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Exceptional - the power and intensity is extraordinary.,
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This review is from: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection (Audio CD)
You may well own "Inner Mountain Flame", "Birds of Fire", "Between Nothingness and Eternity" and "The Lost Sessions". If you are into The Mahavishnu Orchestra you SHOULD own them.
Well - here, you are going to own them again, and believe me it is worth it!
John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Rick Laird, Jerry Goodman and Billy Cobham - the ultimate band. The cohesion, the intensity is palpable; the energy is extraordinary, almost overwhelming.
This amazing group of musicians redefined music.
Jazz Fusion has often been a demanding genre to engage with; there are so many rock elements.
Well, the power of this band leave the likes of Led Zeppelin in the shade, not that I am making any direct comparisons.
Listening to Mahavishnu can be exhausting but, if you give it the space it needs - very rewarding.
I own all the albums mentioned above and treasure them. However this set has unreleased jewels.
"Inner Mountain Flame" has am extra track! A blistering live version of "Noonward Race"
Then on Disc 5 you get the "unreleased" tracks from "Between Nothingness and Eternity" - and this, in my humble opinion really makes this set worthwhile; if you have the others?
The ORIGINAL Mahavishnu Orchestra live and unleashed.
At the time of its release "Between Nothingness and Eternity" contained unreleased tracks; the studio versions eventually appeared on "The Lost Sessions". Now we have Mahavishnu classics from "Inner Mountain Flame" and "Birds of Fire" live for the first time!
Yes there have been countless bootlegs but this is "official".
Relive this amazing and extraordinary band; Jazz Fusion AT ITS BEST!