TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the September 2019 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
High Quality Pure Analogue 180g Virgin Vinyl LP!
Of the three 'incarnations' by the spiritually inspired Mahavishnu Orchestra, the first is the most full-bodied. The enlightened John McLaughlin and his musicians were immortalized through their début album "The Inner Mounting Flame", which was included in the list of the 100 Best Jazz Albums; a short time later they recorded their highly concentrated studio compilation "Birds Of Fire". Long before todays saleably labeled World Music, the quintet set the standards for a meaningful amalgamation of dynamic rock with complex Indian rhythms and occidental conventions. Already in the title piece, the musicians combine a sharpened Hendrix style with expansive melodies, and with smacking grooves and fine riffs draw all that is grand in jazz ("Miles Beyond") into the musical center. With almost chamber-music-like density, "Thousand Island Park" blossoms out in soft colors, whilst as a contrast unremittingly flowing cascades in "Hope" search desperately for their destination.
It is thrilling how finely weighed patterns ("One Word") escalate to techno-like violin playing and how the listener is invited to take part in an inner procession in the following "Sanctuary". After such soaring heights, we are brought back to earth with a familiar funky sound in a popular, pastoral vein ("Open Country Joy") before taking off abruptly once again: in the final piece, "Resolution" with its slowly rising carpets of sound, all that is sublime in New Music conquers over world cultures.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head.
• 180g High Quality Vinyl
• Pure Analogue
• Made from the original, analogue mastertapes
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Faithful reproduction of original artwork and label
John McLaughlin, guitar
Rick Laird, bass
Billy Cobham, percussion
Jerry Goodman, violin
Jan Hammer, keyboards, Moog
1. Birds Of Fire
2. Miles Beyond
3. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters
4. Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love
5. Thousand Island Park
1. One Word
3. Open Country Joy
Recorded August 1972 at Trident Studios, London
The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire - 180g