The Lost Trident Sessions

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The Lost Trident Sessions
Studio album by Mahavishnu Orchestra
Released September 21, 1999 (1999-09-21)
Recorded June 25–29, 1973 at Trident Studios in London, England
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 39:44
Label Sony
Producer Mahavishnu Orchestra, Bob Belden
Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology
Adventures in Radioland
(1986)
The Lost Trident Sessions
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

The Lost Trident Sessions is a studio album by jazz fusion group the Mahavishnu Orchestra, released on September 21, 1999 through Sony Music Entertainment. It was originally recorded in June 1973 at Trident Studios but was not released until 26 years later. According to the album's detailed liner notes, in November 1998 Columbia Records producer Bob Belden stumbled upon two quarter-inch tapes in Columbia's Los Angeles vault whilst gathering material for a remastered reissue of the Mahavishnu Orchestra's 1972 album Birds of Fire. The tapes were otherwise unlabeled besides the recording location, but upon further inspection they were revealed to be the two-track mixes for what would have been the Mahavishnu Orchestra's third studio album at the time.[1]

With the exception of "John's Song #2", all compositions on this album were performed on other albums: "Dream", "Trilogy" and "Sister Andrea" appeared on the Mahavishnu Orchestra's 1973 live album Between Nothingness and Eternity,[3] whilst "I Wonder" and "Steppings Tones" appeared on violinist Jerry Goodman and keyboardist Jan Hammer's 1974 album Like Children.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dream"   John McLaughlin 11:10
2. "Trilogy"
  • "The Sunlit Path"
  • "La Mere de la Mer"
  • "Tomorrow's Story Not The Same""  
McLaughlin 9:33
3. "Sister Andrea"   Jan Hammer 6:47
4. "I Wonder"   Jerry Goodman 3:10
5. "Steppings Tones"   Rick Laird 3:11
6. "John's Song #2"   McLaughlin 5:53
Total length:
39:44

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1999 Billboard Jazz Albums 4[5]

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