Birds of Fire
|Birds of Fire|
|Studio album by|
|Released||January 3, 1973|
|Studio||CBS Studios, New York |
Trident Studios, London
|Genre||Jazz fusion, progressive rock|
|Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology|
|John McLaughlin chronology|
|Christgau's Record Guide||A–|
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings|||
Birds of Fire is the second studio album by 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.
As with the group's previous album, The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire consists solely of compositions by John McLaughlin. These include the track "Miles Beyond (Miles Davis)", which McLaughlin dedicated to his friend and former bandleader.
The back cover of the album features the poem "Revelation" by Sri Chinmoy.
A remastered version of the album was released on CD in 2000 by Sony Music Entertainment. It features a new set of liner notes by JazzTimes critic Bill Milkowski, as well as photographs of the band. In 2015 the album was re-issued on Super Audio CD by Audio Fidelity containing both the stereo and quad mixes.
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" (dedicated to 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, Fender Rhodes
- Jerry Goodman – violin
- Ken Scott, Jim Green – audio engineer
- Ashok (Chris Poisson) – album design
- Nathan Weiss – Management
- Pranavananda – photography
|United States (Billboard 200)||15|
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||38|
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