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Shakti with John McLaughlin Live


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  • Audio CD (25 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony Music Jazz
  • ASIN: B000026FP4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Joy (Album Version)18:12Album Only
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Listen  3. What Need Have I For This-What Need Have I For That-I Am Dancing At The Feet Of My Lord-All Is Bliss-All Is Bliss (Album Version)29:02Album Only

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SHAKTI With John McLaughlin CD

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
this album is really a power from nature. it was a huge surprise at the time it was recorded, and it continues surprising me each time i listen to it. the music is really powerful (as in "joy"), and at the same time, extremely sweet and dreamy (as in "lotus feet", maybe one of the most beautiful compositions by john mclaughlin).
highly recomendable for someone who is looking for the very beggining of the cooperation between indian musicians and jazz musicians, and a MUST for every guitar fan.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MOT on 16 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mind blowing

I recently bought "Friday night in san Fransisco, 1980" PAco De Lucia, Al Di Meola and John Mcloughlin. Sent goospimples down my spine. Which introduced me to the amazing skills of John Mclaughlin. In the last year I've also been listening to a lot of Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussein, amongst other indian classical musicians.

So... finding out about this album, a combo of both, was beautiful.

Took me a while to get my hands on it. But now its here. Bloody hell!!Severe GOOOOSE PIMPLES!!!

"Joy" what a beast of a track - zakir hussein beating the crap (well not quite that brutal) out of his tabla all the way through with John freestyling with his guitar like a made man on top. And what about Shankar on the Violin!!! ahhhh I love it.. almost tear jerking. 18 minutes and not a second of boredom!

"Lotus feet" - Almost the oposite to Joy - Mclaughlin, shankar and Zakir playing a much softer composition, real antidote for the mind beating you recieve throughout Joy

"What Need have I" - Man! I think I'm going to cry. The atmosphere, the sounds.... the construction... beautiful! They all have a go at doing their stuff on this track. Hussein!!! you're taking the mick! Rhythm genius! Lovely little Percussion discussion with the mridangams (In case you dont know, looks like a big clay pot... and sounds like one) Mclaughlin, top form as always... and shankir.... aaaaaahhhh! it makes me want to throw up! In a good way.

If you haven't worked it out yet. I like this album quite a bit. No reserves in giving it 5.

Dont waste any more of your time.

BUY THIS!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By scoon2 VINE VOICE on 1 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
John McLaughlin's first real foray into Indian music is a bit of a revelation.
It shows the links between jazz and the improvised Indian music. In some ways it is like a Mahavishnu "Unplugged" session. McLaughlin's acoustic guitar hits the spot every time in a wonderful lyrical way and in the Indian setting it is almost hypnotic in the way it draws you in.
L. Shankar's violin playing complements the guitar improvisations of Mclaughlin in a way that seems telepathic and quite wonderful.
Recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Nov 2008
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So this was the first of the three albums released by the original Shakti lineup. A live release from 1975, it features John McLaughlin on an extraordinary hand made acoustic guitar, with sympathetic drone strings akin to a sitar, and three Indian classical virtuosi, L.Shankar on violin, Zakhir Hussain on Tabla and Vikku Vinayakram on ghatam (claypot, yes its a pot made out of clay and the playing is incredible). This ia arguably the first album of so called 'World Music'. It represented a huge departure for John McLaughlin, who had built up a mighty reputation with the various incarnations of the highly electric Mahavishnu Orchestra, and who now let it all go to pursue a completely new and unprecedented kind of acoustic music that the world was not really ready for at the time, but has since gone on to become a legendary landmark that will be remembered long after most music from that period is forgotten.

Each of the three classic Shakti albums has a somewhat different character. The following year saw the release of A Handful of Beauty which like this album consists of long, raga-like constructions, but with the emphasis on beauty, elegance and grace. Following that, in 77, came the finalNatural Elements: Limited Edition which was more 'song' based, shorter tracks with more formal construction and a jazz-like harmonic interplay between the two melodic instruments. The defining characteristics of this album however are intense fire and passion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Masterful album by one of the greatest, most eclectic jazz musicians ever... 12 Feb 2009
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Format: Audio CD
John McLaughlin is one of my favorite jazz artists, a real master at fusion of not just rock with jazz, but fusing western and eastern elements so seamlessly and making brilliant work as a result. This album is one of his most intense, playful, and brilliant works of his entire career.

The opener, Joy, is aptly, where John and crew burn through a 18 1/2 minute track with hardly a breath. The next track, Lotus Feet, provides us with a nice breather, and the final track, What Need Have I for This? What Need Have I for That? I Am Dancing at the Feet of My Lord, All is Bliss, All is Bliss is a masterful track, done in a very similar way to an Indian raga. It's moving, deeply spiritual, and masterful, like this entire album. The album is recorded live, and the crowd is magnificent and deeply appreciative. McLaughlin's music was quite popular during the 1970's, when audiences were more receptive to experimentation and diversity than they seem today. Shakti is just one of many amazing steps by McLaughlin, and it remains one of most memorable albums.
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