I was first made aware of the Mahavishnu Orchestra whilst in France working on Honky Chateau, Elton and Gus Dudgeon would always put it on at dinnertime. The problem was that with all the dinner chatter I couldn't hear it properly and thought it was a bunch of drugged out losers.
Whilst mixing HC I got a phone call that John and the band were coming to London for a TV show and wanted to meet me about their upcoming album. I quickly got a copy of Inner Mountain Flame, sat down and listened properly and totally lost it. They were absolutely astounding and they wanted to work with me. HELL YES.
I met with them, heard them and knew before ever setting foot into the studio that these guys mean business. The only difference for me with regard to Bill's drums, and the number of them, was that they wouldn't fit in the Trident drum booth, so I had to set him up out side with everyone else. Other than that it was my typical drum setup, just more of them. If you're interested in what that was like you can check out a video of Bill and I recreating the sounds for EpiK DrumS at <http://www.recordproduction.com/ken-scott-bill-cobham.html>.
Although there is more to tell I must depart for a bit, but I shall return.