art college library back in the early seventies, never looked back the Lost Trident Sessions shows the Mahavishnu Orchestra at their consummate best a perfect blend of art and craft, truly timeless music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 3rd album.............at last ! 21 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you've got Inner Mounting Flame and Birds Of Fire you'll need this as well. I didn't bother buying the live LP version, Between Nothingness & Eternity, when it came out but i have owned it twice on CD in the last 20 years and can't ever remember a real sense of anticipation or excitment about playing it. In contrast, this Trident studio version is as spell bindingly fabulous as Inner/Birds! Three classics in a row, how many groups can claim that feat?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings 21 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
A lost classic indeed - but a flawed one. For me, there are lots of dud bits, and although I've played the CD frequently over many years, I find myself skipping over a couple of tracks which I've never warmed too. And on other tracks, there are places where the plot is lost or the music is clichéd.

But this is certainly one of my own favourite CDs of all time, because the good bits are awesome. For example, I would buy it again just for Sister Andrea, in which McLaughlin plays one of the most ecstatically lyrical guitar solos I've ever heard, with the rest of the band wrapping it up beautifully.
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