Apocalypse (Mahavishnu Orchestra album)

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Studio album by Mahavishnu Orchestra
Released 1974 (1974)
Recorded 1974
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 52:23
Label Columbia
Producer George Martin
Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology
Between Nothingness and Eternity
Visions of the Emerald Beyond
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

Apocalypse is the Mahavishnu Orchestra's fourth album, released in 1974.

It is performed by the second line-up of the Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as the London Symphony Orchestra. It was produced by George Martin, who regards it as “one of the best records I have ever made”.[3]

The back cover features a poem by Sri Chinmoy as well as a group photo of those who created the album.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by John McLaughlin; Lyrics to "Smile of the Beyond" composed by "Mahalakshmi" Eve McLaughlin

  1. "Power of Love" – 4:36
  2. "Vision is a Naked Sword" – 14:16
  3. "Smile of the Beyond" – 7:56
  4. "Wings of Karma" – 6:12
  5. "Hymn to Him" – 19:23





Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1974 Jazz Albums 10
1974 Pop Albums 43


  1. ^ Apocalypse (Mahavishnu Orchestra album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (4 August 2012). "Review: Mahavishnu Orchestra - Apocalypse | Sputnikmusic". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Martin 1979, p. 109.


  • Martin, George (1979). All You Need Is Ears. New York: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 0-312-02043-0.