The Inner Mounting Flame  

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The Inner Mounting Flame is Mahavishnu Orchestra's first studio album, released in 1971 and consisting solely of original compositions by John McLaughlin.

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The intro for "Noonward Race" was written for the full band and not just as a guitar-and-drums duet as heard on the album. During the recording of the piece, a long-standing tension between Rick Laird and Jerry Goodman boiled over into a full brawl, with the two of them knocking Jan Hammer and his keyboards over during the struggle. McLaughlin and Cobham continued to play at full volume during the entire altercation, and McLaughlin liked the effect so much he instructed Laird, Goodman, and Hammer to sit out while he comped behind Cobham's solo later in the song.Template:Citation needed

A remastered version of the album, on CD, was released in 1998 by Sony Music Entertainment. It features a facsimile of the LP front cover, a new set of liner notes by Bob Belden, as well as many photographs of the band.

Track listing

All tracks composed by John McLaughlin.

  1. "Meeting of the Spirits" – 6:52
  2. "Dawn" – 5:10
  3. "The Noonward Race" – 6:28
  4. "A Lotus On Irish Streams" – 5:39
  5. "Vital Transformation" – 6:16
  6. "The Dance of Maya" – 7:17
  7. "You Know You Know" – 5:07
  8. "Awakening" – 3:32




Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Jazz Albums 11
1972 Pop Albums 89

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