Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
269

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

By

Sign in to view read count Views
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 released in 1973, and re-issued as a remaster in 2000, continues some of The Inner Mounting Flame 's themes. The first track of each album is generally considered the 'best' of each disc; and the track "Birds of Fire" is a re-make of the song on The Inner Mounting Flame titled "Meeting Of The Spirits". Both tracks share a not-dissimilar bass-violin ostinato, and swirling background chords. The guitar-violin duet on each are also not all that different. Still the tracks are different enough from each other to make each worthwhile.

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.


Track Listing:

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 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Talking 2 Musicians
Building a Jazz Library
Live Reviews
Book Reviews
Talking 2 Musicians
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
The Boston Record
The Boston Record
Abstract Logix
2014
buy
Now Here This
Now Here This
Abstract Logix
2013
buy
[no cover]
Mahavishnu
Challenge Jazz
2013
buy
Now Here This
Now Here This
Abstract Logix
2012
buy
To The One
To The One
Abstract Logix
2010
buy
John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension: To The One
John McLaughlin and...
Abstract Logix
2010
buy
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
Chick Corea Chick Corea
piano
Al Di Meola Al Di Meola
guitar
John Scofield John Scofield
guitar
Charlie Haden Charlie Haden
bass, acoustic
Jim Hall Jim Hall
guitar
Larry Coryell Larry Coryell
guitar

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.