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3.25 | 23 ratings | 2 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Aspan - (5:39) (J.McLaughlin)
2. Blues for L. W. - (6:20)
3. The Translators - (2:37)
4. Honky Tonk Haven - (4:07)
5. Viene Clareando - (0:28)
6. David - (7:44) (J.McLaughlin)
7. Negative Ions - (3:51)
8. Brise De Coeur - (5:19) (J.McLaughlin)
9. Loro - (2:08) (E.Gismonti)

Line-up / Musicians

John McLaughlin - acoustic & electric guitars
Katia Labeque - acoustic piano & synthesizer
Francois Couturier - acoustic & electric pianos, synthesizer
Jean-Paul Celea - acoustic bass
Tommy Campbell - drums

Releases information

Recorded June & July 1982 in Paris, France.
Produced by John McLaughlin
1982 LP WB 23723-1 (US) WEA 99254 (GB) Warner Pioneer P-11258W

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JOHN MCLAUGHLIN Music Spoken Here ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(26%)
Good, but non-essential (52%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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3 stars As far as guitar virtuosity, this album demonstrates John's exploration with his guitar especially the acoustic one. This has always been the case with other albums, no one would dare to argue with his technical abilities. "Aspan" - (5:39) (J.McLaughlin) the album opener proves it really well how he dances his fingers over the guitar strings in relatively fast speed and dynamic chords / notes. His style of guitar is quite unique so that whenever you hear the music even without knowing who plays you might easily identify that this is definitely John Mclaughlin's. " Thia albu also does not resemble any style that reminds me to a kind of avant-garde music. Every track seems to sound like a song-orientated composition blending guitar as soloist and soaring keyboard / synthesizer work at the background.

"Blues for L. W." - (6:20) is an interpretation of John about blues music that he dedicates it someone. It's clear here that the blues does not in a way similar with what you know about blues. This blues is quite intense with improvisations. "Honky Tonk Haven" - (4:07) delivers something with groove and a bit upbeat as compared to others. "David" - (7:44) (J.McLaughlin) is a very nice composition which might favor those of you who love music exploration in contemporary style. It's good to hear a mix of instruments being used here.

At album level, this is the kind of music collection that I truly respect in the way how the composition was made - blending soloist and nice accompanying music. On similarity or influence, if any, I would say that this album is similar with Weather Report. On emotion level, I don't feel something special whenever I listen to this album. I only admire John's technical skills. Keep on proggin' ..!

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3 stars A concept album by John McLaughlin? Well, sort of. The cover art by Hipgnosis, known for their abstract creations for rock albums, is definitely the most stimulating McLaughlin album sleeve ever. It seems to suggest that any absurdity can be rationalized in terms of the language of music. While th ... (read more)

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