On Scotty's recommendation, I picked up their debut, The Inner Mounting Flame, for $3.99 at Boston institution In Your Ear!, and was duly blown away. McLaughlin himself is a ridiculous player with a sharp-edged sound, but it's really the band's rhythm section that makes them rock. Anything less and they'd be wussy jazz-lite.
"The Noonward Race" is actually one of the few cuts on the record in (mostly) 4/4, so I could have gotten way nerdier here. It's long on the violin and keyboard solos, but there's plenty of guitar as well, especially towards the end. The keyboard player, by the way, is Jan Hammer, who should need no introduction.
From my deck to you:
The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin - "The Noonward Race"