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Birds Of Fire

10 Feb 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 10 Feb 2010
  • Release Date: 10 Feb 2010
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 39:29
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  • ASIN: B006JS321G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,969 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Smyth VINE VOICE on 15 May 2004
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John McLaughlin's five-piece Mahavishnu were really flying when they made 'Birds of Fire', a record that brings together the power of rock with the swing of jazz (Rick Laird had a pure jazz pedigree) and a lightness of lyrical touch that was almost Celtic.
There was a spontaneity and an experimentation about this music that carried on the spirit of Miles' 'Bitches Brew', a record on which McLaughlin made a distinctive contribution and which hinted at so much that was to come.
But 'Birds of Fire' has a coherence to it, as well, that a lot of electric jazz from that time lacked. There was always a huge integrity and effort in what McLaughlin did, even when playing at 120 miles an hour with drummer Billy Cobham powering through and Jan Hamer's electric keyboards slicing through the octaves and the ozone.
Loud, energetic but somehow spiritual music. Blew me away when I heard it in the early 1970s and still gives me the shivers.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Hedgeman on 16 Feb 2005
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This is, in two words, virtuoso musicianship. The ability to just pick a time signature out at random and play it is something only the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report can do well.
Mc Laughlin's woozy guitar and Cobham's lightning speed drumming are the force behind Birds Of Fire, Mahavishnu's best album. It knocks The Inner Mounting Flame and Inner Worlds for six. As I am only 14, I wasn't around when Mahavishnu were in full flight, but I can imagine the impression this record made.
If you want to try something modern in a similar vein, try "Deloused In The Comatorium" by The Mars Volta. This is an awesome record and they follow a lot of Mahavishnu's playing styles.
So, Birds Of Fire, awesome, five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug 2008
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When it came out in 1973 this was one of those 'never heard anything like it before moments'. I was aware of the previous The Inner Mounting Flame which had felt somewhat bitty and disconected to me (but maybe it's time I gave that another try too), but nothing prepared me for the sheer venomousness of this album. I've ummed and ahhd about reacquiring it for a while, but it arrived yesterday, and as it hit my deck it immediately plastered me to to the opposite wall.

At the time McLaughlin was an anomoly. While everyone else wore jeans and raggy tea-shirts and had hair down on their shoulders, this guy dressed in white and had a crew cut that made him look like a suspiciously friendly marine. In an age where anyone with a brain was 'looking for something' John was considered the archetypal 'spiritual' musician. One of those who'd seemed to have found what the rest of us were 'looking for'. Even then though, there was such a clear contradiction - how does such a spiritual man compose and play such utterly demonic music? It certainly caused me to rethink what the term 'spiritual' might actually mean.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sep 2000
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'Birds of Fire' was the Mahavishnu Orchestra at its peak. It's more polished than its predecessor, 'The Inner Mounting Flame', while lacking none of that raw, visceral energy. To some ears it will still sound a little rough compared to what has happened since in the fusion area, but there is more than enough heart in it to compensate. It makes so much other fusion music seem, while technically adept, calculated and clinical by comparison. The rapport between the five players is truly remarkable, especially when McLaughlin, Hammer and Goodman trade ever shorter bursts of improvisation, in the manner (though not the style!) of Indian musicians (eg, 'The Word'). If you enjoy instrumental improvisation at the highest level within the big rock sound world, this album is a must-have. It's been remastered very nicely too, so everything is as clear as a bell - or as clear as it can be among all that heavy distortion!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. W. Winter on 24 Sep 2006
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I came to Birds Of Fire after discovering John McLaughlin on Miles Davis' Bitches Brew - the best record of all time i.m.o.. Initially I thought the music sounded a little dated, but I was soon entranced by the strange rhythms, beautiful melodies and (almost) ludicrous virtuosity of the musicians. After listening to it a couple of times I am hooked - it is a truly breathtaking ride that skips, without a hint of contrivance, between different musical styles (mainly rock and folk) and back again in the blink of an eye. One shouldn't really single out individual musicians in such a brilliant ensemble but McLaughlin has got to be a candidate for the most complete guitarist of all time and Cobham's drumming is so fast, light and inventive as to defy belief.

Buy this record, put any prog rock prejudices you might have on one side, and be astonished by the music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MLP on 21 Jan 2012
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This came out when our sixth form common room was filled with the sound of Yes, Strawbs, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, ELO in their experimental days etc etc. Their previous album, Inner Mounting Flame, I didn't get into, nor the later ones - I like to know that the music has some structure or it becomes art for arts sake rather than for the listener. However on this album the guys hit the spot in virtuosity, musicality and improvisation - definitely the best of their work in my opinion as its success seemed to go to their heads later. But for this album - a classic and highly recommended for jazz or rock buffs out there
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