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The Inner Mounting Flame


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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • ASIN: B0000247OZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Meeting of the SpiritsMahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. DawnMahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Noonward RaceMahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Lotus On Irish StreamsMahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vital TransformationMahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin 6:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Dance of MayaMahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin 7:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. You Know, You KnowMahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. AwakeningMahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is guitarist John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra's debut recording, and although there are some rough edges to a few of the pieces, this is a quality album of early '70s jazz-rock fusion (with the emphasis more on rock than jazz). The line-up of the band is impressive, with McLaughlin on guitars, Jerry Goodman on violin, Billy Cobham on drums, Rick Laird on bass and Jan Hammer on keyboards. The addition of Goodman gives the band a very different (and much copied) texture, and his solos are highly impressive. McLaughlin is in-your-face as usual, and this follows directly on from his work with Miles Davis.
The first track (Meeting of the Spirits) is probably the best track on the album (though maybe You Know, You Know pushes it very close indeed), with it's quick-fire guitar and violin lines, and the virtuosic drumming of Cobham, who is excellent all through the performance. The piece is in three, and that's what really gives it a very different feel to most of the rock that you hear (the repetetive riff is very catchy). You Know, You Know contains another repetetive figure, but this time the atmosphere is far more relaxed, and the long silences at the beginning are inspired. Jan Hammer brings a more avante-garde spirit to the band with some very individual and quirky solos (he really likes using that pitch bender). The only thing that doesn't work is A Lotus on Irish Streams. McLaughlin's twanging on acoustic guitar and the meandering tune just don't fit with the spirit of the album.
This is the definitive recording of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and well worth getting hold of , if you're a Hendrix fan or keen on the rockier side of fusion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard House on 27 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm in my mid-50s now, yet this album is still the most extraordinary piece of music I have ever heard. It also changed my life when I first heard it - under the bed covers listening to John Peel on my pocket trannie in 1973; and I remember how enthused John was with the album (before it became hip to loath jazz fusion). I'd never ever heard music like it before, and I haven't since, either. I profoundly disagree with the other two reviewers about 'Lotus on Irish Streams' - McLaughlin's, Goodman's and Hammer's playing on this dream-of-a-track is quite breathtaking, and for me their soaring spiritual synergy sums up what the original Orchestra was all about. As the book on the Orchestra says, this truly was 'the greatest band that ever was'. At less than a fiver, this is unbelievable value - and if you're wondering what all the fuss is about via-a-vis John McLaughlin's legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra, this has to be the definitive place to start.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Over thirty years ago I gave someone Home's The Alchemist (Whose What?) in exchange for this album. It was the best trade I ever did. A long time later I discovered In a Silent Way, Miles Davis's seminal fusion album featuring John McLaughlin on guitar, but for a long time, The Mahavishnu Orchestra was fusion.

The opening track, Meeting of the Spirits, sets a breakneck pace. It's like an updated Ride of the Valkyries, same loping 3/4 time signature, at the beginning. It then lays back a little, and then gets right back into it. Billy Cobham's drums drive the pace, and McLaughlin and violinist Jerry Goodman fire out musical bullets. Should anyone ever remake Apocalypse Now, Colonel Kilgore's Air Cav could easily (albeit anachronistically) ride into action to the sounds of Mahavishnu in place of Wagner.

Alternatively, you could do a pretty martial waltz to it!

A couple more perfect fusion storms are followed by the pastoral calm of A Lotus on Irish Streams, in which Jan Hammer's fluttering piano complements perfectly the gentle violin and acoustic guitar. Hammer would later go on to add the theme tune icing to the Miami Vice style cake.

On vinyl that was the closing track of side one.

Side two heralded more stormy weather and some weird fusion time signatures begin, making the rhythm more edgy - and more challenging if all you came to do was dance. This was made at a time when King Crimson's Bob Fripp was boasting of his use of 12/13 time or some such, and McLaughlin joined in the party. But don't ask me what the time signature is. I can't count that fast.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
Meeting of the Spirits and You Know You Know are magical and the only track that drags is 'Lotus' which is incongruous to the whole. The drumming is breathtaking with changes in time signatures which seem impossible. The guitar, violin and electric piano complement each other perfectly. I saw the band when they played at the Crystal Palace Bowl in London circa 1971 and it changed my life. Fusion has a reputation for being pompous and pretentious but this record is neither - just a group of virtuoso musicians making a great sound and creating a mystical atmosphere - even for an agnostic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DB on 4 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I never heard this on vinyl, but when I replaced my "Birds of Fire" album through Amazon, they recommended this and I thought, why not? I'm very glad I treated myself. If anything, the virtuosity is even more jaw-dropping than the later album. There is however a lack of polish and planning which takes an edge off for me. Maybe if I had heard this one first my views would have been reversed. Who knows? Anyway, I'm hooked now, and some of the other Mahavishnu albums are going up on my wish-list.
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