The Inner Mounting Flame

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Jazz-rock fusion - - as distinct from the jazz-funk character of the genre - - came to full fruition with The Inner Mounting Flame.Where the groundbreaking fusion recordings of Miles Davis were spacious and rambling and those of the Tony Williams Lifetime were often bumptious and diffuse, the debut recording from the soon-to-be-legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra offered compact, precisely arranged performances that unashamedly made use of the sonic intensity and aggressive rhythms of contemporary rock. Highlighting the breathtaking virtuosity of guitarist and group leader John McLaughlin (an integral associate of Miles Davis and a former member of Tony Williams Lifetime), drummer Billy Cobham, violinist Jerry Goodman ...
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Barnes & Noble
Jazz-rock fusion - - as distinct from the jazz-funk character of the genre - - came to full fruition with The Inner Mounting Flame.Where the groundbreaking fusion recordings of Miles Davis were spacious and rambling and those of the Tony Williams Lifetime were often bumptious and diffuse, the debut recording from the soon-to-be-legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra offered compact, precisely arranged performances that unashamedly made use of the sonic intensity and aggressive rhythms of contemporary rock. Highlighting the breathtaking virtuosity of guitarist and group leader John McLaughlin (an integral associate of Miles Davis and a former member of Tony Williams Lifetime), drummer Billy Cobham, violinist Jerry Goodman and the then-novel electronic keyboard wizardry of Jan Hammer, the Mahavishnu Orchestra had all the dramatic impact of the finest rock bands of the time, with the added plus of unparalleled musicianship. The gripping highpoints of THE INNER MOUNTING FLAME - - McLaughlin and Goodman divebombing through lightning fast unison passages or McLaughlin and the apparently super human Cobham going head to head - - offered a new jazz-rock sound that instantly sent the burgeoning fusion movement into overdrive. Steve Futterman
All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This is the album that made John McLaughlin a semi-household name, a furious, high-energy, yet rigorously conceived meeting of virtuosos that, for all intents and purposes, defined the fusion of jazz and rock a year after Miles Davis' Bitches Brew breakthrough. It also inadvertently led to the derogatory connotation of the word fusion, for it paved the way for an army of imitators, many of whose excesses and commercial panderings devalued the entire movement. Though much was made of the influence of jazz-influenced improvisation in the Mahavishnu band, it is the rock element that predominates, stemming directly from the electronic innovations of Jimi Hendrix. The improvisations, particularly McLaughlin's post-Hendrix machine-gun assaults on double-necked electric guitar and Jerry Goodman's flights on electric violin, owe more to the freakouts that had been circulating in progressive rock circles than to jazz, based as they often are on ostinatos on one chord. These still sound genuinely thrilling today on CD, as McLaughlin and Goodman battle Jan Hammer's keyboards, Rick Laird's bass, and especially Billy Cobham's hard-charging drums, whose jazz-trained technique pushed the envelope for all rock drummers. What doesn't date so well are the composed medium- and high-velocity unison passages that are played in such tight lockstep that they can't breathe. There is also time out for quieter, reflective numbers that are drenched in studied spirituality "A Lotus on Irish Streams" or irony "You Know You Know"; McLaughlin was to do better in that department with less-driven colleagues elsewhere in his career. Aimed with absolute precision at young rock fans, this record was wildly popular in its day, and it may have been the cause of more blown-out home amplifiers than any other record this side of Deep Purple.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/1998
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5099706552321
  • Catalog Number: 788287
  • Sales rank: 19,545

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John McLaughlin Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Track Performer
Jerry Goodman Violin
Jan Hammer Synthesizer, Piano
Rick Laird Bass
Mahavishnu Orchestra Track Performer
Billy Cobham Bass, Drums
Technical Credits
Jerry Goodman Contributor
Bob Belden Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Jan Hammer Contributor
Rick Laird Contributor
John McLaughlin Producer
Billy Cobham Contributor
Don Puluse Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Howard Fritzson Contributor, Art Direction
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Ron Coro Cover Design
Rob Schwarz Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fusion Masterpiece for the Ages... from beginning to end

    THIS WILL BLOW YOU AWAY!!! For any fusion fan, The Inner Mounting Flame is a must have. From the high powered intensity of the opening track, Meeting of the Spirits, to the flowing majesty of A Lotus on Irish Waters, McLaughlin's dynamics are better than ever. With the original Mahavishnu Orchestra, consisting of McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Rick Laird, and of course, Billy Cobham, this is great recording from beginning to end.

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