Birds of Fire
|Birds of Fire|
|Studio album by Mahavishnu Orchestra|
|Released||January 3, 1973|
CBS Studios, New York |
Trident Studios, London
|Genre||Jazz fusion, progressive rock|
|Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
Birds of Fire is the second studio album by American jazz fusion band the Mahavishnu Orchestra. It was released on January 3, 1973 by Columbia Records and is the last studio album released by the original band line-up before it dissolved, although Between Nothingness & Eternity, a live album, was recorded and released later that same year. The final studio recordings by this line-up would be released as The Lost Trident Sessions in 1999.
As with the group's previous album, The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire consists solely of compositions by John McLaughlin. This includes the track "Miles Beyond (Miles Davis)", which McLaughlin dedicated to his friend and former bandleader.
In 2015 the album was re-issued on Super Audio CD by Audio Fidelity containing both the stereo and quad mixes.
The back cover of the album features the poem "Revelation" by Sri Chinmoy.
Reviewing the album for All About Jazz in 2002, Walter Kolosky said of the title track:
"Birds of Fire," which opens up the album, is a fusion classic. John McLaughlin scares the hell out of his guitar with his melodic convulsions. If you ever want to frighten a musical neophyte, turn your stereo up really loud and play the cover tune - it's guaranteed to send him or her fleeing.
All tracks composed by John McLaughlin.
|1.||"Birds of Fire"||5:50|
|2.||"Miles Beyond"||Miles Davis||4:47|
|3.||"Celestial Terrestrial Commuters"||2:54|
|4.||"Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love"||0:24|
|5.||"Thousand Island Park"||3:23|
|9.||"Open Country Joy"||3:56|
- John McLaughlin – guitars
- Rick Laird – bass
- Billy Cobham – drums, percussion
- Jan Hammer – keyboards, Moog synthesizer
- Jerry Goodman – violin
- Ken Scott – Audio engineer
Album Billboard (United States)
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