Mahavishnu OrchestraBirds Of Fire

Label:Columbia – KC 31996
Vinyl, LP, Album, Terre Haute Pressing
Genre:Jazz, Rock
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Rock


A1Birds Of Fire5:44
A2Miles Beyond4:41
A3Celestial Terrestrial Commuters2:55
A4Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love0:21
A5Thousand Island Park3:21
B1One Word9:56
B3Open Country Joy3:54

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Engineered at Trident Studios, London, and CBS, New York.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): AL 31996
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): BL 31996
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout [variant 1]): P AL 31996-2C 2T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout [variant 1]): P BL 31996-2D T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout [variant 2]): P AL 31996-2A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout [variant 2]): P BL 31996-2E
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout [variant 3]): P AL 31996-2C 1T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout [variant 3]): P BL 31996-2C 1T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped, "1 T" etched, var 4): o P AL 31996-2C 1 T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped, "1 T" etched, var 4): o P BL 31996-2D 1 T
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout [variant 5]): P AL 31996-2G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout, stamped, "1 T" etched [variant 5]): o BL 31996-2B 1 T
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Birds Of Fire (Acetate, LP, 33 ⅓ RPM, Album, Stereo)Columbia31996US1972
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Birds Of Fire (LP, Album, Stereo)CBS, CBSCBS S 65321, S 65321Europe1973
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Birds Of Fire (Album, LP)CBSSBP234294Australia1973
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Birds Of Fire (LP, Album)CBS, CBS65321, S 65321UK1973
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Birds Of Fire (LP, Album, Quadraphonic, Pitman)ColumbiaCQ 31996US1973



  • Sumogirl's avatar
    This is a fantastic album. I haven't listened to Mahavishnu Orchestra in years. I still remember the stoner friend who turned me on to them. Just gave this album a re-listen. It's great. No need to be stoned to appreciate it. And I normally really hate improvisational endless instrumental jazz. This - is good.
    • TimBucknall's avatar
      First Impression
      Johnny Mac & Goodman absolutely burn, i've heard a few attempts to integrate violin into hard rock
      there's King Crimson with poor inaudible David Cross being squished by the "flying brick wall" of Bruford & Wetton
      and there's woefully out of tune Simon House with Bowie on his 1978 tour.
      But if you want to hear it done well these guys nail it. Goodman's pitch perfect doubling of lead phrases adding even more brutality to JM's guitar tone
      there's a pleasing amount of "Live Evil" style looseness which was a nice surprise.
      then sadly Jan Hammer squelches out a lead break of utter cheese and you suddenly remember why Fusion/Prog became such a dirty word for so long

      • lenandedie's avatar
        The very meaning of the word "fusion", physics aside. I have no idea where to place this album on the shelf. It is certainly jazz but would serve as a fiery flight of fantasy for any of the hardest of rock fans. The interplay between McLaughlin's guitar and Jerry Goodman's fiddle shows a precision only found in the finest of Indian classical music, so is it world music? One thing is for sure: If I ever reserve a section for my favorite albums, it will be in it.
        • RareNRacy's avatar
          One of my CBS LP copies has the name of the manufacturer redacted on the back and spine of the album cover. Does anyone know why the name would've been blacked out?
          • RebarKnight's avatar
            Have signed copy of this release. In overall Good+ condition. Message me if interested!
            • xtroymcclurex's avatar
              Minor variation, but my copy seems to be the same version, but with these matrix numbers:

              A Side: P AL 31996-2C 1T
              B Side: P BL 31996-2D


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