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Mystical Adventures

Jean-Luc PontyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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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 (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,762 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
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Jean-Luc's overlooked classics November 13, 1999
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Ponty's Best November 8, 2001
By T. Ray
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Randy Jackson's best bass work! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Record. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The track listing is incorrect 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive fusion at its best November 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the definitive progressive rock-fusion hybrid albums, and probably the last of its kind. Be warned though: this is definitely leaning more towards progressive rock than jazz, with lengthy multi-part compositions, varying, complex meters, shifting almospheres and electronic instrumentation. This album will appeal more to the fans of Genesis, Yes, ELP, Caravan and Soft Machine than those of traditional jazz. However, there is some variety on the CD to keep things from being one-directional - there is even a Police-soundalike tune and a rather pointless if not unpleasant Stevie Wonder cover. But not to worry, there is plenty of muscular, chops-busting workouts to please the most demanding prog-head or fusion afficionado like myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic CD and birthday present to myself October 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate to see JLP at the Berklee School of Music in Boston as my 21st birthday present to myself. What a treat! This stands out as one of his classic efforts. As others have mentioned, Randy Jackson of American Idol plays bass (he also was the bassist for Journey's "Raised on Radio" CD a few years later. The suite Mystical Adventures and Final Suite, Part I are stellar efforts, classic in their conception and execution. All in all, my favorite JLP CD (although "Stay With Me" from A Taste for Passion has long been my favorite individual song. His sound has challenged somewhat since Tchkola in 1991 with the addition of West African musicians, but this stands out along with his final CD of this era, Individual Choice (1983) as one of the premiere masters of the art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystical adventure
Great album. The original copy that I had got damaged in a flood so I wanted another copy. I have been listening this album for years on end and it always takes me on a mystical... Read more
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Published 11 months ago by Richard C. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Jean-Luc at his best
Have been a Jean-Luc Ponty fan since the mid 70s. This was the first one I heard and I've been a fan ever since. I think this is his best album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr B
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I missed the download and got the CD instead
About a year or so ago, as I have been buying several of JLP's records, I had previewed this recording and was considering buying it then as a download, but waited too long and the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by JTITheAmazonShopper
5.0 out of 5 stars The Masterpiece
I have long considered this album to be the masterpiece of Jean Luc Ponty's work. I believe he was inspired from the true source.
Published on April 28, 2012 by Dune
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical Adventure
MA is a hypnotic, tranquil and immersive experience. The five part suite is propelled by repetitive synth lines and drum patterns that provide a pleasureable core to JLP's... Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Harry Ohm
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff!
More mellow than previous releases--but still good. The violin does sound more clear as well--this is a review after only one listen. Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by B. Mier
5.0 out of 5 stars review: Mystical Adventures (Jon Luc Ponty)
I love this CD, typical Jon Luc Ponty. The sysnthesized, techno, acidic, wave of jazz fusion fits his style and is consistant with other CD's of his I own. It is an awesome piece. Read more
Published on June 28, 2009 by Gunther Brahm
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good...Ponty continues his graceful, subtle drift away from...
As with this album's predecessor Civilized Evil, I have to rate this album at just short of 5 stars. Read more
Published on February 27, 2008 by D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystical Adventures Of Jean Luc Ponty
What seperates Jean Luc Ponty from a number of other jazz violinists I can name is that from King Kong: Jean Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa on is that Ponty is not a self... Read more
Published on April 21, 2007 by Andre S. Grindle
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