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Suck Less

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Grafted In; Suck Less; It's Probably Not Supposed To Do That; Lifted Up; Suit; Joy Jam; Lifted Up (Alternate Version); It's Probably Not Supposed To Do That (Alternate Version)

The Quarantined Sessions

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Quarantined; Let's Be Honest; Don't Assume


Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds Of Fire

Read "Birds Of Fire" reviewed by Alan Brooks

This review is a brief track-by-track survey of Mahavishnu Orchestra's BIRDS OF FIRE ('73). The title track, which commences the album, opens with cymbal, electric twelve string guitar, and synthesizer; then the bass and violin enter, playing the same ostinato. The machinegun speed 12(?) note guitar-violin duet that follows is the shrieking bird, and though 'blistering' ...


Mahavishnu Orchestra: Inner Mounting Flame/ Birds of Fire

Read "Inner Mounting Flame/ Birds of Fire" reviewed by Alan Brooks

John McLaughlin did more sophisticated offerings after leaving Mahavishnu Orchestra, and these are not my favorite recordings of his; yet The INNER MOUNTING FLAME and BIRDS OF FIRE work nicely as companion albums- I think of them as bookend fusion albums- sister recordings. Each album begins with its 'best' number ("Meeting Of The Spirits" on TIMF; ...


John McLaughlin/ Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame - Birds Of Fire

Read "The Inner Mounting Flame - Birds Of Fire" reviewed by Alan Brooks

This is a review of the similarities of The Inner Mounting Flame and Birds Of Fire, both performed by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, led by John McLaughlin, the guitarist and composer. The Inner Mounting Flame, originally released in 1971, and re-issued as a remaster in 1999, is the better of the two albums. Birds Of Fire, originally ...


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