It’s been a while since I posted anything on the MO, so indulge me. 🙂 On 11 May 1973, the ‘Vish played Milwaukee Arena. Photographer Rich Zimmerman shot 17 minutes of silent 8mm film. Much of it looked to me like it had been filmed during an extended ‘Dance of Maya’, which featured pizzicato violin and a John/Billy guitar and drums duo section within it. Three years ago, I had some of Rich’s film edited to a recording of ‘Dance of Maya’ from another show in 1973 (the one from Milwaukee not having survived on the partial soundboard of that night). See below – if you have 15 minutes to spare, it’s mesmerising stuff.
The second item of note this week 50 years ago is the MO concert at New York’s Felt Forum on 16 May 1973. UK music press news items later that month referred to Columbia Records having recorded this MO concert, and planning to record another in Montreux, with a view to the next Mahavishnu Orchestra release being a live album. During research for my two McLaughlin books in the mid-2010s, Michael Panico, Archives Manager at Sony in New York, confirmed that Sony does indeed have 2” multi-tracks for it. A follow-up question about any further shows that might be loitering in the vault was referred to ‘Business & Legal’ and no reply was forthcoming.
A soundboard recording, however, made by the thankfully forward-thinking occasional MO sound engineer Dinky Dawson is currently available to be heard – Dinky’s archive being owned now by Wolfang’s Vault. Played that night were the following – 100 minutes of Mahavishnu magic waiting to be mixed from the multis at some point:
1. Meeting of the Spirits 15:52
2. Open Country Joy 9:24
3. Dream 26:18
4. Miles Beyond 13:38
5. One Word 17:34
6. Dance of Maya 16:38