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Mahavishnu Orchestra discography

This is a discography of Mahavishnu Orchestra albums and compilations and various artist compilation that include Mahavishnu Orchestra tracks that had not been released elsewhere.

Mahavishnu Orchestra was formed by John McLaughlin in 1971. The initial lineup of the group was McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Rick Laird, and Billy Cobham. This group folded in 1973. McLaughlin reformed the group in 1974 with a completely different lineup: Gayle Moran, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ralphe Armstrong, and Narada Michael Walden. This group continued with some personnel changes until 1976. A third version of the group convened in 1984 and, again with personnel changes, continued to 1987.


Mahavishnu Orchestra albums

The Inner Mounting Flame, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1971, Columbia

Tracks : Meeting of the Spirits, Dawn, The Noonward Race, A Lotus on Irish Streams, Vital Transformation, The Dance of Maya, You Know You Know, Awakening

Musicians : John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Rick Laird, Billy Cobham

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Mar Y Sol, Various Artists, 1972, Atco

Tracks : Looking For A Love (J. Geils Band), The Noonward Race (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Wang Dang Doodle (Dr. John), Why I Sing The Blues (B.B. King), Do You Know (Osibisa), Bedroom Mazurka (Cactus), Ain't Wastin' Time No More (Allman Brothers Band), Take A Pebble / Lucky Man (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Texas Blues / Jelly Roll (Nitzinger), Sometimes In The Morning (Jonathan Edwards), Train Of Glory (Jonathan Edwards), Bring My Baby Back (John Baldry), Respect Yourself (Herbie Mann)

A double LP of performances recorded live at the Mar Y Sol Festival in Puerto Rico on April 1, 2 and 3, 1972.

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Birds Of Fire, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1973, Columbia

Tracks : Birds of Fire, Miles Beyond, Celestial Terrestrial Commuters, Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love, Thousand Island ,Park Hope, One Word, Sanctuary, Open Country Joy, Resolution

Musicians : John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Rick Laird, Billy Cobham

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Between Nothingness & Eternity, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1973, Columbia

Tracks : Trilogy: Sunlit Path/La Mere de la Mer/Tomorrow's Story Not the Same, Sister Andrea, Dream

Musicians : John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Rick Laird, Billy Cobham

Live recordings made in New York in August 1973.

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Apocalypse, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1974, Columbia

Tracks : Power of Love, Vision is a Naked Sword, Smile of the Beyond, Wings of Karma, Hymn to Him

Musicians : John McLaughlin, Gayle Moran, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ralphe Armstrong, Narada Michael Walden, London Symphony Orchestra

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Visions Of The Emerald Beyond, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1975, Columbia

Tracks : Eternity's Breath Part 1, Eternity's Breath Part 2, Lila's Dance, Can't Stand Your Funk, Pastoral, Faith, Cosmic Strut, If I Could See, Be Happy, Earth Ship, Pegasus, Opus 1, On the Way Home to Earth

Musicians : John McLaughlin, Gayle Moran, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ralphe Armstrong, Narada Michael Walden / Bob Knapp, Russell Tubbs, Philip Hirschi, Steve Kindler, Carol Shive

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Inner Worlds, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1976, Columbia

Tracks : All in the Family, Miles Out, In My Life, Gita, Morning Calls, The Way of the Pilgrim, River of My Heart, Planetary Citizen, Lotus Feet, Inner Worlds: Part 1 / Part 2

Musicians : John McLaughlin, Stu Goldberg, Ralphe Armstrong, Narada Michael Walden

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The Best Of, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1980, Columbia

Tracks : Birds Of Fire, Open Country Joy, Wings Of Karma, Sister Andrea, The Dance Of The Maya, Meeting Of The Spirits, Lila's Dance, Be Happy

A single LP compilation of tracks from the Columbia albums.

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Mahavishnu, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1984, Warner Bros

Tracks : Radio-Activity, Nostalgia, Nightriders, East Side West Side, Clarendon Hills, Jazz, The Unbeliever, Pacific Express, When Blue Turns Gold

Musicians : John McLaughlin, Bill Evans, Mitchel Forman, Jonas Hellborg, Billy Cobham / Danny Gottlieb, Hari Prasad Chaurasia (track 9), Katia Labeque (track 9), Zakir Hussain (track 9)

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Adventures in Radioland, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1987, Relativity

Tracks : The Wait, Just Ideas, Jozy, Half Man - Half Cookie, Florianapolis, Gotta Dance, The Wall Will Fall, Reincarnation, Mitch Match, 20th Century

Musicians : ohn McLaughlin, Bill Evans, Mitchel Forman, Jonas Hellborg, Danny Gottlieb

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The Collection John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1991, Castle Communications (Collector Series)

Tracks : Meeting Of The Spirit, Dawn, Vital Transformation, Awakening, Birds Of Fire, Celestial Terrestrial Commuters, Thousand Island Park, One Word, New York On My Mind, Every Tear From Every Eye, My Foolish Heart, Joy (Part 1), Lotus Feet, Come On Baby Dance With Me

A CD compilation of tracks from Mahavishnu Orchestra and John McLaughlin Columbia albums.

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The Lost Trident Sessions, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1999, Sony / Columbia

Tracks : Dream, Trilogy: The Sunlit Path / La Mere de la Mer / Tomorrow's Story Not the Same, Sister Andrea, I Wonder, Steppings Tones, John's Song #2

Musicians : John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Rick Laird, and Billy Cobham

Studio recordings, made at Trident Studios in London, from June 1973 originally intended for release in late 1973.

