Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1973, CBS 32280)

Ah, one of the non-classical albums in my dad’s collection. Most of the non-classical stuff is folk (and most of that is already in boxes for disposal), but there are occasional ones you might not expect. The Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix for example – but at least they’re renowned and classic albums.

Then we have this – John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, 70s noodling at it’s worst. I didn’t have high hopes for this – back in the 1990s a (former) colleague asked me to tape a couple of LPs for him. They were both Mahavishnu Orchestra and were, to be blunt, ghastly. Wikipedia says they were “jazz-rock fusion”, a phrase to put off most people – and deservedly so.

This one lasted seconds on the turntable and is going straight to the charity shop.

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