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Imaginary Voyage

Jean-Luc Ponty

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As of 1976, Jean-Luc Ponty's variations on the Mahavishnu Orchestra theme were still fresh and imaginative, cast in a distinctively different, more lyrical, more controlled framework. For Imaginary Voyage, Ponty's instrumental lineup is identical to that of Mahavishnu -- electric violin, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums -- but he turns the emphasis on its head, with all commands coming directly from the violin (his) and less competitive crossplay emanating from his colleagues. For starters, "New Country" is a lively jazz-rock hoedown, one of those periodic C&W side trips that some fusioneers attempt for a lark, and "The Gardens of Babylon" is a wonderfully memorable tune, the beginnings of which grow out of "New Country." The last half of the LP is taken up by the title composition, a strong four-part suite that hangs together with barely a snag in interest over its 20-minute span.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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1
New Country
00:03:09

Daryl Stuermer, Electric Guitar - Daryl Steurmer, Acoustic Guitar - George Piros, Masterer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Larry Hirsch, Engineer - Burt Szerlip, Assistant Engineer - Allan Zavod, Keyboards, Piano - Tom Fowler, Contributor - Chase Williams, Contributor - Mark Craney, Percussion

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1976 Atlantic Recording Corporation

2
The Gardens of Babylon
00:05:07

Daryl Stuermer, Electric Guitar - Daryl Steurmer, Acoustic Guitar - George Piros, Masterer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Larry Hirsch, Engineer - Burt Szerlip, Assistant Engineer - Allan Zavod, Keyboards, Piano - Tom Fowler, Contributor - Chase Williams, Contributor - Mark Craney, Percussion

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1976 Atlantic Recording Corporation

3
Wandering on the Milky Way (Violin Solo)
00:01:50

Daryl Stuermer, Electric Guitar - Daryl Steurmer, Acoustic Guitar - George Piros, Masterer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Larry Hirsch, Engineer - Burt Szerlip, Assistant Engineer - Allan Zavod, Keyboards, Piano - Tom Fowler, Contributor - Chase Williams, Contributor - Mark Craney, Percussion

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1976 Atlantic Recording Corporation

4
Once Upon a Dream
00:04:08

Daryl Stuermer, Electric Guitar - Daryl Steurmer, Acoustic Guitar - George Piros, Masterer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Larry Hirsch, Engineer - Burt Szerlip, Assistant Engineer - Allan Zavod, Keyboards, Piano - Tom Fowler, Contributor - Chase Williams, Contributor - Mark Craney, Percussion

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1976 Atlantic Recording Corporation

5
Tarantula
00:04:08

Daryl Stuermer, Electric Guitar - Daryl Steurmer, Acoustic Guitar - George Piros, Masterer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Larry Hirsch, Engineer - Burt Szerlip, Assistant Engineer - Allan Zavod, Keyboards, Piano - Tom Fowler, Contributor - Chase Williams, Contributor - Mark Craney, Percussion

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1976 Atlantic Recording Corporation

6
Imaginary Voyage (Pt. I)
00:02:22

Daryl Stuermer, Electric Guitar - Daryl Steurmer, Acoustic Guitar - George Piros, Masterer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Larry Hirsch, Engineer - Burt Szerlip, Assistant Engineer - Allan Zavod, Keyboards, Piano - Tom Fowler, Contributor - Chase Williams, Contributor - Mark Craney, Percussion

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1976 Atlantic Recording Corporation

7
Imaginary Voyage (Pt. II)
00:04:05

Daryl Stuermer, Electric Guitar - Daryl Steurmer, Acoustic Guitar - George Piros, Masterer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Larry Hirsch, Engineer - Burt Szerlip, Assistant Engineer - Allan Zavod, Keyboards, Piano - Tom Fowler, Contributor - Chase Williams, Contributor - Mark Craney, Percussion

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1976 Atlantic Recording Corporation

8
Imaginary Voyage (Pt. III)
00:05:26

Daryl Stuermer, Electric Guitar - Daryl Steurmer, Acoustic Guitar - George Piros, Masterer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Larry Hirsch, Engineer - Burt Szerlip, Assistant Engineer - Allan Zavod, Keyboards, Piano - Tom Fowler, Contributor - Chase Williams, Contributor - Mark Craney, Percussion

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1976 Atlantic Recording Corporation

9
Imaginary Voyage (Pt. IV)
00:08:01

Daryl Stuermer, Electric Guitar - Daryl Steurmer, Acoustic Guitar - George Piros, Masterer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Larry Hirsch, Engineer - Burt Szerlip, Assistant Engineer - Allan Zavod, Keyboards, Piano - Tom Fowler, Contributor - Chase Williams, Contributor - Mark Craney, Percussion

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1976 Atlantic Recording Corporation

Album Description

As of 1976, Jean-Luc Ponty's variations on the Mahavishnu Orchestra theme were still fresh and imaginative, cast in a distinctively different, more lyrical, more controlled framework. For Imaginary Voyage, Ponty's instrumental lineup is identical to that of Mahavishnu -- electric violin, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums -- but he turns the emphasis on its head, with all commands coming directly from the violin (his) and less competitive crossplay emanating from his colleagues. For starters, "New Country" is a lively jazz-rock hoedown, one of those periodic C&W side trips that some fusioneers attempt for a lark, and "The Gardens of Babylon" is a wonderfully memorable tune, the beginnings of which grow out of "New Country." The last half of the LP is taken up by the title composition, a strong four-part suite that hangs together with barely a snag in interest over its 20-minute span.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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