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John McLaughlin Montreux Concerts, John McLaughlin, 2003, Warner Music

Notes : A 17 DVD box set that includes two Mahavishnu performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 7, 1974 and July 18, 1984. The set also includes performances by Shakti, John McLaughlin & The One Truth Band, Chick Corea & John McLaughlin, John McLaughlin & Paco De Lucía, John McLaughlin & The Free Spirits, John McLaughlin & The Heart Of Things, Remember Shakti and one tracks by Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin.

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Original Album Classics, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 2007, Sony / Columbia

Tracks : CD 1: Meeting of the Spirits, Dawn, The Noonward Race, A Lotus on Irish Streams, Vital Transformation, The Dance of Maya, You Know You Know, Awakening / CD 2: Birds of Fire, Miles Beyond, Celestial Terrestrial Commuters, Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love, Thousand Island ,Park Hope, One Word, Sanctuary, Open Country Joy, Resolution / CD 3: Trilogy: Sunlit Path/La Mere de la Mer/Tomorrow's Story Not the Same, Sister Andrea, Dream / CD 4: Power of Love, Vision is a Naked Sword, Smile of the Beyond, Wings of Karma, Hymn to Him / CD 5: Eternity's Breath Part 1, Eternity's Breath Part 2, Lila's Dance, Can't Stand Your Funk, Pastoral, Faith, Cosmic Strut, If I Could See, Be Happy, Earth Ship, Pegasus, Opus 1, On the Way Home to Earth

A 5 CD box set comprising: CD 1 The Inner Mounting Flame; CD 2 Birds of Fire; CD 3 Between Nothingness & Eternity; CD 4 Apocalypse; CD 5 Visions Of The Emerald Beyond

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Live At Montreux 1984 / 1974, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 2007, Eagle Vision

Tracks : DVD 1 (1984): Radio-Activity, Nostalgia, East Side, West Side, Clarendon Hills, Medley: Blues For L.W. / It's The Pits / Living On The Crest Of A Wave / Jozy / Pacific Express / Mitch Match / Mitch Match (Reprise) / DVD 2 (1974): Wings Of Karma, Hymn To Him / Audio only tracks: Power Of Love, Smile Of The Beyond, Vision Is A Naked Sword, Dawn

Musicians : DVD 1: John McLaughlin, Bill Evans, Mitchell Forman, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jonas Hellborg, Danny Gottlieb / DVD 2: John McLaughlin, Steve Frankovitch, Bob Knapp, Gayle Moran, Carol Shive, Steve Kindler, Marsha Westbrook, Phillip Hirschi, Ralphe Armstrong, Michael Walden

A 2 DVD set that documents performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 7, 1974 and July 18, 1984.

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The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 2011, Sony / Columbia

Tracks : CD 1: Meeting of the Spirits, Dawn, The Noonward Race, A Lotus on Irish Streams, Vital Transformation, The Dance of Maya, You Know You Know, Awakening / CD 2: Birds of Fire, Miles Beyond, Celestial Terrestrial Commuters, Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love, Thousand Island ,Park Hope, One Word, Sanctuary, Open Country Joy, Resolution / CD 3: Dream, Trilogy: The Sunlit Path / La Mere de la Mer / Tomorrow's Story Not the Same, Sister Andrea, I Wonder, Steppings Tones, John's Song #2 / CD 4: Trilogy: Sunlit Path/La Mere de la Mer/Tomorrow's Story Not the Same, Sister Andrea, Dream / CD 5: Hope, Awakening, You Know, You Know, One Word, Stepping Tones, Vital Transformation, The Dance of Maya

Musicians : John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Rick Laird, and Billy Cobham

A 5 CD box set comprising: CD 1 The Inner Mounting Flame; CD 2 Birds of Fire; CD 3 The Lost Trident Sessions; CD 4 Between Nothingness & Eternity; CD 5 Unreleased Tracks from Between Nothingness & Eternity. The material on CD 5 was previously unreleased.

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The Essential, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 2013, Sony / Columbia

Tracks : The Dance of Maya, Vital Transformation, Meeting of the Spirits, A Lotus on Irish Streams, Awakening, You Know, You Know, Birds of Fire, Celestial Terrestrial Commuters, Miles Beyond, Open Country Joy, Hope, Sister Andrea, I Wonder, Dream, Trilogy, Smile Of The Beyond, Wings Of Karma, Vision Is A Naked Sword, Lila's Dance, Faith, Cosmic Strut, On the Way Home to Earth, All In the Family, Miles Out, The Way of the Pilgrim

A double CD compilation of tracks from the Columbia albums.

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Between Nothingness & Eternity / Visions Of The Emerald Beyond, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 2014, BGO Records

Tracks : CD 1: Trilogy: Sunlit Path/La Mere de la Mer/Tomorrow's Story Not the Same, Sister Andrea, Dream / CD 2: Eternity's Breath Part 1, Eternity's Breath Part 2, Lila's Dance, Can't Stand Your Funk, Pastoral, Faith, Cosmic Strut, If I Could See, Be Happy, Earth Ship, Pegasus, Opus 1, On the Way Home to Earth

A 2 CD set that combines the albums Between Nothingness & Eternity and Visions Of The Emerald Beyond.

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