June 5, 2011 – 3:08 am

Nothing meditative about a guitar revved up to 200 mph.

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Plays Jeff Beck [no label, 2CD]

Live at the River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains, PA, May 14, 2011. Ex SBD/AUD matrix. This is the stereo soundboard/audience version.

“Just a little note of appreciation for what you are bringing back to life. This musical period was the beginning of finding my own way in music, and to hear you guys playing those tunes in such an unbelievable way is quite amazing. Great job!! Keep up the good work.”
- John McLaughlin’s email to MahavishnuProject.com

Starting with the Wired album in 1976, Jeff Beck got acquainted with two members of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jan Hammer and Narada Michael Walden. Wired itself had four compositions by Walden and one by Hammer making that album heavily influenced with the Mahavishnu sound.

So it is unsurprising that Gregg Bendian’s Mahavishnu Project, originally to showcase the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s now neglected jazz-rock sound, would take time out to cover Jeff Beck on the 35th anniversary of the Wired album.

This is all about power playing, very loud and with as much soloing and improvising as two master lead guitarists can manage. Tonight’s guest is Guitar Player’s Jesse Gress. At this show Led Boots, Come Dancing and Blue Wind are off the Wired album. Rest of the tracks played are from Blow By Blow, There And Back and everything else Beck related.

The kickass opening track Led Boots is an ode to Led Zeppelin. Jeff Beck would have been proud.
- The Little Chicken

Source: Allen & Heath GL2400 (Direct Outs)+ceiling mounted Schoeps MK21’s (9ft from stage)Schoeps VST62iu>Lunatec V2>Alesis HD24 (w/EC-2 Conveter upgrade)

Recorded and processed By Keith Litzenberger. Shared by wkl taper at DIME. Thanks guys.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 256 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Led Boots (9.7MB)
Track 102. The Pump (8.8MB)
Track 103. You Know What I Mean? (8.8MB)
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Track 104. Freeway Jam (17.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 104. Freeway Jam (megaupload link)
Track 105. Because We Ended As Lovers (12.1MB)
Track 106. Come Dancing (16.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 106. Come Dancing (megaupload link)

Disc 2
Track 201. Band Intro (1.5MB)
Track 202. You Never Know (14.7MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 202. You Never Know (megaupload link)
Track 203. Diamond Dust (16.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 203. Diamond Dust (megaupload link)
Track 204. Stratus (12.1MB)
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Track 205. Merchandise banter (2.4MB)
Track 206. Scatterbrain (16.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 206. Scatterbrain (megaupload link)
Track 207. Encore break (3.3MB)
Track 208. Blue Wind (11.8MB)
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Gregg Bendian - drums
Glenn Alexander - guitar
Peter Brendler - bass
special guest Jesse Gress - guitar

Check out the group’s upcoming shows in June and July where they promise to play the best of Mahavishnu Orchestra. Click here.


The Mahavishnu Project have to date released two albums, Phase Two and Return To The Emerald Beyond. Click on the link to order the albums.


For the master’s touch, click on the link to order Jeff Beck’s Blow By Blow, Wired and There And Back here.

  1. 6 Responses to “GO, GO, GO”

  2. hey bigo, this is pretty good. thanks!!!

    do you have an the specials shows in your archives? you know the second wave english ska band. yeah, i have a show on tape i would love to get mp3’s of from hurrah’s, nyc, ny 1982. it doesn’t necessarily have to be that show, but i’d be happy if it had too much too young, a mesage to you rudi, etc. all the hits, if you will.


    By Ed Saad on Jun 5, 2011

  3. EXCELLENT!! An amazing post. Thank you.

    By TyGuy on Jun 5, 2011

  4. Niiiiiiice! Thanks, BigO….how ’bout posting some Mahavishnu Project playing Mahavishnu next?

    By Walter on Jun 5, 2011

  5. Led Boots isn’t an ode to Zeppelin. It started life has a song written by Max Middleton called ‘Got my led boots on’. Max was in a band called Hummingbird and Jeff Beck guested on their album featuring the song. Later Max joined Jeff’s band and the tune was reworked as an instrumental on the Wired album.

    By RussV on Jun 6, 2011

  6. Walter - I think that your timeline is a little off. Wired (released in 1976) was put out the year before Hummingbird’s “Diamond Nights”. Releases in 1977, it was the band’s third and final album. Max decided to cut a vocal version of the song and had Brian Short add words.

    Beck never played on any of the three Hummingbird albums although he did take part in a few sessions for the first album which were never released.

    By TonyR on Jun 16, 2011

  7. thanks very much

    By Craig on Jun 26, 2011

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