The Inner Mounting Flame/Birds of Fire/Between Nothingness and Eternity/Apocalypse/Visions

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
In the heyday of early-'70s jazz-rock fusion, John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra ruled the roost. This CD collects the first five, and most important albums of the group, showcasing their evolution from the quintet that did the first three LPs, and the personnel changes and texture expansions that further cemented McLaughlin's vision. Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire were groundbreaking efforts, while Between Nothingness & Eternity was a flawed live recording in New York City's Central Park as the band was about to split up. Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty replaced Jerry Goodman, the rhythm section was completely revamped, and orchestral settings were added to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
In the heyday of early-'70s jazz-rock fusion, John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra ruled the roost. This CD collects the first five, and most important albums of the group, showcasing their evolution from the quintet that did the first three LPs, and the personnel changes and texture expansions that further cemented McLaughlin's vision. Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire were groundbreaking efforts, while Between Nothingness & Eternity was a flawed live recording in New York City's Central Park as the band was about to split up. Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty replaced Jerry Goodman, the rhythm section was completely revamped, and orchestral settings were added to Apocalypse and Visions of the Emerald Beyond. This is a fine early view of a band that changed the face of modern jazz music, and this collection perfectly showcases the transition they made prior to their final dissolution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2007
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy Euro
  • UPC: 886971725322
  • Catalog Number: 717253
  • Sales rank: 25,190

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Meeting of the Spirits (6:53)
  2. 2 Dawn (5:11)
  3. 3 The Noonward Race (6:29)
  4. 4 A Lotus on Irish Streams (5:41)
  5. 5 Vital Transformation (6:17)
  6. 6 The Dance of Maya (7:18)
  7. 7 You Know You Know (5:09)
  8. 8 Awakening (3:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Birds of Fire (5:49)
  2. 2 Miles Beyond (4:47)
  3. 3 Celestial Terrestrial Commuters (2:54)
  4. 4 Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love (0:24)
  5. 5 Thousand Island Park (3:23)
  6. 6 Hope (1:59)
  7. 7 One Word (9:57)
  8. 8 Sanctuary (5:05)
  9. 9 Open Country Joy (3:56)
  10. 10 Resolution (2:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Thrilogy: Sunlit Path/La Mere de La Mer/Tomorrow's Story Not the Same [ (12:15)
  2. 2 Sister Andrea (8:44)
  3. 3 Dream (21:23)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Power of Love - Michael Tilson Thomas (4:17)
  2. 2 Vision Is a Naked Sword - Michael Tilson Thomas (14:22)
  3. 3 Smile of the Beyond - Michael Tilson Thomas (8:04)
  4. 4 Wings Of The Karma - Michael Tilson Thomas (6:09)
  5. 5 Hymn to Him - Michael Tilson Thomas (19:19)
Disc 5
  1. 1 The Eternity's Breath, Pt. 1 (3:09)
  2. 2 The Eternity's Breath, Pt. 2 (4:50)
  3. 3 Lila's Dance (5:36)
  4. 4 Can't Stand Your Funk (2:09)
  5. 5 Pastoral (3:41)
  6. 6 Faith (2:01)
  7. 7 Cosmic Strut (3:28)
  8. 8 If I Could See (1:17)
  9. 9 Be Happy (3:32)
  10. 10 Earth Ship (3:43)
  11. 11 Pegasus (1:48)
  12. 12 Opus 1 (0:24)
  13. 13 On the Way Home to Earth (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mahavishnu Orchestra Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jan Hammer Composer
John McLaughlin Composer
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