Apocalypse (Mahavishnu Orchestra album)

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Apocalypse
Apocalypse - Mahavishnu Orchestra.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1974
RecordedMarch 1974
StudioAir Studios, London
GenreJazz fusion
Length52:23
LabelColumbia
ProducerGeorge Martin
Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology
Between Nothingness and Eternity
(1973)
Apocalypse
(1974)
Visions of the Emerald Beyond
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC[2]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[4]

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

It is performed by the second line-up of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. It was produced by George Martin, who regards it as “one of the best records [he has] ever made”.[5]

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

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Power of Love"4:36
2."Vision is a Naked Sword"14:16
3."Smile of the Beyond"7:56
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Wings of Karma"6:12
2."Hymn to Him"19:23

Personnel[edit]

with

Charts[edit]

Album

Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1974 Jazz Albums 10
1974 Pop Albums 43

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Apocalypse at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 2, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (4 August 2012). "Review: Mahavishnu Orchestra - Apocalypse | Sputnikmusic". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Martin 1979, p. 109.

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