"The Dance of Maya" is part subterranean dirge and part electric blues hootenanny. Its opening stretched-out deep and distorted guitar arpeggio and bass accompaniment, performed in 10/8, stands against a background of eerie silence until the rest of the band forcefully join the fray. Suddenly there is a hard turn right and the Mahavishnu Orchestra gets down à la Papa John Creach and Hot Tuna! The hoedown dissolves into some serious shredding before the tune returns to its dark and haunting funereal beginnings.
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