Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live in New York 1972-1973

 



Mahavishnu Orchestra:

John McLaughlin - guitars
Jan Hammer - keys
Billy Cobham - drums
Jerry Goodman - violin
Rick Laird - bass

Tracks:

01 - Dance of Maya
02 - Hope
03 - One Word
04 - Resolution
05 - Sister Andrea - Awakening  -snippet-
06 - Hope
07 - Celestial Terrestrial Commuters

a jpg with screen shots of the menu and content can be viewed here  http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aVAMiyA

total length :  33 minutes

chapter 1

Film of the Mahavishnu Orchestra from a columbia records unreleased promo for an unknown single release .you see the cover at the end of the clip.... anyone ever seen it ?  it had very badly synced audio with audience cheering covering the mismatch it would appear in putting together the promo the video editor columbia used got confused with the sound mix  of the groups electric guitar,  moog syntheiser, electric violin sounds and got lost
trying to match them to the video for the promo to a different song -Noonward Race- and then some parts were speeded up, the film is of the band playing at Hunter College in New York May 15, 1972  which was broadcast by radio station wabi 99.5 FM.  The project must have then got shelved but a copy with this timecode was shown on  possibly a pilot episode of an unknown tv show.

The video was recently placed in the video-editing timeline along with the audio from Hunter College FM broadcast and moved around untill a good match was found during this part of " Dance of Maya "

note: it is possible the film columbia used is from grabs taken from several different songs from the concert and it is only a coincidence it best fits this part of "Dance of Maya" 

chapter 2 - 5

For the first time decent video of the "in-concert" TV show has been synced to an FM recording of the simulcast -bpthree- 
from a VHS tape the "in concert " TV show filmed at  Bananafish Garden in Brooklyn New York the most likely date is believed to be  March 15 1973 This copy is about 2nd or 3rd generation off the taper who apparently still has his Betamax tape somewhere but in storage. It was first synced to the audio off the Japanese bootleg " Mourning of the Eternal Five"  and then sent to a McLaughlin
collector for an opinion the collector had since heard of a better recording by "merday" then when that was synced another slightly better recording of the simulcast uploaded first on TTD then Dime of " bpthree "  which is a little better and so this was synced and although not perfect is quite acceptable and now for first time the video has stereo audio.

chapter  6 - 7

Filmed for D.K.R.C at the Palace Theatre in New York on November 7, 1973  video sourced from 2 VHS tapes -one was slightly longer- only B quality  but better than what most people have,  the first 30 seconds is B- then the quality improves but alas to only B quality,
there is supposed to an even better quality copy of the video around  but I don't have it the good thing it has now been synced to a nice soundboard audio from the show

Trivia - The photo used for the menu was taken at the Bananafish Garden concert by the photographer   Annie Leibovitz

Enjoy!

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