Mahavishnu Orchestra: Miles Beyond
Birds of Fire (Columbia CK 66081)
Jerry Goodman (violin), Rick Laird (bass guitar), Billy Cobham (drums).
Composed by John McLaughlin.
Recorded: London and New York, August and September 1972
Rating: 99/100 (learn more)
"Miles Beyond" is dedicated to Miles Davis. Over a Moog-induced drone, Jan Hammer eases his Rhodes electric piano down the road. Picking up passengers Billy Cobham and Rick Laird along the way, the trio enjoys the roadside sights. As they merge into high-speed traffic, a string-plucking, hitchhiking Jerry Goodman can be seen on the side of the road. He becomes a distraction for a lead-footed McLaughlin barreling down the same road. Jan and John have a terrible crash. Only McLaughlin's caviar delivery truck remains drivable. They all pile in. There are eggs to be delivered. (To better understand the metaphors of this review it would be good to know that John McLaughlin used to drive a caviar delivery truck in real life.)
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky