The Inner Mounting Flame is the debut studio album by multinational jazz-rock fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra, released in August 1971 by Columbia Records. After their formation, the group performed several debut gigs before they entered the studio to record their first album featuring all original material written by guitarist John McLaughlin.
Mahavishnu Orchestra. The Inner Mounting Flame. This is the album that made John McLaughlin a semi-household name, a furious, high-energy, yet rigorously conceived meeting of virtuosos that, for all intents and purposes, defined the fusion of jazz and rock a year after Miles Davis' Bitches Brew breakthrough. It also inadvertently led to the derogatory connotation of the word fusion, for it paved the way for an army of imitators, many of whose excesses and commercial panderings devalued the entire movement.
When The Mahavishnu Orchestra's debut album appeared in 1971, jazz-rock fusion was still a revolutionary idea. guitar demon John McLaughlin and . drummer Billy Cobham took the ideas they'd absorbed (and helped initiate) working on the Big Bang of fusion, Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; they expanded them into a more (but band-based) format. They were helped in this endeavor by jazz bassist Rick Laird, violinist Jerry Goodman, and burgeoning keyboard phenom Jan Hammer.
1 Meeting Of The Spirits 6:52 2 Dawn 5:10 3 Noonward Race 6:28 4 A Lotus On Irish Streams 5:39 5 Vital Transformation 6:16 6 The Dance Of Maya 7:17 7 You Know, You Know 5:07 8 Awakening 3:32. The Inner Mounting Flame (with John McLaughlin), 2012. Mahavishnu Orchestra. Meeting of the Spirits, 06:51. The Noonward Race, 06:28.
The Inner Mounting Flame was the first album which totally captured the power of hard rock and the freewheeling improvisational aspects of jazz. Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, and Tony Williams' Lifetime had tried something like this with some success in previous years. It was no mistake McLaughlin was attached to all three of those efforts. But none of that output captured the spirit like the Mahavishnu Orchestra's 1971 recording The Inner Mounting Flame. Who were these guys anyway? John McLaughlin was an up and coming European jazz guitarist who recently had been best known for some far-out playing with Miles. Soon he would become a guitar god. Billy Cobham was an ex-marching band drummer from Panama who had played with the great Horace Silver and in the important band Dreams.
The Inner Mounting Flame is a music studio album recording by MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA (Jazz ive Rock) released in 1971 on cd, lp, vinyl and/or cassette. 1. Meeting Of The Spirits (6:52) 2. Dawn (5:10) 3. Noonward Race (6:28) 4. A Lotus On Irish Streams (5:39) 5. Vital Transformation (6:16) 6. The Dance Of Maya (7:17) 7. You Know, You Know (5:07) 8. Awakening (3:32).
|A1||Meeting Of The Spirits||6:50|
|A3||The Noonward Race||6:27|
|A4||A Lotus On Irish Streams||5:41|
|B2||The Dance Of Maya||7:15|
|B3||You Know You Know||5:06|
- Manufactured By – CBS Gramophone Records & Tapes (India) Ltd.
- Published By – Chinmoy Music, Inc.
- Bass – Rick Laird
- Composed By – John McLaughlin
- Design [Album] – Ron Coro
- Drums – Billy Cobham
- Engineer – Don Puluse
- Guitar – John McLaughlin
- Photography By – Anthony Hixon
- Piano – Jan Hammer
- Producer – John McLaughlin
- Violin – Jerry Goodman
Notes(C) 1982 CBS Gramophone Records & Tapes India Ltd.
(P) 1982 Manufactured By CBS Gramophone Records & Tapes India Ltd., Dalamal Towers, 11th Floor, Nariman Point, Bombay 400 021 India
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Runout Stamped): P AL 31067-3AC COLUMBIA NY
- Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Runout Etched): P BL 31067-3J
|KC 31067||The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin||The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame (LP, Album)||Columbia||KC 31067||US||1971|
|S 64717, CBS 64717||The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin||The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame (LP, Album, RE, Ora)||CBS, CBS||S 64717, CBS 64717||Greece||Unknown|
|PC 31067||Mahavishnu Orchestra||The Inner Mounting Flame (LP, Album, RE)||Columbia||PC 31067||US||Unknown|
|none||The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin||The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame (9xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM, 24b)||Columbia, Legacy||none||2012|
|PC 31067, 31067||The Mahavishnu Orchestra* with John McLaughlin||The Mahavishnu Orchestra* with John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame (LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180)||Speakers Corner Records, Speakers Corner Records||PC 31067, 31067||Germany||2008|