Mahavishnu Orchestra: You Know You Know


You Know You Know


Mahavishnu Orchestra


The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia CK 31067)

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John McLaughlin (guitar), Jan Hammer (keyboards),

Jerry Goodman (violin), Rick Laird (bass guitar), Billy Cobham (drums)


Composed by John McLaughlin


Recorded: New York, August 1971


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

"You Know You Know" makes a slow, deliberate and quiet 4/4 entrance. Understated repeated playing of a nine-note pattern on electric guitar is seamlessly joined by Cobham's accents and eventual backbeat. Goodman's pure violin mimics McLaughlin's lines. The cycle is joined by Laird as Hammer also starts to pleasantly intrude with light but emphatic electric piano runs. A focus on the main pattern increases tension and volume as the piece wants to be played faster, but the players do not oblige. Cobham's laid-back solo leads to the sudden resolution of the piece. The listener is left hanging but sated.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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