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3.09 | 38 ratings | 4 reviews | 21% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. New York nn My Mind (5:45)
2. Friendship (7:00)
3. Every Tear from Every Eye (6:50)
4. Do You Hear the Voices that You Left Behind ? (7:39)
5. Are You the One ? Are You the One ? (4:41)
6. Phenomenon: Compulsion (3:21)
7. My Foolish Heart (3:22)

Total Time 37:18


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Line-up / Musicians

- John McLaughlin / electric guitar
- Jack Bruce / bass on track 5
- Billy Cobham / drums on tracks 1 & 6
- Stanley Clark / acoustic bass on track 4
- Chick Corea / piano and mini-moog on track 4
- Tom Coster / organ on track 2
- Jack DeJohnette / drums on track 4
- Stu Goldberg / electric piano, organ and mini-moog synthesizer on track 1
- Jerry Goodman / violin on track 1
- Neil Jason / bass on track 2
- Alphonso Johnson / Taurus Bass Pedals and Bass on track 3
- Alyrio Lima / percussion on track 2
- Armando Peraza / congas on track 2
- Patrice Rushen / piano on track 3
- David Sanborn / alto saxophone on track 3
- Carlos Santana / electric guitar on track 2
- Fernando Saunders / bass on track 1
- Tony Smith / drums on track 3
- Michael Walden / drums on track 2
- Tony Williams / drums on track 5

Releases information

Recorded at Sound Mixer Studios (tracks: in New York and Devonshire Studios (tracks: 2.4.5.) in N. Hollywood, CA.
Recording dates: January 16 (2.), January 18 (5.), January 20 (4.), January 26 (1.), January 28 (3.), January 30 (6.), February 2 (7.), 1978.
Produced by John McLaughlin in association with Dennis McKay.

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(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

To my knowledge this is the first or second solo album after McLaughlin's adventures in Mahavishnu Orchestra and the world music Shakti duo. In some seven years, the sizzling jazz-rock of the early 70's had been metamorphosed into the slick fusion that will over-crowd the market by the end of the decade. So you should expect nothing like John's brilliant early solo career (pre-MO), but rather a much cooler and less enthralling music, filled with a star-studded guest list. Yes, appearing on this album is almost the whole planet of late 70's fusion, plus a slightly surprising Jack Bruce apparition even if John was a regular on Bruce's early 70s solo albums and their Tony Williams tenure. I guess that after three acoustic Shakti records, McL fet the need to remind us that he was first and foremost an electric one, but I find his choice of artwork very disputable since the end of MO, and here we are hovering the zero.

NY On My Mind sounds like early MO going absurdly soft in the middle section, ruining the overall track, while Friendship is in the Santana realm (little wonder looking at the players), but it's plagued by cheesy heard-elsewhere front riff. The tear-jerking Every Tear is yet another McL riff that is now all too well-known and this umpteenth recycling of the formula is not only stale, but even slightly irritating, especially considering ther goalless soft jazz jamming coming in the middle section. The amazing quartet on Do You Hear The Voices give in a good performance, but too much showmanship from Stanley, Jack and Chick is losing points. TWL MkIII in the following Are You The One??? While again quite impressive in showmanship (you never have to ask twice JB to show off ;o)), but again the track falls a little flat overall. Phenomenon could sound like a work in progress of MO track that was never released, with McL nearing metal guitar riffs and Cobham roffling away o,n his drums, shooting everyone in sight >> some Math prog or Brutal prog groups probably found their inspiration here. The last guitar ditty closes this unfocused album, a bit as if McL wanted to remind us of all he had done so far.

The music developed is along the all-too over-stretched spectrum lines of later-RTF, the contemporary-Weather Report (yuuuckkk!! Bad albums from these guys during the late 70's), the then-present-day Santana and JL Ponty and the dozens of other acts flooding the style. Whether this type of album is really susceptible to please the proghead is rather doubtful. Yes, most of the tracks are impeccably played, but their respective interests are rather uneven. But nevermind me, as I find that McLaughlin's career will be of a lesser interest from the early 80's onwards, but the last two albums he made in the 70'S (this one and Electric Dreams) still hold some delightful moments. But these moments are not numerous enough and too many different sessions are used to make this song assemblage, rather than a focused album, making this album not that worthy of acquisition.. Certainly not an album that should be used as an introduction to understand McLaughlin's contributions to the site's scope of interest.

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars A Collaborative effort .

How would you expect if musicians that you have known each from different album make a collaborative effort? If you ask me the same question, my answer is simple: it depends. Yes, it depends on who actually drives the collaborative effort - a single musician drives the others to play together his compositions in an album or each musician drives the collaboration altogether playing each or combined composition. This album represents the first category while the example of the latter is Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin.

In this "Johny McLaughlin Eelectric Guitarist", John really wants to embrace top class musicians in their respective fields. Billy Cobham - whom I knew from the first time through his album "A Funky Kind of Thing" and his truly ground breaking album "Spectrum" where he collaborated with Jan Hammer and Tommy Bolin (James Gang, Deep purple). Jerry Goodman - one of the world' best rock / jazz violin - whom I knew for the first time through his band in the 70s, The Flock. David Sanborn, Santana, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke etc. What surprised me was the inclusion of Jack Bruce (Cream). All of them are great names in music. Having listed all musicians in the album you might expect something wonderful coming out from the music.

It's not the case with this album. Yes, the music tends to be adventurous and experimental in nature but it's less tempting for me to spin the album. It's not because the composition is lousy or each musician does not express their virtuosity skillfully. I think this album is lacking in direction - what kind of music is actually this album? A contemporary jazz? Avant-garde? Improvisation and experimentation? It's not clear to me. Or, is it just a John's declaration that he is an electric guitarist? Well, everybody in the world knows that he is a great guitar player. Take a look at Santana at "Friendship" or Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke at "Do You Hear the Voices that You Left Behind ?" (7:39). It's good to hear them play, but then what this track is offering? If someone asked me a question on how good they play - I would certainly say that they play great! But, the song itself lacks of soul, I would say.

So, I would say that this album has great musicians, great performance, but it lacks music direction and soul. It's a good album for collectors / fans only and not recommended for others who do not expose to contemporary music. Keep on proggin' ..!

"The hero is an ordinary person with an extraordinary level of commitment."

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars All-stars line-up for late 70-s fusion release often means what we have right there, on this album - relaxed toothless and faceless soft fusion.

McLaughlin plays technically perfect electric guitar with support of such fusion giants, as Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Jack DeJohnette, Alphonso Johnson, Carlos Santana,Tony Williams,Jack Bruce,etc. It's pity, but it doesn't help much.

Music there is strongly influenced of that time popular trends, as pop-fusion or soft fusion. Sound is liquid, quite polished, but happily still didn't decrease till just fusion-wallpapers level.

Starting from very beginning, on album's opener Jerry Goodman's violin sounds as Ponty's pop-circus from 80-s. In too many places later album's music again and again remind me Cobham pop-fusion albums...

Happily, the year is 1978, not mid 80-s, so in all the album is still kind of transitional product to jazzy pop. You will easy find some great moments there (as McLaughlin's guitar soloing,etc).

Far not the best John's release, but possibly not the worst.

My rating is 2,5, rounded to 3.

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3 stars McLaughlin turns the electricity back on after 3 wonderful albums with Shakti which featured McLaughlin playing east Indian stylings with a custom made guitar with sympathetic strings and raised frets substituting for the sound of a sitar. Invitations are sent out to music buddies from the past t ... (read more)

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