Mahavishnu Orchestra

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One of the premiere fusion groups, the Mahavishnu Orchestra was considered by most observers during its prime to be a rock band, but its sophisticated improvisations actually put its high-powered music between rock and jazz. Founder and leader John McLaughlin had recently played with Miles Davis and Tony Williams' Lifetime. The original lineup of the group was McLaughlin on electric guitar, violinist Jerry Goodman, keyboardist Jan Hammer, electric bassist Rick Laird, and drummer Billy Cobham. They recorded three intense albums for Columbia Records during 1971-1973 and then the personnel changed completely for the second version of the group. In addition to McLaughlin, the 1974 incarnation of the band consisted of violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, Gayle Moran on keyboards and vocals, electric bassist Ralphe Armstrong, and drummer Narada Michael Walden; by 1975 Stu Goldberg had replaced Moran and Ponty had left. John McLaughlin's dual interests in Eastern religion and playing acoustic guitar resulted in the band breaking up in 1975. Surprisingly, an attempt to revive the Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1984 (using Cobham, saxophonist Bill Evans, keyboardist Mitchel Forman, electric bassist Jonas Hellborg, and percussionist Danny Gottlieb) was unsuccessful; one Warner Bros. Records, Inc. album resulted. However, when one thinks of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it is of the original lineup, which was very influential throughout the 1970s.
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Albums

SBP234127 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame album art The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame (Album) Columbia SBP234127 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
SKPD 34 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds Of Fire (Album) Columbia SKPD 34 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
KC 32766 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness & Eternity album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Between Nothingness & Eternity (Album) Columbia KC 32766 US 1973 Sell This Version
MOT-60.032 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Apocalypse album art Mahavishnu Orchestra With The London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas Mahavishnu Orchestra With The London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas - Apocalypse (Album) Columbia MOT-60.032 Venezuela 1974 Sell This Version
AS 1028 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Visions Of The Emerald Beyond (Album) Columbia AS 1028 US 1975 Sell This Version
CBS 69216 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Inner Worlds album art Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin - Inner Worlds (Album) CBS, CBS, CBS CBS 69216 US 1976 Sell This Version
229 25-1351-1 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Mahavishnu album art Mahavishnu* Mahavishnu (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 229 25-1351-1 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
88561-8081-1 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Adventures In Radioland album art John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu* John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu* - Adventures In Radioland (Album) Sound Service 88561-8081-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
SRCS 2132 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Lost Trident Sessions album art Mahavishnu Orchestra The Lost Trident Sessions (Album) Columbia, Legacy SRCS 2132 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
none Mahavishnu Orchestra - Unreleased Tracks From Between Nothingness & Eternity album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Unreleased Tracks From Between Nothingness & Eternity(File, MP3, Album) Sony Music Entertainment Inc. none USA & Europe 2012
FOXLP047 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live At  Chateauvallon, August 1972 album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Live At Chateauvallon, August 1972(2xLP, Ltd) Alternative Fox FOXLP047 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

AE 7 1043 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame album art Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame(7", EP, Promo) Columbia AE 7 1043 US 1971 Sell This Version
SOPB 215, SOPB-215 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Celestial Terrestrial Commuters album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Celestial Terrestrial Commuters (Single) CBS/Sony, CBS/Sony SOPB 215, SOPB-215 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
AE7 1081 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Sister Andrea album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Sister Andrea(7", Promo) Columbia AE7 1081 US 1973 Sell This Version
S CBS 3007 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Can't Stand Your Funk / Eternity's Breath Part 2 album art The Mahavishnu Orchestra* Can't Stand Your Funk / Eternity's Breath Part 2 (Single) Columbia S CBS 3007 UK 1975 Sell This Version
YD 404 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Common Mama / Can't Stand Your Funk album art Keith Jarrett / Mahavishnu Orchestra Keith Jarrett / Mahavishnu Orchestra - Common Mama / Can't Stand Your Funk(7", Jukebox) CBS YD 404 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
SOPD 6 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds Of Fire(7", EP) CBS/Sony SOPD 6 Japan Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

SOPM 90, SOPM-90 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Best Of The Mahavishnu Orchestra album art Mahavishnu Orchestra The Best Of The Mahavishnu Orchestra(LP, Comp) CBS/Sony, CBS/Sony SOPM 90, SOPM-90 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
JC 36394 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Best Of The Mahavishnu Orchestra album art Mahavishnu Orchestra The Best Of The Mahavishnu Orchestra (Comp) Columbia JC 36394 US 1980 Sell This Version
8 55 686 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin album art The Mahavishnu Orchestra*, John McLaughlin The Mahavishnu Orchestra*, John McLaughlin - The Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin (Comp) AMIGA 8 55 686 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1980 Sell This Version
IGDA 71105/106 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Untitled album art Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock - Untitled (Comp) DeAgostini IGDA 71105/106 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
CCSCD 305 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Collection album art John McLaughlin And The Mahavishnu Orchestra* John McLaughlin And The Mahavishnu Orchestra* - The Collection (Comp) Castle Communications CCSCD 305 France 1991 Sell This Version
CDDEA 2273 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Mahavishnu Orchestra - John McLaughlin album art Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin - Mahavishnu Orchestra - John McLaughlin(CD, Comp) Columbia, DeAgostini CDDEA 2273 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
88697172532 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Original Album Classics album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Original Album Classics (Album, Comp) Columbia, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Legacy 88697172532 Brazil 2007 Sell This Version
88697 93034 2 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection album art The Original Mahavishnu Orchestra* The Complete Columbia Albums Collection(CD, Album + CD, Album + CD, Album + 2xCD, Album, R) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 88697 93034 2 Europe 2011 Sell This Version