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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 (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the most energetic, fast-paced, virtuosic track on the album.
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
To continue the biblical metaphor, Inner Mounting Flame is The Book of Revelations.
John Palmer

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57 of 59 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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25 of 27 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. McKenna on March 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are just some experiences you NEVER forget, and for me, at age 15 was hearing this groundbreaking disc by The Mahavishnu Orchestra! My initial impressions were of complete awe, even a bit of terror, wonderment, curiosity and a determination to get my brain around this frighteningly intense yet very spiritual and lofty music. Years later, it STILL stirs many of those same feelings for me.

One of the most striking things aside from the music itself (a very natural, unforced vet fierce melding of Coltrane, Hendrix, blues and Indian ragas) was John McLaughlin's choice of musicians. Jerry Goodman was the only member of MO Mk I that had no previous jazz experience, yet was able to integrate his classical, folk and rock sensibilities into the mix very beautifully! Jan Hammer bought to the table an incredibly varied and colorful piano style and even turned in some SMOKING organ and Rhodes (a shame he didn't play more organ, he sounded GREAT on it!). Drummer Billy Cobham had just the right balance of sheer technique and soul (having logged in time with Miles Davis and James Brown among others). Bassist Rick Laird provided a solid bedrock for the others to build on, yet if you listened closely, he played very melodically in an understated way. Five VERY headstrong musical personalities like this coming together made for some exciting musical fireworks AND for some serious personal tensions (which would blow the band apart a couple years later), but in that brief time, revlutionized music!

1. Meeting Of The Spirits - Beginning with a powerful introduction of mysterious chords and swirling sounds, the band calls us to higher loftier realms, with McLaughlin playing EVERY NOTE as if his life dpended on it. Great opener with mesmerizing power and ferocity!

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