|1. Peace One|
|2. Peace Two|
|3. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat|
|4. Something Spiritual|
|5. Hearts and Flowers|
|6. Phillip Lane|
|7. Waltz for Bill Evans|
|8. Follow Your Heart|
|9. Song for My Mother|
|10. Blue in Green|
After the psychedelic crunch of his first solo album Devotion and the Tony Williams Lifetime, with
My Goals Beyond John switched over to an un-amplified acoustic instrument. The two extended performances on the "A" side, "Peace One" and "Peace Two", offered a heady mix of jazz and Indian classical music, something quite unfamiliar at the time but which in retrospect can be seen to anticipate some of the world music developments to come. John assembled an especially interesting mix of musicians for "Peace One" and "Peace Two". So this album can be said to plant the seed for what would flower into the enormously influential Mahavishnu Orchestra a short time later. If "Peace One" and "Peace Two" look ahead into the future, the lovely group of intimate acoustic solos that follow are more of a tribute to Johns past and recently formed influences and associations.
Since My Goals Beyond was released in 1971, its reputation has continued to grow and it has come to be regarded as a modern classic.
The last two longish tracks are both of Indian feel played by what looks like an early Mahavishnu Orchestra "unplugged" lineup featuring Dave Liebman, Jerry Goodman, Billy Cobham and Charlie Haden. Fantastic.
If I could only have one John McLaughlin album, this would be it.
But the Indian 'feel' interacts with the influences from Bill Evans (and other jazzers, eg Lester Young) that McLaughlin would explore on later records.
As ever, though, with McLaughlin this is no self-conscious "fusion" but something that flows from his spirit and musicianship. Seems to be unavailable at the moment, but well worth tracking down.
On first listen I was surprised, but immediately captivated, never before had an acoustic album caught my attention as this one did. The first 8 tracks contain the most beautiful and accomplished guitar playing I had ever heard, inspiring me to pick up my acoustic guitar again. The last 2 tracks feature a group performance, a chilled out, indian influenced jam.
I own most of John Mclaughlins albums now and this is easily his finest work. I'd also have to say this is one of my favourite jazz albums(almost as good as Miles Davis's "A Kind of Blue").
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