John McLaughlin/ Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame - Birds Of Fire
The second tracks on each disc ("Dawn" on TIMF; and "Miles Beyond" on BOF, are probably the most accessible tracks on each- though they are very different from each other. The later album is a more Rock-oriented disc and "Miles Beyond" is a Rock number. "Dawn" is more of a jazz track, built around McLaughlin's nimble lead guitar. The third traclks on each album ("The Noonward Race" on TIMF; and "Celestial Terrestrial Commuters" on BOF) were probably the most difficult to play. Excluding a 21 second synthesizer piece, the fourth numbers on each album ("A Lotus On Irish Streams" [TIMF] and "Thousand Island Park" [BOF]) are the 'classical' tracks on each recording.
The fifth numbers of each disc ("Vital Transformation" [TIMF] and "One Word" [BOF]) are the performance showpieces of each album. There the similarities end.
The Inner Mounting Flame: "Meeting of The Spirits"; "Dawn; "The Noonward Race"; "A Lotus On Irish Streams"; "Vital transformation"; "The Dance of Maya", "You Know You Know"; "Awakening".
Birds Of Fire: "Birds Of Fire"; "Miles Beyond"; "Celestial Terrestrial Commuters"; "Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love"; "Thousand Island Park"; "One Word'; "sanctuary"; "Open Country Joy"; "Resolution".
Personnel: John McLaughlin (guitars); Jan Hammer (keyboards); Billy Cobham (drums); Jerry Goodman (violin); Rick Laird (bass)
Record Label: Sony-Legacy Music