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Mahavishnu Orchestra – Live At Montreux 1984/1974 (Eagle Vision DTS DVD Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Concerts: B-



Even if you have never heard of The Mahavishnu Orchestra, you may have heard their music casually on the radio on an off channel or if you were one of the few who saw Atom Egoyan’s Where The Truth Lies (2005) or if you are a diehard Jazz fan.  The band existed for two periods: 1971 – 6 and 1984 – 7.  Both times, they were at the Montreux Jazz festival and both performances were taped.  They are now available in a new DVD set from Eagle Vision from their ongoing, extensive set of Montreux concerts.


The 1984 concert includes Billy Cobham in the line-up, while the 1974 version includes Jean-Luc Ponty and Narada Michael Walden.  Both are progressive jazz works with some Rock edge to them and are pretty impressive overall.  My only complaint is that unless you love Jazz, you may find yourself out of your elements with their extended jams.  Otherwise, these are exceptionally talented groups of musicians in action and all are worth a look.


The 1.33 X 1 image on both concerts are from analog video sources with good color and in clean, good shape.  The older stereo audio has been upgraded to Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 mixes that are not bad, but cannot hide the age of the material.  The PCM 16/48 2.0 Stereo is not bad.  The only extra are four audio-only bonus tracks that are as lively as the on camera material.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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