John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra (USA)

1st Lineup (1971-1973)

  • John McLaughlin - guitar, synthesizer
  • Jan Hammer - synthesizer, piano, keyboards, Moog synthesizer
  • Jerry Goodman - violin
  • Rick Laird - electric bass
  • Billy Cobham - drums

  • Recordings:
    • Inner Mounting Flame (Studio Album 1971)
      This is still my favorite among all recordings of Mahavishnu which maybe due to the fact that I heard the band live in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1971. These guys really blew me away. The engine of my Beetle was barely audible after the concert...
    • The Lost Trident Sessions (Live Album 1972, issued 1999)
      John McLaughlin points out that "the recordings actually took place during the year 1972 and not 1973 as written on the CD cover."
    • Birds of Fire (Studio Album 1973)
    • Between Nothingness & Eternity (Live Album 1973)

2nd Lineup (1974-1975)

  • John McLaughlin - 6 & 12 String guitars, vocals
  • Gayle Moran - keyboards, vocals
  • Jean-Luc Ponty - electric violin, electric Baritone violin
  • Ralphe Armstrong - bass
  • Narada Michael Walden - drums

  • Recordings:
    • Apocalypse (Studio Album 1974)
    • Visions Of The Emerald Beyond (Studio Album 1975)

3rd Lineup (1976)

  • John McLaughlin - guitars, vocals
  • Stu Goldberg - organ, piano, keyboards, vocals, clavinet, Mini Moog
  • Ralphe Armstrong - bass
  • Narada Michael Walden - percussion, piano, conga, drums, marimba, vocals, tympani, shaker

  • Recordings:
    • Inner Worlds (Studio Album 1976)

4th Lineup (1984)


5th Lineup (1993)

Studio 1971
Inner Mounting Flame

Live 1972, issued 1999
The Lost Trident Sessions

Studio 1973
Bird of Fire

Live 1973
Between Nothingness
& Eternity


Studio 1974
Apocalypse

Studio 1975
Visions Of The
Emerald Beyond


Studio 1976
Inner Worlds

Studio 1984
Mahavishnu

Sampler 1991
The Best Of

Studio 1993
Adventures In Radioland


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