Mahavishnu Orchestra: Awakening
The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia CK 31067)
Jerry Goodman (violin), Rick Laird (bass guitar), Billy Cobham (drums).
Composed by John McLaughlin.
Recorded: New York, August 1971
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
After an opening rough guitar and drum salvo, "Awakening" is reinforced by the twin riffing of violin and electric piano for two more sections. The Orchestra seems to be playing a mile a minute. It is a juggernaut. The statement abruptly concludes and is followed by a Cobham turnaround repeating the initial segment. An aggressive rhythm is established to serve as fodder for a Jerry Goodman solo. Hammer solos next with a quite foreign-sounding turn on electric piano through a ring modulator.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky