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3.82 | 44 ratings | 3 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Guardian Angels (0:52)
2. Miles Davis (4:54)
3. Electric Dreams, Electric Sighs (6:27)
4. Desire and the Comforter (7:35)
5. Love and Understanding (6:39)
6. Singing Earth (0:38)
7. The Dark Prince (5:17)
8. The Unknown Dissident (6:18)

Total Time 38:40

Line-up / Musicians

- John McLaughlin / electric guitar, 6- & 12- & 13-string acoustic guitars, banjo
- L. Shankar / acoustic & electric violins
- Stu Goldberg / electric piano, Moog synthesizer with Steiner-Parker modifications, Prophet synthesizer, Hammond organ
- Fernando Sanders / Fender bass, acoustic bass, vocals (5)
- Tony Smith / drums, vocals
- Alyrio Lima / percussion, amplified Chinese cymbals
- David Sanborn / alto saxophone (8)

Releases information

Remastered by Sony Music Entertainment Inc./"Epic" in 1992
Recorded at Soundmixers Studio, New York City, November & December 1978.
Produced by John McLaughlin and John Pace.

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JOHN MCLAUGHLIN Electric Dreams ratings distribution

(44 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

I was never quite sure what McL tried to do with his One Truth Band, given that the musician list playing on Electric Dreams being roughly the same (taken a few away) than his previous Electric Guitarist album. And if I thought Guitarist lacked any direction, the same can almost be said of Dreams (I think a good part of both albums come from the same sessions), and it is not the B&W artwork floating kitchen utensils photo that will make much a difference, but the tracks are less disparate in this one.

After an acoustic guitar/violin ditty, the album plunges into red-hot fusion batch that takes us to the Bitches Brew and MO days, aptly titled Miles Davis, but the following title track doesn't give a Fahrenheit of difference in terms of fusion heat, just slower and sounding more Weather Report, if you'll forget McL's Spano-Indian guitar in the closing section. The lengthy closer Desire is more in the Pastorius-era of Weather Report with this jazz-funk track taking its sweet time before finally settling in a groove

L&U opens the flipside, taking a while to build up, but once Narada starts singing, the track loses all interest (IMHO, but I never liked sung JR/F), even if buddy Carlos plays a few sliding lines. After the short dronal distortion of Singing Earth, Dark Prince develops more on the ultra-demonstrative RTF (Romantic Warrior-era) with all of the flaws as well as the pure virtuoso performances. The closing Unknown Dissident starts with an ambulance siren driving away, leaving a lost sax (Sanborn) looking for company over Rhodes lines, FretlessJaco-like runs and when finally finding McL's guitar in a syrupy slow jazz, it draws Uncounted Dividends being locked away in the safe in the outro, walking away and getting shot. Well that's my alibi and I'm sticking to it..

While not exactly an example of cohesive album, this is much better than the previous EG, but we're a far cry from the unity of MO albums. Nevermind those considerations, ED is a good jazz fusion album, a product of its time and this is still before McL's wish to investigate modern technology as he would with the horrible Synclavier. Last recommended stop in McL's solo discography.

Review by Evolver
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4 stars This album was not a bad bounceback after the dismal final Mahavishnu Orchestra album, Inner Truth. While the album is not perfect, and does not have the majesty of the great MO albums, it does have some fine music, and excellent performances on it.

There is more jazz than rock here. I would categorize the album as something similar to Larry Coryell's excellent Spaces record (which happened to feature McLaughlin). It tends to be more in the vein of Miles Davis' early, somewhat spacey jazz rock fusion.

The only bad track on the album is Love And Understanding. Really, who was making all those great jazz musicians add simpering vocal songs to their albums? But otherwise, you get a fine batch of jazz weighted fusion here.

3.5 stars, rounded up.

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5 stars There was a time when the mention of jazz-rock meant much more than another prog-related branch of the tree. These guys were fighting their own battle, taking no prisoners. Later, history disavowed them, but not before they leave a legacy behind. I think this album is a significative part of it, tha ... (read more)

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