The Inner Mounting Flame
Super-human jazz-rock fusion produced by the unassailable combination of John McLaughlin on double-necked electric guitar, Jerry Goodman on electric violin, Jan Hammer on keyboards, Rick Laird on bass, and Billy Cobham on drums. Everybody should hear these mystically-inspired, high-energy flights of incredible virtuosity at least once, and the album is so famous that most people seriously into either jazz or rock already have; ‘Vital Transformation’ is the highlight.
Bird of Fire
This was the sequel to The Inner Mounting Flame. Essentially the same if a little toned down, this album peaks during the first four tracks, but the rest is still better than you’ll find elsewhere.