Thursday, May 09, 2013

Mahavishnu Orchestra
"Birds of Fire" (Vinyl)

For some reason, one will invariably only be aware of what is happening during one's conscious existence.  Meaning, we're blissfully ignorant that musical exploration into genre-bending ensembles was taking place decades before I was born.

This album, the second released by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, was released in 1973.  After this album there was a major personnel upset, so you could consider this album to be Mahavishnu 1.0.

Bandleader John McLaughlin wrote all of the music on this album and is featured on a (legitimate) double-neck guitar.  Also making notable entries into musical history: Jerry Goodman on electric violin and Jan Hammer playing the Moog synthesizer.

Officially, this would be called jazz fusion, but once you're in the middle of this record you realize everyone here is enjoying their music immeasurably; there's no need for classification.

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