April 27, 2011 – 4:06 am

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2010 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland; July 2, 2010. Very good BBC broadcast.

Radio presenter Jaz Nelson:

The Mahavishnu Orchestra performed in 1971, unleashed a series of cosmic… fusion albums until ‘76 when their inner mounting flame grew too hot and they imploded. They got together briefly in 1984 and then disappeared again until at last one day last July when guitarist John McLaughlin just happened to be hanging out on the banks of Lake Geneva when he got a call from his old friend Claude Nobs telling him that a band had cancelled that night and Claude said, ‘John, do you fancy getting back together with Billy Cobham and playing some Mahavishnu tunes?’

Thanks to tom_phillips who shared the tracks on Dime. Tom noted: “John McLaughlin’s last minute ad-hoc reunion with Billy Cobham, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival last July. Suberbly recorded and demonstrating the John hasn’t lost his chops (where has he been for the last 25 years?), it is only short highlights…”

Certainly shows why the Mahavishnu Orchestra should never be overlooked.

Thanks also to fastone for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Radio Intro (1.34) (2.5MB)
Track 02. You Know You Know (4.43) (7.9MB)
Track 03. The Fine Line (6.47) (10.8MB)
Track 04. Meeting of the Spirits (7.39) (12.2MB)

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  2. OMG! John! Where have you been? We have missed you! Welcome back. And…..BILLY! You have always been the BEST!

    By Walter on Apr 27, 2011

  3. Yesss! Thank you!

    By Namoosedog on Apr 27, 2011

  4. hey bigo, i got this earlier. thanks! i will play it now cause the weather is bad, and i can’t walk right now.

    hey walter, here’s is another mclaughlin show bigo offered last year. it’s good. i’ve played it a few times walking.


    By Ed Saad on Apr 27, 2011

  5. Thanks, Ed, but I was being ironic. JM has had brilliant moments in the last 30 years, but IMHO he has also spent much of his time “noodling” without creating monuments worthy of his talents and stature. When he straps on a guitar, and for once allows it to sound, well….like a guitar, he is at his best.

    By Walter on Apr 28, 2011

  6. WOW - - McLaughlin and Cobham, the Mahavishnu Orchestra… one of the brightest stars on my musical heaven in the 70s

    thank you for the presentation

    may your day be sunny : Herr Ärmel

    By Herr Ärmel on Apr 28, 2011

  7. More, more, more!!!


    By Kevin on Apr 28, 2011

  8. I saw Cobham’s electric band open for McLaughlin’s One Truth Band one summer night in the late ’70’s and was disappointed they didn’t collaborate for a tune or two on that show. This closes the loop nicely, thanks.

    By drkrick on Apr 30, 2011

  9. Excellent!

    By Jonathan on May 2, 2011

  10. track 2 will not copy….

    By hugh manatee on Oct 14, 2015

  11. Track 2 will not download properly.

    By Edward on Mar 16, 2017

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