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  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Abstract Logix
  • ASIN: B00IK8WRR8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. RajuJohn McLaughlin, the 4th Dimension 8:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Little Miss ValleyJohn McLaughlin, the 4th Dimension 9:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. AbbajiJohn McLaughlin, the 4th Dimension 6:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Echos from ThenJohn McLaughlin, the 4th Dimension 8:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Senor C.S.John McLaughlin, the 4th Dimension 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Call & AnswerJohn McLaughlin, the 4th Dimension 9:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. HijackedJohn McLaughlin, the 4th Dimension 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. MaharinaJohn McLaughlin, the 4th Dimension 6:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. You Know You KnowJohn McLaughlin, the 4th Dimension 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 

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During the summer of 2013, guitar legend John McLaughlin and his trailblazing band The 4th Dimension - Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Etienne Mbappe on bass, and Ranjit Barot on drums and vocals - played a rare tour across America. On June 22nd they performed at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. This extraordinary concert was recorded and is now being released as 'The Boston Record'.

John McLaughlin, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a prominent member of the jazz fusion ensemble the Mahavishnu Orchestra, has achieved something of a mythic status in music history. Jeff Beck of the Yardbirds has considered McLaughlin "the best guitarist alive", due to his unconventional, revolutionary method of playing and the starkly original music he has produced for decades.

McLaughlin is particularly proud of 'The Boston Record', as he said in the press release announcing the album: "From time to time, a live record is made that has everything: great collective playing, a terrific audience, fantastic recorded sound, and a wonderful atmosphere. In the new recording of our concert you'll find all of the above. I'm really happy about this recording".

This fiery performance features music from John's recent studio albums 'Now Here This' and 'To the One', not to mention a new take on the classic Mahavishnu Orchestra piece, "You Know, You Know", originally part of The Inner Mounting Flame album from 1971.


(4 stars) Numbers among the guitarist's finest albums of the last two decades. There is much here to excite - and not just guitar freaks; there is cohesion, mutual empathy and a powerful group sound. --Jazzwise, (Stuart Nicholson), May 2014

(4 stars) McLaughlin demands speed, power and control from his band...M'Bappe, Barot and Husband deliver all three, and then some, and, on this exciting and impassioned live recording, make established practices sound freshly minted. --Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), March 29, 2014

(4 stars) As ever, McLaughlin's virtuoso guitar work is front and centre, soaring across the rich harmonic and rhythmic textures...they conclude a highly energised set by revisiting an early Mahavishnu favourite, You Know You Know. --The Scotsman, (Kenny Mathieson), March 29, 2014

(4 stars) A prog and Indo-flavoured jazz-rock album stocked full of McLaughlin's own compositions 'Little Miss Valley', the longest piece second in here has an engaging garage-rock like feel to the beginning, M'Bappe bouncing the beat into your face. The Berklee audience adds plenty of atmosphere to the record...there's a shimmering intensity to The Boston Record, plenty of power sure but subtle textures emerging from nowhere and sheer joy too. --Marlbank, (Stephen Graham), March 15, 2014

It's hard to deny the still-blazing virtuosity of the 72-year-old after half a century on the road, or indeed the vigour of his compositions and the collective clout of the 4th Dimension quartet...the cheer that erupts when the band closes on the Mahavishnu fusion anthem You Know You Know endorses the dramatic force of the theme, and the devotion that still greets this guitar giant's work. --The Guardian, (John Fordham), May 2, 2014

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2014
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This is a first class recording of the final concert of 4th Dimension's 2013 tour at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston MA on 22nd June, and it's a stormer.

At 70 years old, the Doncaster lad is at the top of his game. With the immensely talented combo of Etienne M'Bappe, Ranjit Barot and Gary Husband he has the ideal vehicle to explore latter-day jazz fusion grooves and here delivers a truly awesome performance. Despite the exemplary technical capabilities of these musicians the speed/technique never dominates the proceedings; the music rocks, has a soul, is great fun to listen to and you can actually dance and move to most of it.

