Shortly after arriving in the US, John McLaughlin met and became a disciple of the indian spiritual teacher, Sri Chinmoy. The guru gave John his spiritual name Mahavishnu, which literally translated as "Great Creation" (Maha=Great and Vishnu=the Hindu God of Creation).
Fired with this inspiration and his aspiration to fully materialise the bond between the Spirit and Music, he formed the Mahavishnu Orchestra, arguably the most powerful fusion band in the history of the jazz-rock and fusion movement. A heady cocktail of dazzling virtuosity, ferocious rock polyrhythms and burning spiritual aspiration, the band consisting of Billy Cobham (drums), Jan Hammer (keyboards), Jerry Goodman (violin) and Rick Laird (bass guitar) with McLaughlin himself on his trademark Gibson twin-necked SG guitar (something he had in common with Jimmy Page, to whom he had given jazz guitar lessons to in England and to whom is attributed the legend of teaching Jimmy the intro chords to 'My Funny Valentine' from which he supposedly extrapolated the 'Stairway to Heaven' chord sequence).
You Know You Know is one of the quieter moments from the stunning debut album The Inner Mounting Flame . Even if you are not familiar with the Mahavishnu recordings you may still recognise it as it was sampled and provided the backbone for One Love on Massive Attack's Blue Lines album in 1991.
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