a word from Chicago...
spoken by the
John Mclaughlin- guitar
Jan Hammer- keyboards
Jerry Goodman- violin
Rick Laird- bass
Billy Cobham- drums
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
May 21, 1972
performance quality: A- prime early Maha
recording quality: a solid B, maybe better
(it's pretty clear, good presence and consistent
except the 1st 4 minutes of an incomplete Dance of Maya.
the quality of that part is pretty poor, from tape flaws.)
source: 1st gen. audience tape (so the source of it was told)
lineage: master tape > tape copy >
soundforge 4.5 (WAV) > FLAC 6 >
total runtime: 98:55
disc 1: 59:09
1; meeting of the spirits > 11:19
2: you know, you know 10:32
3: dream 20:17
4: one word (spliced at tape flip) 15:33
5: hope 1:25
disc 2: 39:45
6: the dance of Maya (cuts in, 1st 4 minutes has tape flaw problems) 10:05
7: a lotus on Irish streams 7:20
8: the noonward race (spliced at tape flip) 17:13
9: celestial terrestrial commuters 5:05
there is some uncertainty about the exact date of this concert,
although this is a nearly complete recording of what I'm pretty
certain is Mahavishnu in Chicago in May of 1972. Since the air
temperature in Chicago this time of year can get as hot as a
Billy Cobham solo in One Word, and this may be the first one word
Chicago heard, and this isn't on the tracker yet, it's time to
share it. I've had this on tape for years in 2nd gen. borrowed
its 1st gen. source tape for this first posting. there is a rather
substantial chunk of Dance of Maya missing, maybe as much as 10 minutes,
it's a long song, and the 1st 4 minutes of it here is not good quality,
has tape flaws, the rest sounds pretty good for 72 Maha. aud.
the setlist says it could be from 73, but Mahavishnu setlists don't
tell much when from (their earliest known live recording from 11/71
in Syracuse, N.Y. has a chunk of "dream" in it, this one isn't quite
the full monty version but pretty close to one and complete in here).
Although there are 2 tape flip splices in here, neither one is very
jarring to the flow of the recording (a welcome rarity with Maha. auds)
there haven't been nearly enough Maha. shows to come up from 72 and
this one is an essential addition to the Mahavishnu addiction.
do not sell this recording.
Trade freely and losslessly.