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Original Album Classics Import


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  • Audio CD (November 12, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy Europe
  • ASIN: B000VWOV3O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Meeting Of The Spirits
2. Dawn
3. The Noonward Race
4. A Lotus on Irish Streams
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Birds Of Fire
2. Miles Beyond
3. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters
4. Hope
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Thrilogy: Sunlit Path/La Mere de La Mer/Tomorrow's Story Not the Same [
2. Sister Andrea [Live]
3. Dream [Live]
Disc: 4
1. Vision Is a Naked Sword
2. Smile of the Beyond
3. Power Of Love
4. Wings Of The Karma
See all 5 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. The Eternity's Breath, Pt. 2
2. Pastoral
3. Faith
4. If I Could See
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

2007 five CD set, a great installment in Sony/BMG's Original Album Classics series that brings together rare and out of print titles with some best sellers from the Sony/BMG Jazz catalog. Many of these albums have been unavailable on CD for some time and are sought after by collectors. Each set is presented in a high quality, rigid cardboard slipcase containing five 'vinyl replica' mini LP sleeves. This collection from the Jazz ensemble features the albums Inner Mounting Flame, Birds Of Fire, Between Nothingness & Eternity, Apocalypse and Visions Of The Emerald Beyond.

Customer Reviews

I can't get over the value of this package.
T. Fisher
Mahavishnu Orchestra is one of the greatest bands ever existed!
Luca
The music is absolutely 5 stars and all these discs sound good.
Richard Thompson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David Schulman on August 12, 2009
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I beleive the folks who gave this a one star review are missing the point. Here are the five greatest Mahavishnu Orchastra CDs, with original recording quality available in digital format for less than $19, instead of $35. For those of us who are old enough to have all the original albums, this is an ideal way to get all of them in digital format for cheap. Yes, they don't come with the liner notes; but if you want those, they're all available for free online. Or, if you insist on having them in hand, you can spend the $7 per CD and get them.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Moggio's on March 10, 2010
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I'm a "proghead" myself and hadn't gotten around to getting into Mahavishnu Orchestra yet. Blasphemy, I know. But then I saw this very affordable box set advertised on Amazon and thought that this just might be a good place to start. Before I bought this, I read reviews of this set from an ardent audiophile, on this very site. And he went to go on and on and on and on about how the packaging was substandard. I don't believe he even mentioned how great these discs sounded or how good the music was. Well, I'm here to tell everyone who's interested in checking out Mahavishnu, this IS a GREAT place to start. Not only do you get the exceptional drumming talents of Billy Cobham at play but you get to hear John Mclaughlin's command of the electric guitar and how, at times, he operates it like a machine gun! If I had to pick a favourite, their 1974 George Martin-produced album, "Apocalypse" which includes the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra), would be it. This is because of its somewhat quaint yet soothing characteristics. It's hard to describe Mahavishu's overall sound but if you dig long BUT melodic fusion jams, this box set probably has your name written all over it. And the fact that you get their first FIVE albums packaged together for less than $20, you just can't go wrong.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on February 20, 2009
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This collection is part of a series of popular rock and jazz artists who have five albums packaged together at a (mostly) competitive price. These are no frills - not a "limited edition" collectable - and a fantastic way for new fans to become acquainted with an artist and for others to replace vinyl editions without breaking the bank.

Each CD comes in a mini-LP sleeve and - from what I can gather - is a replica of the original, so any errors in any notes are not corrected. I guess that's a bonus for those who enjoy reading agate type...and then complaining about mistakes.

The albums are the five recorded from 1971 to 1975, which includes the fusion classics The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) and Birds of Fire (1973), the live Between Nothingness and Eternity (1973), the orchestral Apocalypse (1974) and Visions of the Emerald Beyond (1975).

The 1970s was an incredible decade for John McLaughlin and this collection nearly has the entire output from the band from this time period (a buyer is only missing Inner Worlds [1976], and The Lost Trident Sessions from 1973, which wasn't issued until 1999).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dennis G. Voss Jr. on December 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Mahavishnu Orchestra was a fusion project led by jazz guitarist John McLaughlin. Even on full-blown jazz records, McLaughlin's blistering solos contained clear rock influences; he owed as much to Jimi Hendrix as he owed to Grant Green or Kenny Burrell. But Mahavishnu allowed him to show that he could be a rock guitar god and so much more. Here's what you'll get from the boxed set:

1) Inner Mounting Flame (1972 studio release)
2) Birds of Fire (1973 studio release)
3) Between Nothingness and Eternity (1973 live release)

While the titles and album-sleeve poetry pointed east, the sound of his crunching rock quintet mostly pointed west: Billy Cobham on drums, Jerry Goodman on violin, a tasteful version of Jan Hammer on keyboard, and Rick Laird on bass. The early music lacked vocals, but rock fans might notice similarities to the jam portions of songs by early Black Sabbath or by Wetton-era King Crimson, especially on the first of the three quartet recordings.

4) Apocalypse (1974 studio release)

The quintet fell apart quickly. McLaughlin took a break to record a different sort of jazz-fusion album with Carlos Santana -- see Original Album Classics -- and then formed a new version of his group with much more emphasis on the "orchestra" part of the name. Not only did the group expand to an octet, if you go by the people listed in the liner notes, they teamed with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra (under the guidance of middle-brow impresario George Martin of Beatles fame) so that their jazzy excursions would have a classical-music backdrop.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Finefrock VINE VOICE on March 8, 2011
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This has been debated below to clearly polarizing effect. This is a classic case of you get what you pay for. I shelled out less than $20 to get a full dose of Fushion's finest and to me that's a good deal. Sure the packaging could certaily be better and liner notes would have been a nice thing, but it's the music that does it for me. My Mahavishnu collection consisted of some long disintegrated cassettes, so this was a real find. I'd call INNER MOUNTING FLAME and BIRDS OF FIRE true classics, with the live BETWEEN NOTHINGNESS AND ETERNITY a strong 4 star album. APOCOLYPSE and VISIONS are not as strong, but I'm still glad to own them and hope to explore them in further depth.
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