Mahavishnu Orchestra
The Inner Mounting Flame


5.0
classic

Review

by Hernan M. Campbell STAFF
July 6th, 2012 | 82 replies | 5,730 views


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The lighting of a fire.

Flourishes of absolute intensity, exuded by a spellbinding union of musical components bounded together by the intimate synergy of its musicians- The Inner Mounting Flame provides a performance that is truly mesmerizing. The music comes at us with an excessive release of spontaneous energy, induced by boisterous instrumentation and complex musicianship. The album opens with a marvelous overture, "Meeting Of The Spirits". This song is a passage through dextrous and innovative musical segments that are embellished with elaborate solos from guitarist and lead composer, John McLaughlin. The backing instruments establish a rhythmic landscape for John McLaughlin to work from, allowing him to erupt with a barrage of solos that are coordinated with such adroit musicianship.

Of course, John McLaughlin's guitar work may be the centerpiece of The Mahavishnu Orchestra, but the other musicians provide an equally captivating performance. Jerry Goodman's violin arrangements effectively compliment John McLaughlin's guitar work, with both instruments collaborating at a level that is truly incendiary. But I must also mention Billy Cobham's drumming. He always provides such innovative percussive rhythms, eruptively dynamic, yet orchestrated with such effective prowess. As I said before, The Inner Mounting Flame is fueled by ebullient performances. "Vital Transformation" and "The Noonward Race", for example, are driven by an overabundance of hyperactive instrumentation. "Vital Transformation", in particular, is yet another highlight from the album. Everybody is just on fire in this one, especially John McLaughlin and Jerry Goodman, who are bombarding our senses with grandiose solos.

As we venture further into the album's content, voyaging through all of the aggression and spasticity, we are surprised to discover a gentler side. "A Lotus On Irish Streams" serves as a lovely interlude that takes us away from Jazz music all together, leaving us to lose ourselves in the delicacy of this beautiful acoustic ballad. "Dawn" is another much more mellifluous piece, but has a much more abstract orchestration. It opens with a very relaxing tempo before blossoming into a more elevated, yet restrained, climax. The Inner Mounting Flame is a classic, and a defining album in Jazz Fusion. One of the interesting aspects of the album is that it features no wind instruments, a rather unusual quality for a Jazz album, but because of its more rock-oriented sound it has also proven to be influential in several other genres outside of Jazz music. The Inner Mounting Flame is landmark effort and a template for all future musical acts aspiring to venture into Jazz Fusion.



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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2012



4383 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've been listening to this all day. I thought id review it before I focus all of my attention on the Weather Report.

KILL
July 6th 2012



70621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit yes

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

KILL
July 6th 2012



70621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

true rock lives

rockandmetaljunkie
July 6th 2012



3302 Comments


Stunning work mate, have a pos.
I havent heard these guys, but i'm sure they must rule.
You describe this album, like it is the best thing eva

KILL
July 6th 2012



70621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

havent heard mahiahfuiahdf orchestra wtf dude you arent rock

rockandmetaljunkie
July 6th 2012



3302 Comments


Dude, there is so much music out there...

Tyrael
July 6th 2012



20740 Comments


it's no Submotion Orchestra

KILL
July 6th 2012



70621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you used to be cool bro what happened

Tyrael
July 6th 2012



20740 Comments


Nothing

this is great but I like Birds of Fire a bit more

KILL
July 6th 2012



70621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

same both make my chode tingle

BirthRite
July 6th 2012



1318 Comments


decent review a little short, it's hard for me to give praise to people who review albums that already have a review but ok

YoYoMancuso
July 6th 2012



10889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review pos'd

Nagrarok
July 6th 2012



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules hard, definitely beats Birds of Fire.

ZedO
July 6th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

need to re-listen to this...

pos'd hard

Yazz_Flute
July 6th 2012



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This and Birds of Fire are so good.

Not a huge fan of Weather Report, however.

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

BirthRite
July 6th 2012



1318 Comments


album is excellent

BirthRite
July 6th 2012



1318 Comments


and what makes you so sure of that sonic

MeatSalad
July 6th 2012



14195 Comments


dayyyuuuuummm

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2012



4383 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for all the good feedback everyone.

@Rockandmetal
I highly recommend it to you, as I'm certain that you will really like this.

BirthRite
July 6th 2012



1318 Comments


"yo mama"

and so your immaturity continues



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