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Mahavishnu Orchestra


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.89 | 297 ratings

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4 stars This output has more streamlined and down to earth sound compared to "Apocalypse", which I find a good thing. In addition, acoustic reflective moments start to prevail over dexterity and frenzy rhythms. Violin by Ponty is very expressive able to create a myriad of moods from Asian to European/America territory. Guitar is held more in the background than ever before. The first track shows an approachable approach to music by combining female vocals and quite straightforward violin with drums. "Eternity's Breath Part 2" has the guitar soloing pulled off, still with quite rocking rawness. I also like drumming that is varied. Towards the end of the song, you'll notice the same motive as in Part 1. "Lila's Dance" has great violin/guitar interplay; later it shifts to a blues jam. Funk exploring happens in "Can't Stand Your Funk", good but not contributing to fusion. "Cosmic strut" is loyal to its name and presents an energetic track however not in the same vein as we saw before, traces of disco/funk make the song quite laid back. "Be happy" is the most dynamic number on the album with violin/guitar and drums excelling with speed, precise execution. "Earth ship" is a mellow relaxing track. "On The Way Home To Earth" has a guitar or Moog expressive solo and wild drumming reminiscent of Billy Cobham before building a scorching guitar melody that finely concludes this good effort.
sgtpepper | 4/5 |


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