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The Inner Mounting Flame (with John McLaughlin)

Mahavishnu Orchestra

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When The Mahavishnu Orchestra's debut album appeared in 1971, jazz-rock fusion was still a revolutionary idea. U.K. guitar demon John McLaughlin and U.S. drummer Billy Cobham took the ideas they'd absorbed (and helped initiate) working on the Big Bang of fusion, Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; they expanded them into a more composition-oriented (but band-based) format. They were helped in this endeavor by jazz bassist Rick Laird, violinist Jerry Goodman, and burgeoning keyboard phenom Jan Hammer. While The Inner Mounting Flame is certainly a showcase for McLaughlin (whose fiery outbursts on the opening "Meeting of the Spirits" and "The Noonward Race" evoke a jazzier Jimi Hendrix), his sparring partners provide plenty of the frisson that makes this album a milestone. Cobham's fervid polyrhythms on "Vital Transformation," Goodman's scorching solo on "Awakening," and Hammer's visceral electric piano runs on the aforementioned opener all help stir the pot to a blissful boil.

Customer Reviews


Totally Groovin' to this, excellenye

Great Album

This is a wonderful album but for some reason "The Noonward Race" stops near the middle and goes to the next song. Other than that its awesome, I would recommend this album to others in a heartbeat.


No more Beatles. Enter at your own risk.


Formed: 1971

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s

One of the premiere fusion groups, the Mahavishnu Orchestra were considered by most observers during their prime to be a rock band, but their sophisticated improvisations actually put their high-powered music between rock and jazz. Founder and leader John McLaughlin had recently played with Miles Davis and Tony Williams' Lifetime. The original lineup of the group was McLaughlin on electric guitar, violinist Jerry Goodman, keyboardist Jan Hammer, electric bassist Rick Laird, and drummer Billy Cobham....
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