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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Mahavishnu Orchestra Discography Tracks

Albums

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 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds Of Fire (Album) Columbia US 1973 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness & Eternity album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Between Nothingness & Eternity (Album) Columbia US 1973 Sell This Version
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 Venezuela 1974 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Visions Of The Emerald Beyond (Album) Columbia US 1975 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Inner Worlds album art Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin - Inner Worlds (Album) CBS, CBS, CBS US 1976 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Mahavishnu album art Mahavishnu* Mahavishnu (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
W1-25190, 9 W1-25190 Mahavishnu* Mahavishnu(LP, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W1-25190, 9 W1-25190 US 1984 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Adventures In Radioland album art John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu* John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu* - Adventures In Radioland (Album) Sound Service US 1986 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Lost Trident Sessions album art Mahavishnu Orchestra The Lost Trident Sessions (Album) Columbia, Legacy Japan 1999 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Celestial Terrestrial Commuters album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Celestial Terrestrial Commuters (Single) CBS/Sony, CBS/Sony 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
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 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

Compilations

SOPM-90 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Best Of The Mahavishnu Orchestra album art Mahavishnu Orchestra The Best Of The Mahavishnu Orchestra(LP, Comp) CBS/Sony SOPM-90 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Mahavishnu Orchestra - John McLaughlin album art Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin - The Mahavishnu Orchestra - John McLaughlin (Comp) AMIGA German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1979 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Best Of The Mahavishnu Orchestra album art Mahavishnu Orchestra The Best Of The Mahavishnu Orchestra (Comp) Columbia US 1980 Sell This Version
IGDA 1105/106 Mahavishnu Orchestra - Untitled album art Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock - Untitled(LP, Comp) DeAgostini IGDA 1105/106 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(CD, 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, Il Grande Rock De Agostini CDDEA 2273 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Original Album Classics album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Original Album Classics (Album, Comp) Columbia, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Legacy 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
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness & Eternity / Visions Of The Emerald Beyond album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Between Nothingness & Eternity / Visions Of The Emerald Beyond (Album) BGO Records UK 2014 Sell This Version
YAPC-17 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Origine Of "The Mahavishnu Sounds" album art Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, The Flock Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, The Flock - The Origine Of "The Mahavishnu Sounds"(LP, Comp, Promo, W/Lbl) CBS/Sony YAPC-17 Japan Unknown Sell This Version

Videos

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live At Montreux 1984 / 1974 album art Mahavishnu Orchestra Live At Montreux 1984 / 1974 Eagle Vision Japan 2007 Sell This Version