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on 25 November 2004
I bought this way back when it first came out and it took a while before I really enjoyed it because it was so different. Over the years it has consistently been the most rewarding album in my collection. The music is quite simple in some ways but in weird time signatures which are tough to begin with but seem perfetly normal after a few listenings. The atmosphere is wonderful and the sound is attractively acoustic. JMcL never played more beutifully than this and John Surman just fitted. Tony Oxley plays out of his skin but it all sounds very natural and relaxed. Brian Odges' bass sound is gorgeous.

I'd recommend this album to anyone who is open-minded and has the patience to get to know it. You won't regret it.
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VINE VOICEon 26 July 2001
This is a fantastic album. The group really gel and the whole thing just flows together astoundingly. It sounds as fresh now as it did in 1969. I thouroughly agree with previous reviewer that this is one of the best and important jazz albums to be made in UK. McLaughlin and Surmans soloing and ensemble play is immense, and Oxley and Odges are just great. Listen and weep.
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on 2 January 2013
This is a great album , one of the true outstanding British jazz albums of this period , along with others by Tubby Hayes , John Surman , Gordon Beck , Stan Tracey , Alan Skidmore , and a handful of others .
In this instance , despite John McLaughlin's name heading the album ,as well as he plays , it is John Surman and Tony Oxley who steal the show .
Oxley's lithe , flexible drumming complements and drives the whole thing splendidly , and John Surman provides terrific solos over the top of everything , and McLaughlin is at last finding his own sound ; a more sustained fiery version of which would soon come to the fore with the Mahavishnu Orchestra .
This is one of those albums which showed , that although the British jazz scene was smaller than its American counterparts , they had the individuals in certain areas that could match them in every respect , and this is an example of that here .
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on 2 June 2001
No record collection should be without Extrapolation. It's sheer might, it's pure, consummate power. The music weaves its way in and out of dozens of momentary novel propositions: before they can develop, they've metamorphosed into the next one. You don't have time to digest the amazement before you're hit by another clever thought. The total effect is one of a perfectly orchestrated performance.
Vertiginous accelerations, mad whirling flurries of notes, passages of vast, spacious, breathtaking beauty. To point out a "track" would in conspire against the unity of the album. It needs to be heard uninterrupted and loud. The first release was eclipsed by the records of the much more widely known Mahavishnu Orchestra, McLaughlin's main project subsequent to Extrapolation, and the one which pretty much defined his work throughout the 1970s. But this is the best record McLaughlin ever made, and one of the finest jazz records ever made outside of the United States.
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on 14 December 2003
The greatest record he's played on, including his Miles Davis output! Anything featuring John Mclaughlin up to and including the second Mahavishnu record is a must. Also, if you're into his early work get Jack Bruce's 'Things we like.' His playing on that is very raw, and abrasive, and has some of the creative genius of this record.
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on 10 February 2016
An impressive debut of fiery and swirling way.Where is the passenger?
John Surman:baritone and soprano sax,Brian Odgers:bass,Tony Oxley:drums and John Mclaughlin:electric and acustic guitar.
Produced by Giorgio Gomelsky 1969.Polydor records.
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on 23 June 2004
This is very different to John Mclaughlin's later project, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, being more orthodox in its attitude to distortion/volume levels.
However, it is by no means restrained, and is ultimately as explosive in its less rock inspired setting.
The group, which includes John Surman, is fantastic too.
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on 6 February 2013
Amongst my 5 favourite jazz albums of all time. Brilliant!
Before Mahavishnu and Shakti and with other great British musicians, like John Surman. 10/10
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on 23 May 2009
wow,a real treat for the ears,guitar,bass,sax and drums working as a whole.seamless and seemingly having an unreal insight into the the other players minds,an unerring entropy that defies explanation.a masterpiece.
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on 4 August 2006
This is simply an astonishing record that demonstrates the exceptional levels of communication that four people can achieve. Yes it's jazz, but not as you know it and you will find the hairs on the back of your neck standing up over and again and the music expresses thoughts you never thought you could have. After 45 minutes of the most intense power, the set is topped off by "Peace Piece", a moment of sublime beauty with just one classical guitar.

This is the sort of music that makes you priveleged to be a member of the human race.
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