The Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
John McLaughlin is truly one of the most talented and innovative musicians ever. In 1969 he recorded Bitches Brew with Miles Davis and then moved right into this project where he composed every song. Each song on this album has a different and special feel and they are all extremely enthralling pieces. He was a pioneer of progressive rock but with a massive jazz fusion influence and a very experimental approach to composition. The band also has an insane violinist who can mirror McLaughlins ridiculous riffs and really makes this band stand out (as if they didn't already). This CD is my personal favorite, as well as their first studio release, but I encourage all of you to definitely check out their 2nd album, Birds of Fire. After that release, the band was changed up for personal reasons and I never really got into their other albums. I know that a lot of people know of this band but I'm just making sure everyone has a chance to listen. Happy 7/11!