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Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame CD (album) cover


Mahavishnu Orchestra


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.27 | 889 ratings

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2 stars Let me begin by saying that I like nearly everything on this record. Why only two stars then? Because the one thing I don't like is so glaringly persistent that it ruins everything else. That thing is John McLaughlin. How this guitarist ever managed to get a gig with Miles Davis is beyond me. Don't get me wrong. The rhythm section is amazing. The keyboards, violin, bass and drums are all played with tight virtuosity and their improvisation is inspired. I am particularly impressed with Jerry Goodman's playing, and that's saying something for me because I don't even like Jazz. McLaughlin, however, is a hack. His solos make no sense at all in relation to what's going on behind him. He just crams as many notes in as he can without caring which notes they are, something any guitar player can do. It utterly spoils the beautiful textures and tight grooves supplied by the rest of the band. It's a shame, because without his guitar work, this would be a really great album.
thellama73 | 2/5 |


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