Mahavishnu Orchestra Mk II - "Cosmic Strut/If I Could See", Old Grey Whistle Test video montage, 7/2/75

On February 7 1975, just as Visions Of The Emerald Beyond was being issued in Britain, accompanied by a wildly optimistic release on single for ‘Can’t Stand Your Funk’, The Old Grey Whistle Test – a late-night weekly rock music magazine show presented by ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, earnest guardian of the greatcoat-wearing part of the nation’s tastes – broadcast a specially commissioned montage of moving images to accompany ‘Cosmic Strut’ and ‘If I Could See’. Unseen for nearly 40 years, here it is!

Isotope - "Spanish Sun", live in London, late 1974, broadcast on Old Grey Whistle Test, 7/2/75

Isotope featured Gary Boyle on guitar - formerly with the Dusty Springfield band and Brian Auger's Trinity and one of John McLaughlin's friends on the 1960s London scene.

Cromwellian Club, London, late 1966, From a Granada documentary broadcast 25/1/67

This is a glimpse of one of the exclusive London clubs, frequented by pop people, where John McLaughlin would have played as a member of Herbie Goins & The Night-Timers. Spot the pop stars - Paul Jones, Manfred Mann, Small Faces, Chris Farlowe and many more.

Terry Dene, from a Granada documentary, broadcast 25/1/67

Terry Dene was among the British Rock 'n' Roll artists John McLaughlin backed onstage in cinema/variety tours circa 1960/61. Terry is seen here in a vintage c.1960 clip introduced by David Jacobs and in late '66 spreading the gospel on the streets.

‘One Word/Resolution’, Munich, 17/8/72

Circulating on DVD but unavailable to view online, here is an extract of ‘One Word/Resolution’ from Das Sonntags Konzert ZDF TV (Germany), filmed in Munich, 17/8/72.

Escalator Over The Hill rehearsals, 12/70

Less than two years previously, in December 1970, just as the Tony Williams Lifetime were grinding to a halt, two of its members – John McLaughlin and Jack Bruce – took part in sessions for Carla Bley’s self-funded triple album Escalator Over The Hill.  Documentary-maker Steve Gebhardt filmed some of the album’s long gestation and this glimpse, of John and Jack rehearsing with Carla and drummer Paul Motian, was included in his eventual documentary, also titled Escalator Over The Hill (released to limited screenings in 1999 but unavailable commercially).

Interview With John McLaughlin

"Time is Now" - John McLaughlin with Gunter Hampel, 1968