- Audio CD (6 Oct. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks
- Label: Columbia Legacy
- ASIN: B0000A2I1C
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Carlos SANTANA & John McLAUGHLIN Love Devotion Surrender CD
Top Customer Reviews
The differing styles of these two great guitarists meld surprisingly well, as they knew each other and played together a lot. LDS is 100% instrumental (there’s a background repetitive choral chant on one track, but this is not really a ‘song’). It’s in the same vein as some of the lengthier and more complex pieces released on Santana’s 1973 ‘Welcome’ - on which McLaughlin guested - and ‘Borboletta’ albums, and is particularly redolent of the sound on MO’s ‘Lost Trident Sessions.’
Both these musicians were during this period seeking after a higher spiritual meaning in life and devoted to the works of Sri Chinmoy (Santana later described Chinmoy as “vindictive” but said his association with the Indian had been a “good learning experience”). A spiritual intensity informs the music and it can’t be described as ‘easy listening’, but for those who appreciate the very best jazz-fusion played at a high level with virtuosity and passion, this is as good as it gets.
Fellow members of the contemporary Santana band Michael Shrieve, Doug Rauch and Armando Peraza, and McLaughlin’s fellow MO jazzmen drummer Billy Cobham and pianist Jan Hammer - described as playing ‘drums’ in the informative sleeve notes - form fine backing combos on the various tracks and make the album a kind of summit-meeting for the jazz fusion innovators of the early 1970s.
The original album came in at less than 30 minutes, but with no padding and every track a gem.Read more ›
This,though, is different.McLaughlin's harsh tone is softened by Santana's more melllifulous sound and together they make one hell of a noise.But,I think,because of Santana,the noise is always tuneful.As previous reviewers have stated the tracks are based in part on John Coltrane's seminal work A Love Supreme and although not quite up to that standard this is still a great album. I've played it every day for the last couple of weeks,sometimes 2 or 3 times a day, and have found myself wishing I had more like it besides Welcome.I'm not so keen on track 2,Naima,an acoustic number,but A Love Supreme and Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord are simply fantastic.A spiritual album that has me wishing I was a spiritual person,but one that touches me anyway.Two guitar greats at the peak of their powers.I just wish I'd bought it thirty years ago.
But the two guitarists - ably supported by among others Billy Cobham (drums) and Larry Young (organ) - find their own voices really fast. A great album, full of power and touching beauty, sometimes breathless and sometimes gentle, and just as satisfying in its way as the recordings of the first Mahavishnu orchestra. John McLaughlin took the spirit of the greats that had gone before him and carried it forward. Later, on the Electric Guitarist album, he asked 'Do you hear the voices you left behind?', but it was surely here he really sang for Coltrane.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I like both of these artists as individuals, I was a little disappointed with the album, it seemed to be very loose, without structure and in parts, it seemed ill... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. J. Gordon
Brilliant but impossible to tell who's playing when.doesnt matter good listeningPublished 10 months ago by Michael I.
I originally bought this on vinyl when it came out .Still sounds great.Published 12 months ago by John Barr
Interesting album of virtuosity - but a little to self-indulgent for me, it could have been a great album given who we are taking about!Published 14 months ago by Greg 88
This is fantastic. The best track being Let us go into the house of the lord. Breath taking.Published 15 months ago by keith cushley
i found myself no liking this jazzy/bluesy album at all
certainly not a commercial album at all
Santana seemed to be allowed to self indulge into a *solo* project... Read more