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Mahavishnu Orchestra

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Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: 1971    

Mahavishnu Orchestra

Mahavishnu Orchestra - progressive jazz/fusion ensemble

John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra is considered by many to be the greatest Jazz-fusion group of all time. The group was formed in late 1970-early 1971 by McLaughlin, a brilliant guitarist with a jazz-rock pedigree that included work with the Graham Bond Organization in the mid-60s, and with the electrified Miles Davis on his landmark “Bitches Brew” LP in 1969.

The original Orchestra included Jan Hammer (later to score TV's “Miami Vice”) on keyboards, Jerry Goodman on violin, Rick Laird on bass, and Billy Cobham on drums. Signed with much hoopla to Columbia in 1971, they released two fabulous studio albums, “Inner Mounting Flame,” (’71) and “Birds of Fire,” (’72) along with a live ‘73 album, “Between Nothingness and Eternity.”...
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  • The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

    CBS/Sony
    2011
  • Live At Montreux 1984 / 1974

    CBS/Sony
    2007
  • Original Album Classics

    CBS/Sony
    2007
  • Visions of the Emerald Beyond

    Columbia Records
    2002
  • Between Nothingness and Eternity

    Columbia Records
    2002
  • Birds of Fire

    Columbia Records
    2002
  • The Inner Mounting Flame

    Sony-Legacy Music
    2002
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The Inner Mounting Flame
Columbia Records (1971)

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