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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IA3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mystical Adventures (Suite)
2. Mystical Adventures Part I
3. Mystical Adventures Part II
4. Mystical Adventures Part III
5. Mystical Adventures Part IV
6. Mystical Adventures Part V
7. Rhythms Of Hope
8. As
9. Final Truth
10. Jig

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I'm surprised that this is the first review of one of JLP's finest recordings ever. While JLP's classic '70's works like "Enigmatic Ocean" and "Cosmic Messenger" get most of the attention (and, yes, they are good records), this vintage 1982 record, IMHO, tops them all.
For starters, it is a much better produced effort, with Ponty's violin recorded better than ever, and backed up by a very tight band. They pick up the tricky chord and time changes in the opening Mystical Adventures Suite with no apparent effort at all. The other songs (side 2 of the original LP) includes some pretty decent bass licks by Randy Jackson in "Rhythms of Hope" and energetic violin playing on "Final Truth, Part I" backed forcefully by Billy Cobham disciple Rayford Griffen on drums. To this day I'm still puzzled by the decision to cover the minor Stevie Wonder hit "As", but Ponty does nothing to disgrace the tune.
Looking back, "Mystical Adventures" was sort of an end of an era for Ponty's music; throughout the rest of the eighties he experimented with different instrument lineups with mixed results. He also ended the pattern of stringing together songs into a suite every other album. It was a shame that he changed his style somewhat after "Mystical Adventures" just when he just starting to get the old style down to near perfection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Ray on November 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I discovered JL P in 1984 and bought his then current album and worked my way back in time. I've only owned about seven of Ponty's works and Mystical Adventures is his formost work of these. Catagorizing it is the hard part unless you're already familiar with his work: pre-elecronica, fusion jazz, new age, or all of the above.
One thing that helps set this collection apart is they way it comes together as one work. Each track (with the possible exception of #9 Final Truth Part II) is complimentary and thematic. These songs come together and form an evocative environment that can be engaged or ignored. In the foreground of your consciousness MA (Mystical Adventures) is ripe for study by music majors and thoe who value emotional/spiritual content. If left in the background MA is great during meditation, study, sleep, light housework or reading. It doesn't demand your attention or force an emotion but lingers nearby and subtly accentuates empathy.
MA is a little drowsy for a mainstream audience but is a must have for fans of new-age, fusion and Ponty
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tall Paul on February 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you don't already know, the bassist on this album is Randy Jackson the American Idol judge. since he is an incredible bassist he picked up right where Ralphe Armstrong (Ponty's former bassist) left off and didn't miss a note. Incredible bass work on Rhythm Of Hope and Final Truth. As far as compisitions and musicianship this is one of Ponty's greatest efforts. This is my personal favorite Ponty album also. This album won best Jazz album Grammy in 1983.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Lent on August 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the final record Jean-Luc Ponty made with suites, and he goes out with a bang, putting 2 on this one. The first suite, Mystical Adventures, sounds like the title. Mystical. I love it. And each part smoothly goes into the next. It's a very mysterious piece, almost like the album cover. I imagine a forest with fog. And then the 2nd is Final Truth, a short but sweet melody. He also covers Stevie Wonder's "As" on this record, and does a good job. Overall, an excellent album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Richmond on July 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you do not give this album 5 stars you are not a true Ponty fan. Shame on you Amazon for not getting the track list correct.
1 - Mystical Adventures Part I
2 - Mystical Adventures Part II
3 - Mystical Adventures Part III
4 - Mystical Adventures Part IV
5 - Mystical Adventures Part V
6 - Rhythms Of Hope
7 - As
8 - Final Truth Part I
9 - Final Truth Part II
10 - Jig
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon" on February 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
As with this album's predecessor Civilized Evil, I have to rate this album at just short of 5 stars. It's a fabulous album where Ponty leans a bit further 'outside the box' of fusion with elegance and eloquance. You could almost tell when this album first came out, that his next work (which ended up being the incredible 5-star album Individual Choice) was going to be very different! In this album, Ponty strived to retain certain elements of the fusion movement (which first brought him to the stature of jazz royalty), but he tries to move beyond the musical genre of which he was growing tired. The music on this album is rich and absorbing. It's a beautiful piece to listen to. Some parts are more complicated and intricate, such as the wonderful Final Truth and parts of the very moving title suite. Other parts are a bit simpler, but still pleasing, like Rhythm of Hope. The inclusion of an instrumental cover of the Stevie Wonder song "As" was a strange choice, but it worked. After a few listenings, the song blends right in with the rest of the album, and it doesn't stand apart in an intrusive manner at all. The melodies are a bit more subtle than on his previous 'more fusion' albums. It's not as rocking as Cosmic Messenger or Enigmatic Ocean. It's not as powerful or inspired as those albums, but Jean-luc was spreading his wings and aiming in a different direction without the abrupt shock of just abandoning the music that made him famous. This is a good solid must-have album for any true Ponty fan. He delivers a great piece of work that deserves to be heard and enjoyed. He tries to sound as inspired as his earlier albums, and he nearly gets away with it. It falls just a little short of 5 stars, but this is an elegant, eloquant and rich and satisfying album from Jean-Luc!
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