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Inner mounting flame (1971, & John McLaughlin) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B006LCC54A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To continue the biblical metaphor, Inner Mounting Flame is The Book of Revelations.
John Palmer
With its complex arrangements, tight musicianship, and changes in momentum, this album is one of the most adventurous not only in jazz, but in recorded music period.
John Alapick
Highly energetic playing from Cobham, fast soloing from McLaughlin, as well as the swapping of instrumental lines between each member of the band.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on December 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Mahavishnu Orchestra's 1971 debut album _The Inner Mounting Flame_ is a treasure in the world of fusion. It's rhythmically complex and involved, but dynamic and fiery. Jazz-inflected rock made accessible to nearly anyone who appreciates rock with sophistication. But, sophisticated doesn't necessarily mean feeble, as this music is bursting with energy and intensity.

Guitarist John McLaughlin (who had worked with Miles Davis not too long before this album and band came together) composed all of these tracks, which are spirituality-oriented - as evidenced by some of the song titles. These spiritual leanings can be latched onto, or they can simply be ignored - intentionally or inadvertently, either way, the music is powerful enough to outweigh any cogitation on the underlying motives of the music. It more than likely will grab hold of you in the biggest way possible, regardless of your disposition towards spirituality. While virtuosic musicianship is abound, you'd be challenged to call this nothing more than a tasteless exhibition of technical prowess. There's plenty of meat with flavor in this smorgasbord.

"Meeting of the Spirits" opens up with a suspended musical atmosphere, full of ominous tension, and fairly explosive drum pyrotechnics from Billy Cobham. What follows is a slightly angular, yet tasty rhythmic combo comprised of passionate guitar soloing from McLaughlin, tasteful, complementary violin work, thumping basslines, and flavor-filled snare hits from Cobham. Of course, his snare drumming is not the only thing impressive here, and on the album in general. An excellent opener.

"Dawn" is an extremely beautiful ballad-like number with a 7/4-ish rhythm, and exhibits subtle touches of R&B, jazz and modern classical.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on June 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Having just recorded with Miles Davis (Tribute to Jack Johnson, 1971), guitarist extraordinaire John McLaughlin and thunderous drummer Billy Cobham joined together with Jan Hammer (electric and acoustic piano), violinist Jerry Goodman, and electric/acoustic bassist Rick Laird to produce this remarkable 1971 debut. The approach taken on the Inner Mounting Flame fused the energy of rock with an admixture of jazz, resulting in a rock-jazz hybrid (with an emphasis on the rock side of the equation).

The music on this album simply burns and at times the intensity is frightening. Odd meters abound (e.g. 5/8, 9/8, although even more exotic meters are used), with numerous and hairpin metric shifts and some really weird root movements. McLaughlin plays with such passion, volume, and sheer speed that he makes contemporary electric guitar "shredmasters" look like they are moving in slow motion...or simply asleep. Although this album really knocks you for a loop, there are also some great grooves and quieter, more calm and reflective moments (A Lotus on Irish Streams). All of the guys in the band are excellent musicians and most importantly, they listen to one another - as a result there is some excellent interplay, especially between McLaughlin, Hammer, and Goodman. Cobham of course is a true virtuoso and his superb technique never ceases to amaze. Last but not least, bassist Rick Laird is the anchor in the band and keeps everybody from launching into orbit around the Earth.

The remastering of this album is OK and features some detailed liner notes and good sound quality. Of course, as somebody who once owned this on vinyl, the CD will never hold the same magic, but the music will always be incredible, no matter what format it is presented in.

This landmark recording is very highly recommended along with the follow-up album Birds of Fire (1973).
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In 1971 when Mahavishnu John McLaughlin formed a band with Jerry Goodman (violin), Jan Hammer (keyboards), Rick Laird (bass) and Billy Cobham (drums), he probably had no idea of what was to come. With the exception of the Beatles in the pop world, no group of musicians had a bigger influence on music than the Mahavishnu Orchestra. In a very short period of time they forever changed the musical landscape. There probably isn't a guitarist, keyboard player or drummer today, who wasn't influenced directly or indirectly by McLaughlin, Hammer and Cobham.
The remastered CD of their debut album THE INNER MOUNTING FLAME is a true gem. Yes, the music is the same; "Dance Of Maya" is still mesmerizing with its complex rhythms and melodies, "Vital Transformation" is still mind blowing by its incredible tempo and orchestral themes and "Lotus On An Irish Stream" is as beautiful as ever and showcases the acoustic side of these electric pioneers. However, for the first time it can be heard as if you were in the studio with the band. The original LP was probably compressed in the mastering process due to the limitations of vinyl. When it first became available on CD several years ago it was a marked improvement from the vinyl LP but the dynamic range was still limited. After one listening to this remastered CD I felt as if I had heard it for the first time.
This album is a must for any serious music listener. You don't have to be into jazz, progressive rock or fusion to appreciated it, but if you are, it is surely to be one of your favorite albums. Let's hope that Sony is going to release a remastered CD of the band's second mastrpiece BIRDS OF FIRE.
For all of you Mahavishnu fans and soon to be fans what was once rumor is now a fact.
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