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They played their new "Apocalypse" album in its entirety. John McLaughlin, who wrote the music, and the superb violinist, Jean-Luc Ponty, were extraordinary, as they are on the album. Drummer Narada Michael Walden was equally thrilling. The band's amazing bass player, Ralphe Armstrong, was only 18 years old at the time of the recording, and his playing was also dazzling. Gayle Moran plays keyboards and sings on "Smile of the Beyond", a delightful piece of music. The band was accompanied by a string quartet which managed to capture the power of the orchestral arrangement of the album, adding to the electrifying performance.
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the London Symphony Orchestra on this album. George Martin, producer of the Beatles' albums, produced the album. The combination of these unsurpassed geniuses adds even greater dynamism to this tremendous work.
Listening to the album provides a deep and rich musical experience that may take the listener some time to acquire, but it is completely worth spending the time. The album leads off with "The Power of Love," a subtle yet powerful acoustic guitar piece, followed by the thrilling "Vision is a Naked Sword," a tour de force, truly momentous in its dynamism, reaching a crescendo as powerful as any in Stravinsky's music.Read more ›
Did the bold experiment work? For the most part, it did.
We begin with "Power of Love", where the orchestra plays a quiet and somber understated theme as Jean Luc Ponty spins forth a haunting melody on his electric violin and McLaughlin adds poignant acoutsic guitar. But this is just a prelude to something very unsettling.
That unsettling something being "Vision Is A Naked Sword". Beginning with a rumbling gong, both the band and the Symphony unleash an ominous "Wrath of God" reworking of the main theme of "Dance of The Maya" and in doing so, nearly scaring the crap out of you, with Johnny Mac peeking out with his trademark scary dissonant arpeggios. From there things get even more jarring and intense, as J Mac and Ponty trade off phrases, Narada Michael Walden interjects and the band plays a fine game of volleying riffs back and forth before things draw to a terrifying orchestral close. WOW!!!!
Next up, "Smile Of The Beyond" is a attempt to lighten the mood after having the fear of God put in you. As the strings come in, Gayle Moran (the future Mrs.Read more ›
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The true John McLaughlin / Mahavishnu Orchestra fan will LOVE this album. It is a classic album from a great artist. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Glenn D. Preston
Unlike many of the other commentators, I did not hear this album when it came out, but only recently. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Darwin T.
I rediscovered this band after many years of not listening to there music. I just love the Jazz -rock mixPublished 13 months ago by andy villa