The first time I heard John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra my jaw dropped. Birds Of Fire was my introduction to the fast, elegant playing of McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer, and Rick Laird. We won’t see or hear their likes again.
The cover of this classic 1973 LP is as minimal and subdued as the music is complex and flashy:
The back cover is dull so here’s a picture of the band:
Here’s the whole dang album: