Visions of the Emerald Beyond

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Visions of The Emerald Beyond
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1975 (1975-02)
RecordedDecember 1974
StudioElectric Lady Studios, New York City; mixed at Trident Studios, London[1]
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerKen Scott, Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology
Visions of The Emerald Beyond
Inner Worlds
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauC+[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[4]

Visions of the Emerald Beyond is an album by the jazz fusion group Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the second released by its second incarnation.

According to the liner notes, the album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City from December 4 until December 14, 1974. It was then mixed at Trident Studios in London from December 16 until December 24, 1974.


This poem by Sri Chinmoy titled "Visions of the Emerald Beyond", was printed on the album cover. [5]

"No more am I the foolish customer
of a dry, sterile, intellectual breeze.
I shall buy only
the weaving visions of the emerald Beyond.
My heart-tapestry
shall capture the Himalayan Smiles
of my Pilot Supreme.
In the burial of my sunken mind
is the revival of my climbing heart.
In the burial of my deceased mind
is the festival of my all-embracing life."

Track listing[edit]

All songs by John McLaughlin except where indicated.

Side one
1."Eternity's Breath - Part 1"3:10
2."Eternity's Breath - Part 2"4:50
3."Lila's Dance"5:37
4."Can't Stand Your Funk"2:10
Side two
1."Cosmic Strut"Narada Michael Walden3:21
2."If I Could See" 1:17
3."Be Happy" 3:33
4."Earth Ship" 3:43
5."Pegasus" 1:48
6."Opus 1" 0:25
7."On the Way Home to Earth" 4:45


Mahavishnu Orchestra[edit]


  • Carol Shive – 2nd violin, vocals
  • Russell Tubbs – alto and soprano sax
  • Philip Hirschi – cello
  • Bob Knapp – flute, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals, wind
  • Steve Kindler – 1st violin



Billboard (United States)[6]

Year Chart Position
1975 Jazz Albums 18
1975 Pop Albums 68


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  2. ^ Ginell, Richard S.. Visions of the Emerald Beyond at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 May 2007.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Mahavishnu Orchestra > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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  6. ^ Visions of the Emerald Beyond – Mahavishnu Orchestra > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 October 2008.