The Inner Mounting Flame – Mahavishnu Orchestra – 1971


Album The Inner Mounting Flame by the Mahavishnu Orchestra
Album The Inner Mounting Flame by the Mahavishnu Orchestra

“The Inner Mounting Flame” is the debut studio album by the jazz fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra, released in 1971. The band was founded by British jazz guitarist John McLaughlin and featured a lineup of highly skilled musicians who combined elements of jazz, rock, and Eastern musical influences to create a unique and innovative sound.

The album is considered a groundbreaking work in the fusion genre, blending intricate compositions with virtuosic instrumental performances. “The Inner Mounting Flame” showcases the technical prowess of the musicians involved and their ability to merge complex time signatures, fast tempos, and improvisational elements.

Some of the notable tracks on the album include “Meeting of the Spirits,” “The Noonward Race,” and “You Know You Know.” These songs demonstrate the band’s dynamic range, with moments of intense energy and moments of introspection.

John McLaughlin’s guitar work is a central element of the album, characterized by his fast and precise playing, as well as his ability to seamlessly blend different musical styles. The band’s use of instruments like electric violin and synthesizers adds to the album’s distinct sound.

“The Inner Mounting Flame” was well-received by both fans and critics, and it played a significant role in shaping the jazz fusion genre. The album’s influence can still be heard in the work of many contemporary fusion and progressive rock musicians.

The Inner Mounting Flame is considered to be one of the most important albums of the jazz fusion era. It is a seminal work that helped to define the genre and has influenced countless other artists. The album is also a popular choice for drum solos, as Cobham’s drumming is considered to be some of the most innovative and exciting in jazz history.


  • John McLaughlin – guitar
  • Rick Laird – bass
  • Billy Cobham – drums, percussion
  • Jan Hammer – keyboards, organ
  • Jerry Goodman – violin

Source: Wikipedia

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