MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA – Between Nothingness & Eternity (1973)

This is the remastered and re-released version of Nothingness & Eternity from Central Park from Aug. 1973. This has the restored (Goodman and Hammer) solos from Sister Andrea. By the way: the sound quality is AWESOME compared to the old CD released in, who knows, the late 80’s (now you can hear Billy in all of his odd meter brilliance). If you are watching/listening to this on YouTube and it is not the Sony re-issue (as here) you are not getting the best quality available.

The Mahavishnu Orchestra were a jazz fusion band formed in New York City in 1971, led by English guitarist John McLaughlin. The group underwent several line-up changes throughout its history across in its two periods of activity, from 1971 to 1976 and from 1984 to 1987. With its first line-up consisting of musicians Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, and Rick Laird, the band received its initial acclaim for its complex, intense music consisting of a blend of Indian classical music, jazz and psychedelic rock, and its dynamic live performances between 1971 and 1973. Many members of the band have gone on to acclaimed careers of their own in the jazz and jazz fusion genres.

Live at the Schaefer Music Festival, held in Central Park, New York on August 17 and 18, 1973

  1. “Trilogy: Sunlit Path – La Mere de la Mer – Tomorrow’s Story Not the Same” 0:00
  2. “Sister Andrea” (check out Rick Laird’s funky bass groove under Goodman’s solo) 12:02
  3. “Dream” 21:54