Mahavishnu Orchestra: Dream
Between Nothingness and Eternity (Live) (Columbia CK 32766)
Jerry Goodman (violin), Rick Laird (bass guitar), Billy Cobham (drums).
Composed by John McLaughlin.
Recorded: live in Central Park, New York, August 1973
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
"Dream" is an epic piece showcasing so much of what Mahavishnu was known for. It is a long-form, meandering composition full of open space and yet tight calls and responses. McLaughlin and Cobham exhibit a great telepathy during their guitar-drum duels…and it is all live before thousands of adoring fans in Central Park. It is almost meaningless to point out that the time signature of "Dream" is changed four or five times or that sometimes the sound isn't so good. I could tell you that in certain sections the band loses its cohesiveness. You could even be told that some of the members of the Mahavishnu Orchestra hated each others' guts at this time. It is all irrelevant. It is about hearing the Mahavishnu Orchestra live! That's all you really need to know.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky