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Around the Internet: A Lost John McLaughlin Album

Apr 8, 2015

As part of Big O's occasional "Lost Albums" series, here is a track by John and Eve McLaughlin from an unreleased 1975 double LP. The blog site reports:

According to the notes that accompanied this CD, only a single LP was released - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond by the Mahavishnu Orchestra (1975). The second LP was announced in UK music magazines to be released separately in April 1975 (one side Shakti and one side John and Eve). The release date was pushed back and then later the project was cancelled by CBS Records.

Track 5 is "Share The Joy". The track was recorded with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, with vocals by Eve. While many a school choir member (especially those in school in the '70s) might recall, "Share The Joy" is a track from the Lost Horizon musical (music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David) and Eve's rendition at the beginning is very close to the original. The second half of the track has the song in a very contemplative mood and, according to reports, the second guitarist could have been Carlos Santana. The track was recorded for an unreleased Sri Chinmoy film (possible titles of the movie included Awakening, Rainbow and Jharna Khala).

It must be noted that this  song was sourced from a French collector who used to tamper with the sound so they come across a little muddy, especially the vocals. But they will not mar one's listening pleasure, especially given the fact that these tracks are not widely available.

Those who thought the Mahavishnu Orchestra were into frantic fusion jazz might want to do a re-think. This CD certainly came from the leftfield and is one that's ideal for meditation.