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Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire (1973) [2015 Audio Fidelity SACD]

Progressive Rock, Jazz | Author: vicor 61 | 23-04-2017, 08:13
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire (1973) [2015 Audio Fidelity SACD]
Artist: Mahavishnu Orchestra
Title Of Album: Birds Of Fire [Audio Fidelity SACD]
Year Of Release: 2015 (1973)
Label (Catalog#): Audio Fidelity [AFZ5 212]
Country: USA
Genre: Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion
Quality: FLAC (*image+.cue+.log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 40:35
Full Size: 376 MB

Birds of Fire is Mahavishnu Orchestra's second album. It is the last studio album released by the original Mahavishnu Orchestra line-up before the group dissolved.

Reviewed by Richard S. Ginell allmusic.com:
Emboldened by the popularity of Inner Mounting Flame among rock audiences, the first Mahavishnu Orchestra set out to further define and refine its blistering jazz-rock direction in its second -- and, no thanks to internal feuding, last -- studio album. Although it has much of the screaming rock energy and sometimes exaggerated competitive frenzy of its predecessor, Birds of Fire is audibly more varied in texture, even more tightly organized, and thankfully more musical in content. A remarkable example of precisely choreographed, high-speed solo trading -- with John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman, and Jan Hammer all of one mind, supported by Billy Cobham's machine-gun drumming and Rick Laird's dancing bass -- can be heard on the aptly named "One Word," and the title track is a defining moment of the group's nearly atonal fury. The band also takes time out for a brief bit of spaced-out electronic burbling and static called "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love." Yet the most enticing pieces of music on the record are the gorgeous, almost pastoral opening and closing sections to "Open Country Joy," a relaxed, jocular bit of communal jamming that they ought to have pursued further. This album actually became a major crossover hit, rising to number 15 on the pop album charts, and it remains the key item in the first Mahavishnu Orchestra's slim discography.


01. Birds Of Fire
02. Miles Beyond
03. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters
04. Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love
05. Thousand Island Park
06. Hope
07. One Word
08. Sanctuary
09. Open Country Joy
10. Resolution

John McLaughlin - Guitar
Rick Laird - Bass
Billy Cobham - Drums, Percussion
Jan Hammer - Keyboards, Moog synthesizer
Jerry Goodman - Violin
Ken Scott - Engineer

Album Released: March 29, 1973
Audio Fidelity SACD Released: August 21, 2015

Stereo CD & SACD Mastering: Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
4.0 Analog To Hi Def DSD Digital Transfer: Gus Skinas
Quadrophonic Sound Supervision: Harold J. Kleiner
Quadrophonic Re-Mix Engineer: Don Young

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds Of Fire (1973) [2015 Audio Fidelity SACD]

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