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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 (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00000471B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Django (Instrumental) 7:21Album Only
Listen  2. Thelonius Melodius (Instrumental) 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Amy And Joseph 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. No Return 7:20Album Only
Listen  5. El Ciego (Instrumental) 9:07Album Only
Listen  6. Jazz Jungle14:43Album Only
Listen  7. The Wish 8:37Album Only
Listen  8. English Jam (Instrumental) 1:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tokyo Decadence0:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Shin Jin Rui10:46Album Only
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John McLAUGHLIN The Promise CD

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having formed a deep and unusually immediate bond with John's latest, To the One, I am now avidly re-spinning those bits of his back catalogue I possess, and beginning the process of gathering some more. I say more immediate because it has been my experience that it can take years, indeed quite literally decades, for me to comprehend John's always visionary-edge releases for the awesome masterpieces that they invariably turn out to be. As a result I have lately come to the conclusion that, post-mahavishnu, John has never really released a bad or inconsequential album. Some may be more difficult to grok than others, but that is in all probability an indication that those albums are all the deeper, and that the payoff will be all the larger when the moment of magic insight finally arrives.

So, The Promise? A new acquisition. Can't believe I'm the first to review it. As often with John there is a production concept. In this case it seems that we have an album of collaborations with some of the other musical luminaries it has been his good fortune to work with in the course of his illustrious career.

First track is Django, with John and Jeff Beck. Two more opposite approaches to mastery of the electric fretboard, or even temperament, could hardly be found, and yet the respect, friendship and inspiration between these guys go back to the late sixties. On this gorgeous track Jeff's at his most soaringly lyrical and sentimental, making his guitar speak in uncanny voices, as only he can do. When John's turn comes it is with that strange, angular chromaticism that is made all the more exotic by contrast. I never want this track to finish, and it still hurts when it does.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Cuffe on 14 July 2013
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This is not so much a review of the CD as it is one of the best from JM and highly recommended, but it's more a warning about Amazon's latest policy of making the MP3 download automatically available as soon as you complete the purchase. On the face of it it is great, you can listen to the music several days before the CD turns up in the post, but......

I downloaded the MP3 on the day I purchased the CD, then a few days later I had a notification of 'failed to deliver' and a refund. On investigation it turned out that the package had been damaged in transit and retuned, having never darkened my letter box. Well that's understandable and no problem yes? NO! A day later Amazon placed an order for the MP3 download my behalf without my knowledge or consent, what is going on!! It appears the policy is that if you return a CD having previously downloaded the MP3 you will be charged for the MP3 download, again understandable, but I'd never had the CD in my hot sweaty hands.

After a discussion with a guy from the MP3 download team he refnded the cost of the MP3 download as a 'one off' in my 'special' case. He also agreed that this situation was not acceptible and would look into making a change.

So a word of warning until Amozon gets it's act together (but don't hold your breath), don't download the MP3 until you have the CD in your hands, otherwise you might be charged without yor knowledge.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nomad on 6 Oct. 2013
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A smorgasbord of pretty much every musical style McLaughlin's been involved in over the last 30(?) years; all original material I believe and much but not all of it of high quality. The real surprise for me was the two minute 'English Jam' with Sting...wow, how did that come about?!! A few more jars if you've gott'em mister...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carol shaw on 26 Nov. 2014
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The best of all worlds! 9 Aug. 2000
By Brandon S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you want to sample the entirety of what the incredibly talented, diverse Mclaughlin has to offer, then buy this disc! Granted, you won't be hearing anything close to the Mahavishnu Orchestra work (unless you'd count "Jazz Jungle", and I don't), it's the closest thing to experiencing the majority of his styles. We start out hearing "Django", a laid-back jazz/blues jam with Jeff Beck, which is a great opening piece (i'm surprised these guys didn't work together sooner, they practically ruled fusion in the 70's!). Then, we hear a piece that was recorded with Joey DeFrancesco and Dennis Chambers, both of whom are incredibly gifted. This is kind of a post-bop piece, so if that's not your cup of tea, you might not like this one. DeFracesco's playing on this piece is superb, though. There is a brief acoustic guitar/strings ballad next that is really great, wish it could've been longer. After that is a kinda futuristic swinging jam with DeFrancesco on trumpet (man, this guy's gifted! He started out with Miles Davis when he was still in high school!) After that, the reunion of the guitar trio, a super fast flamenco-sounding jam that goes on for nearly ten minutes. All of those guys are in fine form. Next, the super-long "Jazz Jungle", my second-favorite on the disc. John jams with Mike Brecker on the sax, it's a great fusion jam. Next, a very Shakti-esque piece with Zakir Hussain, and a great Sitar player whose name i've forgotten. He does this piece with "Remember Shakti" the next year, but this version is the superior one, in my opinion. After that, some weird jam with Sting for a few mintutes, then a wacky electronica snippet called "Tokyo Independence" or something similar to that. Next, a lengthy fusion jam with Dave Sanborn, it's a great piece, Dennis Chambers is in fine form throughout the whole album. Finally, an acoustic ballad with a former student of his whose named i've also forgotten! All in all, a fantastic disc. Very recommended.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Greatly Suprised!!!!! 24 Sept. 2004
By Transfigured Knight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I picked this album up from my town's local used cd store, and I'm glad I bought this album. I was a little hesitant in buying this album, because it was John McLaughlin and I don't typically go for his brand of rapid-fire jazz antics. Anyway, I looked at all who played on this album which ranges from rockers like Jeff Beck and Sting to world musicians like Nishat Khan and Zakir Hussain to jazz improvisers like Michael Brecker to jazz fusion pioneer Al Di Meola to flamenco giant Paco De Lucia. Anyway, you get the idea, the album is full of wonderfully talented players. I'm a huge fan of Bill Frisell's and Pat Metheny's, so I guess after listening to these greats for so long I've become spoiled in my musical listenings, but when I listened to this album I heard some of McLaughlin's rapid fire antics and thought "Oh boy, here we go again." Then as the album got into it I started to slowly realize that there isn't that much rapid-fire antics that I expected at all. He was playing with heart and really showing his diversity as a musician. I'm greatly suprised by the music on this album. I like this album because of it's variety of styles and of course the playing. Song highlights for me included the really straight jazz song "Thelonius Melodius," the elegant "Amy and Joseph," the Indian excursion "The Wish," and the fusion tinged "Jazz Jungle."

John McLaughlin suprised me, and I'm really happy with the music and playing on this album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
another great example of mclaughlin's mastery... 5 July 2006
By John Grunwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
He can almost do no wrong, not including much of his early-to-mid 1980s solo work, and for my money, the guitar trios. This is another excellent album of McLaughlin-ean fury and style. For a guy who eschews the label "smooth jazz" I should say that the hackneyed piece "No Returns" comes pretty darn close. I skip it every time. It sounds like something Casio would have used as a demonstration on a $100 keyboard back in 1985. Everything else is pretty good, though I'm sure I've heard "Django's" chord changes somewhere before. Albinoni's famous "Adagio?"
jazz rock 27 Sept. 2013
By Lance B. Sjogren - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like hard core jazz rock fusion you should like this album. It may have a traditional jazz song like Django, but it is played in a hard-driving jazz-rock style. Personally I find this music very appealing. McLaughlin has also done albums with a considerably different style that I like as well. If you like the style of music of this album then you will like the album.
Oldie but goody 4 Dec. 2014
By Calvin Singleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Added this CD to my collection to continue to enjoy vintage recordings of John McLaughlin.
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