Electric Guitarist/Electric Dreams

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Since both of these post-Shakti albums feature the word "electric" in their titles, it seems that guitarist McLaughlin wanted to emphasize his more plugged-in side to those who might not have followed along on three previous releases featuring his acoustic world music band. He also thumbs through his impressive phone book to call in some of the cream of the 1977 crop of jazz fusionists to help him out on Electric Guitarist, a true return to form. Ex-Mahavishnu members Jerry Goodman and Billy Cobham assist in kicking things off just like in the old days with "New York on My Mind," a tune that could have been an outtake from his earlier Mahavishnu Orchestra work. Also along ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Since both of these post-Shakti albums feature the word "electric" in their titles, it seems that guitarist McLaughlin wanted to emphasize his more plugged-in side to those who might not have followed along on three previous releases featuring his acoustic world music band. He also thumbs through his impressive phone book to call in some of the cream of the 1977 crop of jazz fusionists to help him out on Electric Guitarist, a true return to form. Ex-Mahavishnu members Jerry Goodman and Billy Cobham assist in kicking things off just like in the old days with "New York on My Mind," a tune that could have been an outtake from his earlier Mahavishnu Orchestra work. Also along for the ride is Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, David Sanborn, Carlos Santana, Jack Bruce, and four legendary drummers including Cobham, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, and Narada Michael Walden. Unfortunately, the credits don't specify who plays on which track (well-written liner notes would help there), but anyone familiar with the distinctive styles of these artists can easily pick them out. McLaughlin is in fine form throughout, especially when playing clean, staccato, bent notes on the ballad "Every Tear from Every Eye." The majority of the selections stay in a more subtle but amped-up groove as McLaughlin shifts from dreamy to a faster, more straight-ahead tempo on the seven-minute "Do You Hear the Voices that You Left Behind?" A duet with Billy Cobham on "Phenomenon: Compulsion" provides the set's most frantic fireworks as both musicians air out their chops on a breathless, galloping piece with some of the guitarist's most furious picking. Electric Dreams features McLaughlin's One Truth band on an album from the same year. The same players back him throughout, so the sound isn't quite as diverse. There is still a nice balance of ballads and burners, and some tunes that mix both such as "Desire and the Comforter," which is pushed by Fernando Saunders' amplified fretless bass, a ringer for Jaco Pastorius. Saunders takes the collection's only vocal on "Love and Understanding," undercut by well-meaning but schlock-heavy lyrics about being one with the universe as McLaughlin does his best Santana impersonation. The boat rights itself for the two final fusion numbers that find the group locking in and McLaughlin spinning off sweet, sharp lines that leave no doubt as to how exceptional a guitarist he is. BGO's remastering is clean and these titles make perfect companions on a single disc with almost 80 minutes of prime, very electric John McLaughlin music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261209320
  • Catalog Number: 6120932

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New York On My Mind (5:47)
  2. 2 Friendship (7:01)
  3. 3 Every Tear From Every Eye (6:51)
  4. 4 Do You Hear the Voices That You Left Behind? (7:40)
  5. 5 Are You the One? Are You the One? (4:43)
  6. 6 Phenomenon: Compulsion (3:22)
  7. 7 My Foolish Heart (3:27)
  8. 8 Guardian Angels - The One Truth Band (0:54)
  9. 9 Miles Davis - The One Truth Band (4:55)
  10. 10 Electric Dreams, Electric Sighs - The One Truth Band (6:29)
  11. 11 Desire and the Comforter - The One Truth Band (7:37)
  12. 12 Love and Understanding - The One Truth Band (6:40)
  13. 13 Singing Earth - The One Truth Band (0:40)
  14. 14 The Dark Prince - The One Truth Band (5:18)
  15. 15 The Unknown Dissident - The One Truth Band (6:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John McLaughlin Primary Artist, Guitar
Jerry Goodman Violin
Jack Bruce Bass
Patrice Rushen Piano
Tom Coster Organ
Jack DeJohnette Drums
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Tony Williams Drums
Armando Peraza Conga
Stu Goldberg Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano
Stanley Clarke Acoustic Bass
Billy Cobham Drums
Chick Corea Piano
Neil Jason Bass
Alphonso Johnson Bass
Alyrio Lima Percussion
Narada Michael Walden Drums
Fernando Sanders Bass, Vocals
Fernando Saunders Bass
Lakshminarayana Shankar Violin
Tony Smith Drums, Vocals
Carlos Santana Guitar
Technical Credits
John McLaughlin Arranger, Composer, Producer
Stu Goldberg Composer
Dennis MacKay Engineer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
John Pace Producer, Engineer
Alyn Shipton Liner Notes
Ken Ambrose Cover Photo
Gene Greif Original Sleeve Design
Andrew Thompson Remastering
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