most complete package to date of Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Columbia
the first time the complete recordings of the original Mahavishnu
Orchestra all in one package!
individual album is packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing
that album’s original cover art.
a bonus disc with 65 minutes of previously unreleased music from the
Between Nothingness And Eternity 1973 live shows in New York’s
Central Park. Staggering extended versions of “The Dance Of Maya”,
“Awakening”, and “One Word”, plus “Hope”, “You Know,
You Know”, “Stepping Tones” and “Vital Transformation”
contains the very rare bonus track, a 15 minute live version of
“Noonward Race” from the Mar Y Sol Festival in 1972 in Puerto
Mahavishnu Orchestra, in its original incarnation, lasted just four
years, but in that brief time, the pioneering quintet set both the
template and the high-water mark for fusion music. No band ever
rocked as hard in a jazzy place as guitarist John McLaughlin’s
had already built a firm reputation in his native England as a keen
improviser with blues and rock leanings when he was invited by
drummer Tony Williams in early 1969 to join him in New York. Almost
immediately, McLaughlin was swept up into the very epicenter of the
burgeoning fusion movement, appearing on – in 1969 alone – three
of the genre’s most significant recordings: Emergency! (by the
newly-formed Tony Williams Lifetime) and In a Silent Way and Bitches
Brew, the epochal Miles Davis albums that kick started fusion.
it was time for McLaughlin -- who, in his initial New York stay, had
quickly developed from a gifted player to a brilliant one -- to form
his own band, he brought together musicians who could apply
full-force rock energy to improvisatory jazz skill. Keyboardist Jan
Hammer, violinist Jerry Goodman, and drummer Billy Cobham were each
extravagant virtuosos eager to match McLaughlin at his own game;
bassist Rick Laird contained the passion with his steady bass lines.
Dubbed the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the new band released its debut
recording, The Inner Mounting Flame in August of 1971: fusion as we
know it was now fully born.
listeners raised on rock responded to the band's vitality and
extraordinary musicianship; before long The Mahavishnu Orchestra was
appearing with the likes of The Byrds and Aerosmith. Subsequent hit
albums built on The Inner Mounting Flame’s innovations; Hammer
added synthesizers to his arsenal, developing a keyboard style nearly
as influential as that of McLaughlin’s frenetic guitar work and
Cobham’s rumbling percussive attack. But it was nearly inevitable
that the life span of such a dynamic ensemble would be brief. The
Mahavishnu Orchestra threw down the gauntlet; fusioneers who followed
have been trying to catch up ever since.
marks the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the band and its
signing to Columbia Records.
the original classic line-up of the band led by John McLaughlin --
and including Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman and Rick
hit albums The Inner Mounting Flame and Birds Of Fire are here, along
with the band’s only live album Between Nothingness And Eternity,
plus the rare The Lost Trident Sessions.
Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
Of Fire (1973)
Lost Trident Sessions (1973)
Nothingness and Eternity (1974)
Disc: Unreleased Tracks From Between Nothingness & Eternity