Mahavishnu Orchestra record their second studio album : ‘Birds of Fire’ (1973)

Mahavishnu Orchestra’s ‘Birds of Fire’ is the second studio (and the last by the original line-up) album recorded during August 1972 and released in March 1973 by C.B.S.

Track listing : 1.Birds of Fire (John McLaughlin) – 05:50 . 2.Miles Beyond (Miles Davis) – 04:47 . 3.Celestial Terrestrial Commuters (John McLaughlin) – 02:54 . 4.Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love (John McLaughlin) – 00:24 . 5.Thousand Island Park (John McLaughlin) – 03:23 . 6.Hope (John McLaughlin, Youssou N’Dour, Jean-Philippe Rykiel) – 01:59 . 7.One Word (John McLaughlin) – 09:57 . 8.Sanctuary (John McLaughlin) – 05:05 . 9.Open Country Joy (Bob Brookmeyer, John McLaughlin) – 03:56 . 10.Resolution (John McLaughlin) – 02:09 .

Musicians : John McLaughlin – Guitar . Rick Laird – Bass . Billy Cobham – Drums, Percussion . Jan Hammer – Keyboards, Moog synthesizer . Jerry Goodman – Violin .

Production Produced by Mahavishnu Orchestra . Ken Scott – Engineer . Jim Green Engineer . Mark Wilder Mastering .

Packaging : Urve Kuusik Photography .

Recorded August 1972 at CBS, New York, NY and Trident Studios, London, England .

Released in March 1973 by C.B.S.

There’s not truly a bad one on the album – almost everything seems to work here. The opening track, “Birds of Fire” steals the show – and it’s just the opening track – in its 6 minute entirety. […]

So let’s put it this way: Mahavishnu was a peyote fueled Dave Matthews Band, sans vocals, with 20 times the talent and influences plus a baddass seventies tube-amp swagger. […]

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Get the reissued CD; it is not merely jazzrock— it is the locus classicus of jazzROCK. Five Stars. […]


Mahavishnu Orchestra’s ‘Birds of Fire’



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