Mahavishnu Orchestra: Hope
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: 98/100 (learn more)
"Hope" is a short anthem played in 7/8 repeated seven times. Spectacularly overdubbed, each section adds new instruments as the piece builds in intensity and climbs a spiritual ladder. On the original LP version, the tune was the last cut on the first side, and its uplifting strains would continue to soothe your mind as you turned the record over.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky