Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire
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Iai
Emeritus
October 26th 2004



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If you're into McLaughlin's guitar playing more than Mahivishnu Orchestra's music, I thoroughly recommend Friday Night In San Francisco. It features Al Di Meola, and Paco De Lucia too. It's dynamite.

Zappa
October 26th 2004



355 Comments


Or his album "Extrapolation."

I haven't heard this particular Mahavishnu album, but I have always assumed it's as much a pissing contest as "Inner Mounting Flame," so I've stayed away.

Manimal
October 26th 2004



9 Comments


Can anyone send me the song "Celestial Terrestial Commuters" on aim? I want to hear this song and i cant find it.

Woodstock
January 17th 2005



154 Comments


Great review, Miles Beyond is easily the best song on the album.

acdc91something
April 4th 2005



26 Comments


Birds of Fire














What am I doing down here?



GuitarULike
August 15th 2005



5 Comments


My favorite Mahavishnu album. Why isn't there more music like this these days?

Apathy
September 14th 2005



645 Comments


I've heard Birds of Fire. COMPLETELY unimpressed. McLaughlin's playing is sloppy and the riff is pretty dumb, and the whole song just seems contrived ie. weird for the sake of being weird. I've heard this song is intentionally sloppy, but why someone would try to sound bad is beyond me.

M A D R I G A L
September 15th 2005



103 Comments


Excellent album, excellent band, excellent review! Good job man!

El Coyote
February 10th 2006



4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is timeless. Your commentary of Thousand Island Park is dead on. That's probably the best track on the album.

M7S
February 12th 2006



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the most amazing albums ever.

And one of my favorite bands.

Med57
Moderator
February 12th 2006



1001 Comments


Good album, but probably not their best. It suffers from a problem that a lot of jazz fusion has, namely that it can be quite inaccessible and dry if you've never really listened to ten genre before.

nobodyblossomsforever
February 12th 2006



63 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow I didn't know that Celestial Terrestrial Commuters was in 19/8 time.

FistfulOfSteel
March 31st 2006



894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just listened to Birds of Fire (song), and his style almost reminds me of Beck (Jeff that is). Amazing album, even though I havent heard alot of it. I can tell this is gonna be great.

nowhesingsnowhesobs
April 17th 2006



1 Comments


This was a dissapointment, which is why it's the only Mahavishnu album I own. As great as Sanctuary is most of the album is pretty poor. One of the key reasons for my disappointment was the amount of hype McLaughlin gets on the intrawebz. To be honest, I feel that the album is not up to much compositionally, and Johnny Mac wasn't anywhere near as mind-blowing as I expected. Although I'll admit this isn't a rigorous observation much of his soloing seems to be noisy pentatonic wank but in an odd time signature. The whole affair is pretty dated, with mysticism and Moogs abounding.

Still, Billy Cobham is the fucking pwn.This Message Edited On 04.17.06This Message Edited On 04.17.06

Yield
May 19th 2007



626 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is wonderful. Billy Cobham's solo on "One Word" is awesome.

FR33L0RD
January 28th 2008



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bump
Masterpiece

rattlehead42147
January 28th 2008



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

obviously you guys are idiots. I stomped my copy of this talentless album and cranked up the 'Bizkit.

Fred Durst > John McLaughlinThis Message Edited On 01.28.08

FR33L0RD
January 29th 2008



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^^^^ ;) that was funny.

MrKite
January 29th 2008



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is awesome, but I prefer The Inner Mounting Flame.

alphamonkey
September 16th 2008



27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need to let it grow on me, as I just got it yesterday. It's already a 4 in my book, but maybe with a little more listening I can appreciate it for what the reviewer says it's worth, a 5.



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