Label: VAPP association - RR-98-117-2,Release Records (3) - RR-98-117-2 Format: CD Album, Unofficial Release Country: Russia Genre: Jazz, Rock, Blues Style: Space Rock, Fusion
All of the others have had some technical sloppiness in the remasters-- audible hum, botched fades, etc-- but on the Ponty box the mastering sounds flawless, allowing you to enjoy the music as it was originally heard, with no unnecessary distractions. Jean-Luc Ponty Imaginary Voyage. The Art of Happiness. And Jean Luc Ponty was wise enough to give them space to shine. You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. His style of violin playing is ranging from soft and slow style with acoustic violin to the dynamic and complex ones using electric violin. VOL 1.
Part IV. Nostalgic Lady. Cosmic Messenger. The Art of Happiness. I Only Feel Good with You. Fake Paradise. Ethereal Mood. Egocentric Molecules. Box set , Import Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention jean-luc ponty cosmic messenger original album enigmatic ocean album series ponty albums great albums fusion collection discs early playing cds jazz rock mastering musicians outstanding package remaster.
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Lots of memorable themes and melodies although I still think the "Enigmatic Ocean" compositions are rather dull and uninspired-- nice funky groove on the last track, though. Good playing, too. Despite a tendency to repeat a few pet riffs too often, Ponty obviously knows his axe inside out. Put another way, the funk and folk influences gradually diminish in favor of a more brittle rock sound. Still, the last album, "Cosmic Messenger", has plenty of fine stuff. Nevertheless, this set has some of the best composing, arranging, and playing of the jazz-rock era of the s-- or prog-rock.
A tech note: All of the others have had some technical sloppiness in the remasters-- audible hum, botched fades, etc-- but on the Ponty box the mastering sounds flawless, allowing you to enjoy the music as it was originally heard, with no unnecessary distractions.
The mastering sounds good, and the mini-LP sleeves are OK reproductions--although I would have liked a little more information about the musicians on each album see below.
However, his mastery of his instrument and incredible soloing often lift the material above and beyond expectation. Interesting that all five of these albums use the same band format as the original Mahavishnu Orchestra quintet: Perhaps the solid music on these disks is a testimony to the durability of the format.
John McLaughlin wanted Ponty to be in the first version of the MO, and these albums give some intriguing suggestions at what could have been. Clearly, the virtuoso Ponty is the star and the focus of his own albums. Here is a more detailed personnel list to save you some searching: Aurora JLP: Imaginary Voyage JLP: Enigmatic Ocean JLP: Cosmic Messenger JLP: I continue to be amazed at the reviewers who gripe about these Warner Brothers and Sony Legacy 5 disc sets.
This is yet another outstanding collection of music! Some of the titles in this Jean-Luc Ponty collection were out of circulation for years and I am very pleased to be able to acquire these. Another complaint I read is that these are not remastered CDs. Do ya really think it makes good business sense to remaster an entire collection only to sell it at a hugely discounted price?
I think not. The buyer receive the very latest version of the mastering for each disc included in the set. So about the music in this collection, I am familiar with the first 4 discs, Cosmic Messenger is new to me. Now I have it: These sets are excellent value, especially if you are trying to rebuild an old vinyl library from back in the day. I have purchased several sets in addition to this one so far and they are all very pleasing: See all 52 reviews.
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Audible Download Audiobooks. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. DPReview Digital Photography. This reminds me to the music of Dixie Dregs. The opening track of this album "New Country" 3: This can be seen at the beats of the song and inventive violin work backed with acoustic guitar fills. This is a well-composed music which is appropriate as opening tune of any program. The next track "The Gardens of Babylon" 5: The rhythm tends to be boring but luckily the soloists give good melody for the song.
Jean provides excellent violin solo while Allan Zavod gives his skills in playing the keyboard. This track is a suite of this album. At album level, I could only say that this is an excellent album that blends various styles: You would not regret having this album in your collection. It mean a lot to me and motivates me to write other Ponty albums. You guys are terrific! From then on Imaginary Voyage is more or less what you expect from a jazz rock record.
Except that the songwriting is superb. The melody rarely is surpassed by those long noodlings jazz rock musicians seem so prone of. The band is a show apart: They are really a band, not just a bunch of good musicians. And Jean Luc Ponty was wise enough to give them space to shine.
They enriched the album a lot. A fine CD, that even non jazz rock fans will enjoy. One of the first problems with this record is that it came out in instead of the earlier part of that decade. The fact that these guys are on familiar territory shows in the spotless but risk-free solos. Another problem with this record is the production.
For some reason, as the decade wore on, producers felt a need to make jazz fusion into some sort of modern muzak, or fuzak as it has often been referred to. The compression on here is so tight that all the highs and lows in the volume have been taken out leaving a bland sameness.
The equalization also aims for that washed-out middle ground. There are two songs on here that deserve special mention, one bad and the other good. New Country is the bad, it consists of a pounding disco beat topped with hoe-down fiddle music, need I say more. The good is Imaginary Voyage part II which is one of those mysterious Scriabin-like chord progressions that used to be popular with John McLaughlin and people who worked with him in the early 70s.
This is a style of jazz-fusion that unfortunately has faded over the years. The present work is worth to buy! The song that received the most airplay at the time was the barely three minute long opener "New Country", a mesmerizing spot-on approximation of jig music from the New World.
Sadly, because most of the rest is a self indulgent bore. Only "The Gardens of Babylon" is worth hearing again, as it bridges the sprightly and outward looking opener to the ceaseless fusion rather well, and suggests a route sadly not followed again. In spite of two lovely short tunes, this voyage should have retrenched early on rather than insist on dragging us through a spectacular yet utterly barren terrain. There he shows all he knows best - very melodic viloin soloing with support of buck-up band.
Ponty adds country, disco or symphonic elements in his sound, and it not always the bad thing. Complex enough music possibly could be much better without this polished sound production and with more not pop- rock elements in it. In few best moments compositions sounds almost as good jazz-rock, but too often they just remind elevators music. The album is still good enough if you like melodic, slightly cheesy simphonic jazzy sound, polished production and comfortable listening.
Ponty was already familiar with the American tradition, after so many years living and working in the USA, so the first part of this album even contains some Country flavors among the Classical workouts of Ponty and his violin. The flipside of the LP is captured by the min.
Complex rhythms and tight interplays are also present, especially in the opening parts, in a track that maintains a rich and virtuosic delivery all the way. Ponty begins to establish himself as a competetive composer alongside his undoubtful playing skills. Other than the harmless "New Country", this is prime prog-rock jazz fusion from Ponty.
This album would have fit. Indeed a trip. The music gets more and more You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Other sites in the MAC network: Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. Visit Amazon tag:
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