1972 was an incredible year for John McLaughlin (guitar), Jan Hammer (keyboards), Billy Cobham (drums), Jerry Goodman (violin) and Rick Laird (bass). As the Mahavishnu Orchestra, these five multi-talented musicians not only made up one of the first classic jazz / rock fusion outfits, but it they also delivered a masterpiece Birds Of Fire, one of the more successful albums of that year, catapulting them into the upper rungs of the album charts.
A true audiophile dream album come true, Birds Of Fire culminates the collective geniuses of these five players led by the haunting guitar licks of John McLaughlin into territories rarely heard and not seen since. Kicking things off with the mesmerizing title track Birds Of Fire, followed by McLaughlin's tribute to Miles Davis with Miles Beyond, the listener soon becomes intrigued with the stunning and powerful musical collaborations of this superstar quintet. There hasn't been anything like this since!
The new decade comes with an incredible gift to the serious audiophile and jazz / rock fusion collector as Friday Music is very proud to announce the 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of Birds Of Fire by The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Mastered impeccably from the original Columbia Records tapes by Joe Reagoso / Friday Music and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, and pressed painstakingly by RTI. This album sound as exciting as it did years ago, as it transcends generations of music lovers with our latest revisit to this limited edition masterpiece. Peace!(fridaymusic. com)