Inner Worlds

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This article is about the album by Mahavishnu Orchestra. For the video game, see Inner Worlds (video game). For other uses, see Inner World.
Inner Worlds
Studio album by Mahavishnu Orchestra
Released January 1976 (1976-01)[1]
Recorded 1975
Genre Jazz Fusion
Length 44:07
Label Sony
Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology
Visions of the Emerald Beyond
Inner Worlds
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[3]

Inner Worlds is an album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra. It was the group's sixth album release.

In 1975, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and keyboardist Gayle Moran left the band. Stu Goldberg was brought in as a replacement for Moran. Although they were not officially recorded, initially this version of the group still retained Norma Jean Bell, Carol Shive, Phillip Hirschi, Russell Tubbs and Steve Kindler. After some hasty rehearsals, this line-up toured with Jeff Beck. After the tour, McLaughlin pared the band down to a quartet of himself, Goldberg, Walden and Armstrong, and then the album was recorded.Goldberg interview

This would be the last album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra for nearly ten years, when leader and guitarist John McLaughlin re-formed the group in 1984.

The track "Planetary Citizen" was often used by early hip-hop DJs and producers for its drum break and vocals .[citation needed] One example is the use of the vocals as a significant feature of the Massive Attack track "Unfinished Sympathy".

Track listing and Personnel[edit]

Side One
  1. "All in the Family" - (John McLaughlin) - 6:02
  1. "Miles Out" - (John McLaughlin) - 6:44
  1. "In My Life" - (John McLaughlin, Narada Michael Walden) - 3:22
  1. "Gita" - (John McLaughlin) -4:29
  1. "Morning Calls" - (John McLaughlin, Narada Michael Walden) - 1:23
Side Two
  1. "The Way of the Pilgrim" - (Narada Michael Walden) - 5:15
  1. "River of My Heart" - (Kanchan Cynthia Anderson, Narada Michael Walden) - 3:41
  1. "Planetary Citizen" - (Ralphe Armstrong) - 2:14
  1. "Lotus Feet" - (John McLaughlin) - 4:24
  1. "Inner Worlds" - 6:37



Billboard (North America)[4]

Year Chart Position
1976 Jazz Albums 24
1976 Pop Albums 118


  1. ^ Walter Kalosky. "Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Way of the Pilgrim". Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Inner Worlds at AllMusic
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ "Inner Worlds - Mahavishnu Orchestra | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 1 January 2014.