Mahavishnu Orchestra
The Inner Mounting Flame


5.0
classic

Review

by StrangelyBrewed13 USER (2 Reviews)
January 20th, 2006 | 100 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist


The Mahavishnu Orchestra's 1971 debut album "Inner Mounting Flame" is a gem in the world of jazz fusion. The rhythms are complex, but dynamic and with passion. The music is quite sophisticated but not to be called "feeble".

All tracks on the album were composed by guitarist John McLaughlin and all the tracks are heavily influenced by spirituality as most song titles would suggest. Regardless of how the spiritual side is taken (or not taken for that matter) the album still gripping enough to grab hold of anyone in the biggest way. Pushing virtuoso musicianship by all parts but still bringing forward more than a tasteless display of technical playing.

The opening track "Meeting of the Spirits" opens with a bang filling the atmosphere with tension and omniscity. What follows is tasty work form each member, thumping bass lines, catchy keyboard, complex drum work from Cobham, and slightly one side guitar solos over the orchestral main riff. A most excellent opening track.

"Dawn" is more an exploration into the jazz, and R&B roots with a hint of classical when Goodmen comes in on violin. The song is dominated by a fast passed, passionate solo by McLaughlin over the slow chord progression in 7/4 time. The song speeds up and we find Goodman coming in with a violin solo. Truly a great song that brings it down a little bit after the electrifying opener.

"The Noonward Race" is extremely fast paced and truly show of McLaughlin’s interest in Jimi Hendrix. The keyboard solo is amazing as it is played over the catchy bass line. We find every member trading instrumental focus. The song is probably the highlight of the album and a great showcase of each members musicianship.

"Lotus on the Irish Streams" is a welcomed departure from the fast paced energy that proceeds it. The definite focus of the song is Goodman's violin playing, but McLaughlin is not to be stopped from playing a fast solo underneath. The song soon sheds the spotlight to Hammer who gives us a beautiful keyboard solo before the song ends. Truly brilliant.

"Vital Transformation" shows us the most groove driven track on the entire album starting with an orgasmic drum solo before McLaughlin comes in with a dueling match between his guitar and the violin. The song has short moments of tranquility sort of like the eyes of a powerful song before going back to the original groove of the piece. Although McLaughlin is the focus of the piece, Cobhams drumming skill is truly showcased.

"The Dance of the Maya" starts of with a haunting melodic lines over the tricky rhythmic pattern the piece begins to fully evolve to a fast blues jam. The loud 10/8 drumming of Cobham is a definite focus of the song even while McLaughlin has a double tracked guitar solo. We can here many subtle rhythm tricks all of them very difficult.

"You know, You know" is a slow jam focusing on an emotional keyboard solo over a slow and heartfelt violin riff. The bass slowly gets faster as McLaughlin throws in brief and energetic guitar sounds (sorry I don’t really know how to say what he’s doing you're just going to have to listen).
The song is truly excellent.

"Awakening" is one of the greatest album finales you'll ever hear. Each member starts trading off starting with violin then keyboard then guitar. You could tell these guys were saving everything they had for the last track. The album dies down and we here a great drum solo from Cobham. The song is the shortest on the album but the most energetic. Great finale.

If virtuoso musicianship that would make both jazz and rock players blush excites you better buy this funking album.


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StrangelyBrewed13
January 20th 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hope it wasnt too short.

Med57
Moderator
January 20th 2006


1001 Comments


Nah, that's fine, especially for a first review. I like this album...one of their best in my opinion, even though I wouldn't give it a 5. McLaughlin really stands out on it though.

StrangelyBrewed13
January 20th 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I guess that's just where we agree to disagree.

Manticore Guy
January 31st 2006


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Definetely deserves a 5, a great, great work of art.

M7S
February 12th 2006


13 Comments


Amazing album, good first review as well.

Keep the good work up man.

Krabsworth
February 19th 2006


31 Comments


This album is my first Mahavishnu album, I love it lots. The first intense bars of,"The Noonward Race," are so awesome,as with the rest of the song and album.

pulseczar
April 1st 2006


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album


blows my mind.

Ephemeral
April 15th 2006


144 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is simply incredible. It changed the way I look at the way I play guitar.

Amp'd
May 4th 2006


33 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good stuff on this album

Whale and Wasp
July 20th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love this album; mahavishnu is different from anything else ive ever heard

Yield
October 5th 2006


626 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've listened to this along with Heavy Weather by Weather Report and it's wonderful. I love the guitar work and the violinist is wonderful.This Message Edited On 10.30.06

711
October 5th 2006


1341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I guess you are happy I let you burn it ;)
This is an absolutely excellent album. I love how it goes from the spazzy, fast-past "Noonward Race" to the beatiful, relaxing classical peice "A Lotus On Irish Streams". Amazing


Yield
October 5th 2006


626 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes, i am very happy. Thank you so much. I love you...This Message Edited On 10.05.06

711
October 5th 2006


1341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love you...

:naughty:

rockstar18
October 25th 2006


741 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i brought this album yesderday..and wot a g8 buy! every instrument shines on this album its an must buy for any musican who takes their music serouisly! or even just ppl who loves listenin 2 music in genral! This Message Edited On 10.25.06

grungeguy88
March 6th 2007


788 Comments


I listened to this, and when I tried to follow the drumming timing, my brain popped.

linxer
September 25th 2007


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is awesome, i just love it, the guitar work is exelent as the rest of the band.

MrKite
January 28th 2008


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is making math a lot easier to study.

FR33L0RD
November 11th 2008


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent Album
This Message Edited On 11.11.08

Motiv3
August 5th 2010


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band is great



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