Jean-Luc Ponty’s ‘Imaginary Voyage’ is a studio album released on November 4, 1976 by Atlantic.
Track Listing : 1.New Country (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 03:07 . 2.The Gardens Of Babylon (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 05:06 . 3.Wandering On The Milky Way (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 01:50 . 4.Once Upon A Dream (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 04:08 . 5.Tarantula (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 04:04 . 6.Imaginary Voyage (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 19:55 . – Part I (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 02:22 . – Part Ii (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 04:05 . – Part Iii (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 05:28 . – Part Iv (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 08:00
Musicians : Jean-Luc Ponty – Electric And Acoustic Violins, Organ, Background Synthesizers . Daryl Stuermer – Electric And Acoustic Guitars . Allan Zavod – Electric Keyboards And Acoustic Piano . Tom Fowler – Electric Bass . Mark Craney – Percussion
Production : Produced By Jean-Luc Ponty . Larry Hirsch – Engineer . George Piros – Mastering . Burt Szerlip – Assistant Engineer, Engineer
Package : Bill Harvey – Artwork, Design
Recorded July & August 1976 At Kendun Studios, Burbank, California.
Released On November 4, 1976 By Atlantic.
These long multipart excursions were once a staple of fusion performances. But somewhere along the line probably when lesser musicians tried them the form fell out of favor as being too pretentious. But in the hands of someone as talented as Ponty, these suites were well worth sitting through. […]
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The arrangements are simply standard 70’s fusion fare with nothing to add to the mix. Given that, there are a lot better examples of what was going on at that time to enjoy, than this run of the mill record. […]
For Imaginary Voyage, Ponty’s instrumental lineup is identical to that of Mahavishnu 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. […]