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Electric Guitarist [Import]

John McLaughlin Audio CD
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John McLaughlin (born 4 January, 1942 in Doncaster), also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English jazz fusion guitarist and composer. He played with Tony Williams's group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his landmark electric jazz-fusion albums In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew. His 1970s electric band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a technically virtuosic and complex ... Read more in Amazon's John McLaughlin Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000273E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Are You The One? Are You The One? 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We can still hear the magic this left behind 28 July 2003
By Mr P VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
An truly, excellent, heart-felt jazz/rock album from 1978. The Yorkshire guitarist formerly with The Graham Bond Organisation and Miles Davis uses an array of fine musicians including Jack Bruce, Tony Williams, Carlos Santana, Billy Cobham, Jerry Goodman, Michael Walden, David Sanborn, Alphonso Johnson, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Jack DeJohnette amongst others.
The stunningly, excellent opening New York On My Mind features sterling work from Jerry Goodman on violin. Friendship has two guitar solos, first Santana then McLaughlin. They are both sublime.
Every Tear From Every Eye is a slow burner with Sanborn’s sinious sax following the leaders thoughtful, constrained guitar break. McLaughlins guitar comes back before Patrice Rushen adds some deft keyboards allowing Johnson to add some wistful bass. This is a track that gets better every time you hear it.
Do You Hear The Voices That You Left Behind is dedicated to John Coltrane and features Clarke, DeJohnette and Corea.
A slow, emotive opening theme soon slips into an up-tempo vamp behind McLaughlins stuttering, decayed guitar sound. Corea then shines with a flurry on the electric piano. Clarke and DeJohnette propel things a long with aplomb.
Are You The One features Jack Bruce and Tony Williams. Its just a not-too-serious barnstormer with Bruce and Williams shouting the title. McLaughlin opens with some fine waw-wah and Jack powers up a brief, chugging solo, but it is Williams work towards the end that is just jaw-dropping. Utterly brilliant.
Phenomenon: Compulsion is a brief, energetic, monstrous jam between McLaughlin’s distortions and Cobhams powerplays. Ferocious.
The leader plays the album out on his own with a subtle rendition of My Foolish Heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John McLaughlin: Past, Present and Future 7 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
'Electric Guitarist' (1978) came to fruition due to McLaughlin arriving at a very distinct crossroads. His record company CBS/Columbia pressurised McLaughlin to return to the electric guitar after the inevitable drop-off of record sales since disbanding wild electric Hendrix-influenced 'Mahavishnu Orchestra' and emerging with the sophisticated acoustic Indian-fusion ensemble Shakti (despite the immense quality of the latter). Thus, this was the first of McLaughlin's two 'contractual-obligation' albums (Electric Dreams followed in 1979). Not that this means a diminished sense of responsibility and reduction of quality compositions and performances. In fact, instead of a re-hash of the Mahavishnu formula that Columbia probably expected, McLaughlin finds a new 'sound' that is more Indian (using a scalloped electric guitar neck to facilitate Indian-esque micro-tonal string bends in 'New York On My Mind'), more funky (using a Mu-tron Envelope Follower in 'Are You The One?' or a 'Flange' effect in 'Phenomenon: Compulsion'), and more Jazzy (although amplified via a Leslie cabinet plus with a extra heavy bass string tuned down to a low A pitch to create a drone effect on 'My Foolish Heart'). Even the title 'Electric Guitarist' (complete with a boyhood picture of the maestro on the front cover) may even be a subtle dig at his record label.

