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Studio album by Mahavishnu Orchestra
Released April 1974
Recorded March 1974
Studio Air Studios, London
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 52:23
Label Columbia
Producer George Martin
Mahavishnu Orchestra chronology
Between Nothingness and Eternity
Visions of the Emerald Beyond
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[4]

Apocalypse is the Mahavishnu Orchestra's fourth album, released in 1974.

It is performed by the second line-up of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. It was produced by George Martin, who regards it as “one of the best records [he has] ever made”.[5]

The back cover features a poem by Sri Chinmoy as well as a group photo of those who created the album.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by John McLaughlin; Lyrics to "Smile of the Beyond" composed by "Mahalakshmi" Eve McLaughlin

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Power of Love" 4:36
2. "Vision is a Naked Sword" 14:16
3. "Smile of the Beyond" 7:56
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Wings of Karma" 6:12
2. "Hymn to Him" 19:23





Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1974 Jazz Albums 10
1974 Pop Albums 43


  1. ^ Apocalypse at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Mahavishnu Orchestra > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (4 August 2012). "Review: Mahavishnu Orchestra - Apocalypse | Sputnikmusic". Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  5. ^ Martin 1979, p. 109.


  • Martin, George (1979). All You Need Is Ears. New York: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 0-312-02043-0. 


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