Mahavishnu Orchestra – Inner Mounting Flame VG+/G+

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“Inner Mounting Flame” is a groundbreaking debut album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, released on August 14, 1971. This record stands as a monumental work in the fusion genre, blending elements of jazz, rock, Indian classical music, and Western classical music into a cohesive, innovative whole.

The Mahavishnu Orchestra, led by the virtuoso guitarist John McLaughlin, was known for its technical prowess and emotive compositions. McLaughlin, who had previously worked with Miles Davis and Tony Williams, brought a deep understanding of jazz improvisation and a fiery guitar style influenced by his studies of Indian music and spirituality.

The album itself is characterized by complex rhythms, lightning-fast guitar and violin lines (the latter masterfully played by Jerry Goodman), and a dynamic interplay between the musicians. Billy Cobham’s powerful and intricate drumming, Jan Hammer’s innovative use of the electric piano and synthesizers, and Rick Laird’s steady bass lines all contribute to a sound that was both ahead of its time and deeply rooted in musical traditions.

Tracks like “Meeting of the Spirits” and “Dawn” showcase the band’s ability to blend serene, meditative passages with explosive, high-energy improvisations. The compositions are often complex, featuring odd time signatures and extended solo sections that push the boundaries of conventional music forms.

“Inner Mounting Flame” was not just a critical success; it also had a significant impact on musicians and listeners alike. Its fusion of genres and technical mastery paved the way for numerous bands and artists in the fusion and progressive rock scenes. The album’s legacy continues to influence musicians and remains a seminal work in the history of jazz-rock fusion.

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Cat No: SOPL10

Japanese pressing. No Obi.

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