9 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

fuzionfannatic ,

Raw Power Searing Guitar Best First Fusion Album

For me it started with a copy of the Columbia Records music sampler called "The Music People" containing something you never see anymore. NEW MUSIC!

Little did I realize that one cut on this album "Dawn" by the Mahavishnu Orchestra would trigger a 30 plus year love affair with the greatest rock jazz fusion band of all time. This debut still blows my mind to this day. I now own everything John McLaughlin has ever done and just saw Billy Cobham LIVE in Phoenix. He hasn't lost a beat. (pun intended)

Saw this original five live from the first row at Detroit's Masonic Auditorium in 1975. The interplay between Jerry Goodman on violin, Jan Hammer on keyboards and McLaughlin are some of the most electrifying ever caught on vinyl.

Download this and bring really good headphones!

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ,

The Essential Mahavishnu album

This is The Essential Mahavishnu album. It's very intense and powerful.

Rewarded09 ,

Progressive

Some raging guitar playing here. The whole band was great musicians.

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