The Lost Trident Sessions

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The Lost Trident Sessions
Studio album by Mahavishnu Orchestra
Released 21 September 1999 (1999-09-21)
Recorded 25–29 June 1973
Studio Trident Studios, London
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 39:44
Label Sony
Producer Mahavishnu Orchestra, Bob Belden
Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology
Adventures in Radioland
(1986)Adventures in Radioland1986
The Lost Trident Sessions
Unreleased Tracks from Between Nothingness & Eternity
(2011)Unreleased Tracks from Between Nothingness & Eternity2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz Favourable[1]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

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. 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 1973 album Birds of Fire. The tapes were otherwise unlabelled 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.[2]

Guitarist John McLaughlin told The Music Gig magazine in 1977:

McLaughlin feels that the Orchestra was never recorded at their peak. "There is a studio album that never got released which is really good", he explains. It would have been their third studio album, following Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire. "But at the time the record was being made, emotion in the band was running so high that people could no longer see clearly. Everyone felt nervous about it". Why? "I don't know why". And McLaughlin did not pursue it either: "When the people in the band told me how they felt, I respected it. I didn't ask them to explain why they felt it. That was enough. So we put a live album out (Between Nothingness and Eternity) which was good, but it wasn't on the same level. But one day I'd like the album to come out. It's a great album".[4]

With the exception of "John's Song #2", all compositions on this album were performed on other albums. The Mahavishnu Orchestra's 1973 live album, Between Nothingness and Eternity,[5] consisted entirely of songs from the Trident sessions: "Dream", "Trilogy" and "Sister Andrea." Violinist Jerry Goodman and keyboardist Jan Hammer performed "I Wonder" and "Steppings Tones" on their 1974 album Like Children.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music 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



Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1999 Billboard Jazz Albums 4[7]


  1. ^ Astarita, Glenn (1999-10-01). "Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Lost Trident Sessions". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2014-09-02.
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "The Lost Trident Sessions - Mahavishnu Orchestra". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  3. ^ Fisher, Tyler (2006-07-26). "Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Lost Trident Sessions (album review )". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  4. ^ Weitzman, Steve (April 1977). "Shoot-Out at the Jazz Rock Coral". The Music Gig. The Gig Enterprises, Inc., Vol.3 No.8, p.35
  5. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Between Nothingness & Eternity - Mahavishnu Orchestra". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  6. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Like Children - Jerry & Goodman Jan Hammer". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  7. ^ "The Lost Trident Sessions - Mahavishnu Orchestra | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-01-01.

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