John McLaughlin & The Mahavishnu Orchestra (1969 - 1972)

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British guitarist John McLaughlin contributed to creating the bold new sound of Miles Davis's great proto-fusion works, In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. He was a member of what could be the first great fusion band, Tony Williams' Lifetime, and then founded what Ben Ratliff describes as "the ideal band for the time," the Mahavishnu Orchestra.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • John McLaughlin Quartet "Binky's Beam" from Extrapolation (Polydor) 3:31
  • John McLaughlin Quartet "Peace Piece" from Extrapolation (Polydor) 10:38
  • Host speaks12:24
  • Tony Williams Lifetime. "To Whom It May Concern—Them & Us" from (Turn It Over) (Polydor) 13:42
  • Host speaks 20:57
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra "Awakening" from Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia) 24:37
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra "You Know, You Know" from Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia) 28:04
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra "A Lotus On Irish Streams" from Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia) 33:10
  • Host speaks 38:45
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra "Birds of Fire" from Birds of Fire (Columbia) 41:09
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra "One Word" from Birds of Fire (Columbia) 46:47
  • Host Outro 56:38

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