There are parallels with Jack Bruce's Things We Like (1970) too as an example of another 'contractual' album, this time completed for another major record label Polydor.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Rare Artistry! 3 Jun 2004
By D. J. Zabriskie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
John McLaughlin remains one of the more fascinating Miles Davis
alumni because, like John Coltrane before him, his growth as a
musician, band-leader, innovator and artist (believe me, they
are all separate things!) can easily be traced on record. Also,
like Coltrane, his advancement along those lines is steady and
phenomenal. This particular CD is a landmark because it is here
where all of these qualities first fuse as a complete, satisfying
and prodigious whole.
From his original, startling early work with Miles, to Tony Williams' Lifetime (an overlooked power-trio if ever there was one!) to Mahavishnu Orchestra, to his forays into Eastern music
and mysticism, this is where it all comes together for McLaughlin. It marks the first time that his astounding technical mastery emerges at the service of a highly ordered
musical intelligence, and not the other way around.
With the help of such friends as Billy Cobham, Jean-Luc Ponty,
Carlos Santana, Jack Bruce, Tony Williams, Patrice Rushin, David
Sanborn and others, McLaughlin weaves a program of personal,
astounding and beautiful music. Every tune represents a different marker along McLaughlin's personal musical journey, and each and every one of them is a gem. From the swaggering edge of "New York On My Mind," to the Latin-soul of "Friendship,"
to the exquisite beauty of "Every Tear From Every Eye," each tune
just gets better and better, just as McLaughlin did over the course of his career to this point. This is where we bid adieu
to McLaughlin, the enfant-terrible of jazz guitar and say hello
to McLauhlin the mature artist for the first time. And what an
artist he emerges as!!! This is one of the very few PERFECT jazz
albums ever made! There is no filler, no dead-weight, nothing on it anywhere that isn't of the first and highest order.
Get it!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plug In, Turn On, Rejoice 17 April 2006
By Alistair McHarg - Published on Amazon.com
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The title and cover of this CD are hilarious. To call John McLaughlin an Electric Guitarist is to call James Brown funky and the Atlantic Ocean wet. With Hendrix pressed firmly into the pages of history and Clapton nodding off in complacency, McLaughlin has ascended to preeminence with little debate. He has been prolific and mercurial, a constantly restless, evolving prodigy. From the onset he blurred the barrier between rock and jazz, and played a major role in the birth of fusion. Although Miles Davis may have "booked the room," McLaughlin and Tony Williams probably influenced Davis as much as he influenced them. If you are not already familiar with The Tony Williams Lifetime recordings, featuring McLaughlin, do yourself a favor. McLaughlin is simply on fire.

The manic intensity of The Mahavishnu Orchestra, which followed, was at times more technical than musical, but revelatory all the same. My Goal's Beyond, (if you can find it), shows McLaughlin drifting into a love affair with Indian music. As with other virtuoso performers, one is occasionally transfixed by the skill level, losing sight of content in the process. This is always a mistake with McLaughlin, almost equivalent to punishing him for being brilliant. McLaughlin is a soulful artist, never frivolous, always striving to find meaning and share it.

Recording this CD must have been like a college reunion for him, an opportunity to reunite with dear friends. The line-up includes major league hitters like Billy Cobham, Jerry Goodman, Carlos Santana, David Sanborn, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Jack DeJohnette, Jack Bruce, and Tony Williams. Wow. Are You The One? Are You The One? features the dream-team trio of McLaughlin, Bruce, and Williams, a true kicker. Friendship showcases the familiar and pleasing "space patrol" jam phrasing of Carlos Santana. They're all great, but the track that instantly snuck inside me is Do You Hear The Voices That You Left Behind? This tribute to John Coltrane, built on his celebrated composition Giant Steps, evokes a "top-down convertible sound" that might be described as "smooth-jazz" if that wretched term weren't an oxymoron.

In John McLaughlin - Electric Guitarist, you find a master artist in complete control of his instrument and his vision - pure joy.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ship it! 12 Oct 2001
By Kenny b Natural - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you're a fan of John McLaughlin you should have this disc in your collection. "Friendship" features a fired up Carlos Santana. "Do you hear the voices you left behind" sounds like a homage to John Coltrane. "Are you the one?" features ex-bandmates Tony Williams and Jack Bruce and there's much more! For a chance to look into the minds of these geniuses at this price? McLaughlin shows his more refined side on this goldmine. SHIP IT!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McLaughlin's finest solo effort. 5 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Unlike Birds of Fire, Mahavishnu's masterpiece, this is less a fusion album and more of an electric jazz album. Where the personnel read like a who's who in 70's fusion the majority of the cuts presented here afford the listener the opportunity of hearing these brilliant musicians surrender the excessess of their usual efforts to make an infinitely listenable and enjoyable collaborative effort. The respect these musicians have for one another is evident in the manner by which they accompany and listen to eachother in their collective efforts. This disc, unlike much of fusion's collective works, can withstand the test of time. This is well worth the purchase. A classic disc, highly recommended....Simon
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clean and Crisp 5 Mar 2000
By JK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For the casual Mclaughlin enthusiast, this is a clean and crisp album that delivers excellent performances by an allstar lineup of jazz greats including a nice solo by Carlos Santana. Although not as intense as some of his other albums, Electric Guitarist is a fine representation of one of the best guitarists of all time.
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