The band is tight and obviously enjoys playing together, the musical styles of the four a hand-in-glove fit. More classic pieces (such as the epic set-closer `You know you know' from the Mahavishnu Orchestra days) alternate with newer compositions. Samples from historic McLaughlin numbers are referenced throughout the improvisational sections.

Recording by Sven Hoffman is outstanding, with concert-clarity from all instruments and the balance just right. The album has a very exciting `live' feel, should prove indispensable to jazz fusion fans but will also appeal to anyone who appreciates great music.

A couple of minor gripes: First, Ranjit Barot's occasional energetic vocal contributions don't really add to the music, and it might have been better if he'd stuck to the drumming (especially on `Abbaji'). Second, the CD package has rather dated style, with front cover illustration straight from the 1960s `flower-power' era - though perhaps that's intentional.

For my money `The Boston Record' is every bit as good as classic MO at their best and praise doesn't get any better than that. The fact that John McLaughlin at age 70 is still delivering music of this calibre to live audiences must surely secure his place forever in the pantheon of the all-time greats.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stuart J. Thomas on 21 Mar. 2014
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I'm a big Mclaughlin fan and I think that anyone who has admired any of his work will fund something to enjoy here. The band are machine-tight, listening and responding to each other with apparent ease. The set features a varied mixture of recent Mclaughlin compositions and some older pieces, there are also quotes from various other Mclaughlin compositions, dotted throughout the improvisational sections, that seasoned listeners will enjoy spotting. Needless to say the band are all amazing musicians and are found on top form here. If I had to criticise I'd have to say that I'm not a fan of the vocals provided on one track by drummer Ranjit Barot, there's nothing technically wrong with his voice, I'm just not convinced the vocals add much to the whole, this is however a minor flaw and Barot's phenomenal drumming is particularly noteworthy in this set. Etienne M'Bappe is given more licence to stretch out here than he has on other 4th Dimension recordings and rises to the occasion with some technically incredible and expressive solos. The recording quality is very high, well balanced across the frequency range which is vital in music as intricate and complex as this. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 April 2014
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Here are a couple of related rules of thumb when it comes to buying music: you can never have too much Miles; you can never have too much McLaughlin. And spanning McLaughlin's career from The Inner Mounting Flame to Now Here This, The Boston Record is all the proof you need.

Even when you see that the opener is Raju, from Floating Point, but also available as live versions on Official Pirate and Five Peace Band, you know that you're in for something new. Señor CS, which on Official Pirate ran to over 10 minutes and on Five Peace Band to 20(!), is here boiled down to an essential two. Hijacked is also a little shorter than on Official Pirate.

Some of the material is relatively new, but You Know, You Know is from 1971, a year before I first saw Mahavishnu at Crystal Palace, Love And Understanding (here relabelled as on its instrumental remake, Abbaji, on Floating Point) was on 1991's Electric Dreams, and Hijacked on Que Alegría , from 1992, and is very, very different from that version.

But it's not all familiar to me, with a couple or three tunes mixed in I hadn't heard before.

Whilst heavily electric, though, The Boston Record does not mark a return to Mahavishnu, much as some of us would like it. For starters, The 4th Dimension has neither Jerry Goodman, the 5th dimension, if you like, nor his substitute. And no twin-necked guitar.

Instead, the four dimensions that do appear produce some great fusion for the 21st century, and at the end McLaughlin is heard saying, tantalisingly, "We're just getting warmed up here"!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2014
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John McLaughlin is just as vital as ever even after turning 70. And amazingly he has all his speed intact. Although no matter what negative reviewers often have stated, virtuosity is not really the essence of John's playing. It's much more about sprirituality, depth and meaningful musical messages.

With the multi-cultural 4th Dimension he has found the perfect vehicle for his later day musical excursions. Keyboardplayer and drummer Gary Husband with his Zawinul influenced playing. Indian master drummer Ranjit Barot and the extraordinairy Etienne M'Bappe on the bass. If anyone considers fusion/jazz-rock as some kind of dinosaurely music this inspired and vital offering really should turn their mind completely around.

And we even get a track from his classic Mahavishnu days, something John very rarely does in form "You Know You Know".
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