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Audio CD, Import, Limited Edition, October 30, 2015
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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.
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
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
The first half of the album is all about the Mystical Adventures suite. It clocks in at over 20 minutes. "Part I" is the calm before the... well not necessarily storm since the piece doesn't rock or dazzle like one would expect. It's a gradual increase in intensity throughout the entire suite. Anyway "Part I" features a colder sound that wasn't evident on Jean's 70's albums. The rhythm is okay at best and unfortunately the violins sort of remain quiet in the background. Not a good first impression but you know what I think about first impressions? They can be tossed out the window because "Part II" occurs. But wait. The suit is *still* not ready to win me over. Not quite yet! The piano is okay but restrained and the violin, while more noticeable here than in "Part I", is not nearly as fiery or intense as usual but it IS the high point of this song.
Around the 6-minute point which I guess is "Part III" but maybe not, nice unexpected marching drums come in. I originally thought I was hearing flutes here but on repeated listens they may be something else. Anyway they sound lullaby-ish with nice violins afterwards with memorable bass and slick guitar soloing. But wait!Read more ›
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Jean-Luc Ponty's Mystical Adventures is aptly named. He takes the listener on a trip far and wide in his five part suite. Read morePublished 12 months ago by By CJs Pirate
A master violinist cranking out sweet jazz-fusion. It gets under the skin.Published 15 months ago by Pat Ludwig
This is my absolute FAVORITE Jen Luc Ponty Album - timeless and incrediblePublished 20 months ago by Kimberly Stewart
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 morePublished on February 13, 2014 by M. Yu
This album, like Imaginary Voyage takes you on a musical journey you would never expect while entertaining you with the level of musicianship you would expect from a master... Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Richard C. Saunders