Between Nothingness & Eternity

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Between Nothingness & Eternity
Between Nothingness and Eternity - Mahavishnu Orchestra.jpg
Live album by
The Mahavishnu Orchestra
ReleasedNovember 1973 (1973-11)
RecordedAugust 18, 1973
GenreJazz fusion
43:17 (2011 remix)
  • Murray Krugman
  • John McLaughlin
The Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology
Birds of Fire
Between Nothingness & Eternity
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]
All About Jazz(favorable)[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[5]

Between Nothingness & Eternity is the first live album by jazz fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra, released on November 1973 by Columbia Records.[1] According to the Mahavishnu Orchestra Gigs listing by Walter Kolosky, it was recorded live at the Schaefer Music Festival, held in Central Park, New York on August 17 and 18, 1973,[6] even though available recordings seem to prove that all of the material from the album was actually taken from the second night only.[7] Originally, Mahavishnu Orchestra's third album was to be a studio effort, recorded in June 1973 at Trident in London, but was scrapped during the final days of the project; the live album, containing versions of three out of the original six tracks, was released instead as the last album during the period of the original line-up of the band. The original studio album was later released in 1999 as The Lost Trident Sessions.

Between Nothingness & Eternity was included in 2011 as part of The Complete Columbia Albums Collection boxed set, along with the other albums by the first line-up of the band, including The Lost Trident Sessions. This new version was a new different mix with an additional minute of music on "Sister Andrea". The boxed set also contained an album called Unreleased Tracks from Between Nothingness & Eternity, which contains other selections from the two Central Park shows.

Track listing[edit]

Original vinyl[edit]

Side one
1."Trilogy: Sunlit Path/La Mere de la Mer/Tomorrow's Story Not the Same"John McLaughlin12:16
2."Sister Andrea"Jan Hammer8:45
Side two

"The Complete Columbia Albums Collection" version[edit]

1."Trilogy: Sunlit Path/La Mere de la Mer/Tomorrow's Story Not the Same" 12:03
2."Sister Andrea" 9:53



Chart (1974) Position
United States (Billboard 200)[8] 41
Australia (Kent Music Report)[9] 42


  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. Between Nothingness & Eternity at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 2, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (12 October 2012). "Review: Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness & Eternity | Sputnikmusic". Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  4. ^ Kolosky, Walter (16 November 2002). "Mahavishnu Orchestra: Between Nothingness and Eternity". Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ Kolosky, Walter. "...Welcome Readers of 'Power, Passion and Beauty' - The Special Edition eBook 2013... - Walter Kolosky". Retrieved 1 January 2014. Aug 17-18 Schaefer Music Festival – Central Park New York City, NY. The live album Between Nothingness & Eternity is recorded
  7. ^ "...Bathed in Lighting - John McLaughlin - Archive Releases". Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Between Nothingness & Eternity - Mahavishnu Orchestra | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 188. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.