Agora - Live in Montreux. 1976 Italy

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.

Personal collection
CD: 2003 Vinyl Magic

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 sold March 2018), 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 mini-LP version does.

Last listen: September 29, 2016

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