The Lost Trident Sessions is a studio album by jazz fusion group the Mahavishnu Orchestra, released on 21 September 1999 through Sony Music Entertainment. It was originally recorded in June 1973 at Trident Studios but was not released until 26 years later.
Although McLaughlin had been the only composer on the first two Mahavishnu albums, he penned only three of the six tracks here, with Hammer writing two and Laird pitching in one. It's fiery, if perhaps over-busy at times, fusion, McLaughlin reaching his most feverish pitches in the frenetic concluding passage of the ten-minute "Trilogy. The numbers written by other members than McLaughlin tend to be a little more subdued, and perhaps unsurprisingly less inclined toward burning guitar solos.
The Lost Trident Sessions find the Mahavishnu Orchestra at what could have been a turning point in their career. The band always showed a rockier side to them, especially McLaughlin playing distorted electric guitar, but The Lost Trident Sessions shows a complete abandonment of their jazz influences. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Since each member of this band is excellent at their instrument, whatever they do will surely be nothing short of excellent. McLaughlin slowly becomes the center of most of their music, showing his ego growing larger and larger. Mahavishnu Orchestra with the genius & "virtuose guitarist" John McLaughlin in command is a remarkable exploratory fusion jazz band. MrGumby May 8th 2014.
Love Devotion Surrender (with the Mahavishnu Orchestra). The Complete Original Mahavishnu Orchestra Columbia Albums Collection.
Producer – Mahavishnu Orchestra, The. Producer – Bob Belden. Violin, Viola, Viola – Jerry Goodman. Recorded at Trident Studios, London, England, June 25-29, 1973. All tracks previously unreleased. 20-bit digitally remastered. Mastered at Sony Music Studios, New York City. P)(C) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. Disc made in Austria
At any rate, The Lost Trident Sessions provide us with the future direction of the MO. That is, the band was about to break up. This is evidenced by three tunes penned by members other than McLaughlin. Jan Hammer's piece "Sister Andrea" may be familiar from Between Nothingness and Eternity. Jerry Goodman's "I Wonder" and Rick Laird's "Steppings Tones" also appear. Although enjoyable, they just do not belong on a Mahavishnu Orchestra album. One can understand the musical tension developing at the time after listening to these two cuts. In fact, strict Mahavishnuites would also point a crooked finger at Hammer's "Sister Andrea," which gives early indications as to where the fusion movement was moving.
Band Name Mahavishnu Orchestra. Album Name The Lost Trident Sessions. Labels Columbia Records Sony Music CBS Records. Music StyleJazz Rock. Members owning this album4.
The Lost Trident Sessions is a fusion music album recording by MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA released in 1999 on CD, LP/Vinyl and/or cassette.