Agora - Live in Montreux. 1976 Italy
LP reissues: 1977 Atlantic (Japan); 2013 BTF/Atlantic
CD reissues: 2003 Vinyl Magic (mini-LP); 2007 Atlantic (Japan mini-LP)
Agora's debut is an instrumental jazz rock album, as was common for the time and place. Mahavishnu Orchestra is once again a primary influence along with Weather Report and Holdsworth-era Soft Machine. Since this is a live recording, it's considerably rawer then their peers like Il Baricentro, Perigeo, and Nova, which gives it an extra bite these albums so often need. An excellent example of the style with emotive guitar, electric piano, and saxophone. Easy recommendation for jazz rock and fusion fans.
Originals come with a pop up tree cover. It's difficult to find those in good shape. Otherwise, not too expensive of an album. I ended up with the Japanese LP years ago, and it does not feature the gimmix cover. Nor does the Italian mini-LP which I recently sourced on the cheap. I presume the Japanese version does.