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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1
1. Doxy (Live) (4:38)
2. Spectrum (8:53)
3. Marbles (4:14)
4. Right Off (Edit) (17:20)
5. Follow Your Heart (6:54)
6. Rawalpindi Blues (4:37)
7. Goodbye Porkpie Hat (3:19)
8. Peace One (7:16)
9. Dance of Maya (7:19)
10. Birds of Fire (5:44)
11. Love Supreme (Part 1: Acknowledgement) (7:50)

CD 2
1. Wings of Karma (6:11)
2. India (12:40)
3. Do You Hear the Voices You Left Behind? (7:47)
4. My Foolish Heart (3:30)
5. Electric Dreams, Electric Sighs (6:28)
6. Dark Prince (3:54)
7. David (6:33)
8. Auro (Intro) (4:48)
9. Animato (Third Movement) (8:37)
10. Two Sisters (3:55)
11. Belo Horizonte (6:35)
12. Wayne's Way (7:06)

Line-up / Musicians

John McLaughlin: electric guitar (CD1#1-6, CD1#9-11, CD2#1, CD2#3, CD2#4, CD2#6, CD2#8, CD2#12), acoustic guitar (CD1#7, CD1#8, CD2#2, CD2#7, CD2#9-11), guitars (CD2#5), banjo (CD2#5), Photon MIDI Interface (CD2#11), synthesizer programming (CD2#12); Graham Bond: alto saxophone (CD1#1); Jack Bruce: bass (CD1#1, CD1#6), vocal (CD1#6); Ginger Baker: drums (CD1#1); Larry Young (Khalid Yasin): organ (CD1#2, CD1#3, CD1#11); Tony Williams: drums (CD1#2, CD2#6); Billy Rich: bass (CD1#3); Buddy Miles: drums (CD1#3); Miles Davis: trumpet (CD1#4, CD2#8); Herbie Hancock: organ (CD1#4); Michael Henderson: bass (CD1#4); Billy Cobham: drums (CD1#4, CD1#8-11); Joe Farrell: tenor saxophone (CD1#5); Chick Corea: electric piano (CD1#5, CD2#3), Minimoog (CD2#3); Dave Holland: bass (CD1#5); Jack DeJohnette: drums (CD1#5, CD2#3); Carla Bley: organ (CD1#6); Paul Motian: drums (CD1#6); Dave Liebman: flute and soprano saxophone (CD1#8); Jerry Goodman: violin (CD1#8-10); Mahalajshmi: tamboura (CD1#8); Charlie Haden: bass (CD1#8); Airto Moreira: percussion (CD1#8); Badal Roy: tabla (CD1#8); Jan Hammer: keyboards (CD1#9, CD1#10), drums (CD1#11); Rick Laird: bass (CD1#9, CD1#10); Carlos Santana: electric guitar (CD1#11); Doug Rauch: bass (CD1#11); Don Alias: drums (CD1#11); Mike Shrieve: drums (CD1#11); Jean-Luc Ponty: violin (CD2#1); Gayle Moran: keyboards (CD2#1); Ralphe Armstrong: bass (CD2#1); Narada Michael Walden: drums (CD2#1); London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas CD2#1, CD2#9); L. Shankar: violin (CD2#2, CD2#5); Zakir Hussain: tabla (CD2#2, CD2#12); T.H. Vinayakram: percussion (CD2#2); Stanley Clarke: bass (CD2#3); Stu Goldberg: keyboards (CD2#5); Fernando Saunders: bass (CD2#5); Tony Smith: drums (CD2#5); Alyrio Lima: percussion (CD2#5); Jaco Pastorius: bass (CD2#6); Al DiMeola: acoustic guitar (CD2#7); Paco de Lucia: acoustic guitar (CD2#7); Vince Wilburn: electric drums (CD2#7); Thomas Clausen: keyboards (CD2#7); Ole Koch-Hansen: keyboards (CD2#7); Kenneth Knudsen: keyboards (CD2#7); Bjarne Roupe: guitar (CD2#7); Bo Stief: bass (CD2#7); Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson: bass (CD2#7); Lennart Gruvstedt: drums (CD2#7); Marilyn Mazur: percussion (CD2#7); Ethan Weisgard: percussion (CD2#7); Liels Eje: oboe and cor Anglais (CD2#7); Lilian Toernqvist: harp (CD2#7); Benny Rosenfeld: trumpet and flugelhorn (CD2#7); Oakke Bolvig: trumpet and flugelhorn (CD2#7); Jens Winther: trumpet and flugelhorn (CD2#7); Perry Knudsen: trumpet and flugelhorn (CD2#7); Idrees Sulieman: trumpet and flugelhorn (CD2#7); Palle Mikkelborg: trumpet and flugelhorn (CD2#7); Vincent Nilsson: trombone (CD2#7); Jens Engel: trombone (CD2#7); Ture Larsen: trombone (CD2#7); Ole Kurt Jensen: bass trombone (CD2#7); Alex Windfeld: bass trombone and tuba (CD2#7); Jesper Thilo: saxophones and woodwinds (CD2#7); Per Carsten: saxophones and woodwinds (CD2#7); Uffe Karskov: saxophones and woodwinds (CD2#7); Bent Jaedig: saxophones and woodwinds (CD2#7); Flemming Madsen: saxophones and woodwinds (CD2#7); Katia Lebeque: piano (CD2#10); Dominique Di Piazza: bass (CD2#11); Trilok Gurtu: percussion (CD2#11); Ada Rovatti: soprano saxophone (CD2#12); Gary Husband: keyboards (CD2#12); Tony Grey: bass (CD2#12); Dennis Chambers: drums (CD2#12). (Acknowledgements to Allaboutjazz for personnel details)

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An excellent selection from John McLaughlin full career, covering virtually every aspect of his music and many of the musicians he worked with over the period 1963 to 2006. Bill Milkowski provides an excellent biography, and there are copious details on recording sessions and personnel. And a rarity: explanation is given to what the compiler would have liked included but couldn't get a license from other record companies, also why certain tracks have been edited. At around 78 minutes per CD in this double set, there it seems a lot of effort was made to get thing right.

Sony Columbia Legacy Cat No 88697068312

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Review by Dick Heath
4 stars Unlike the recent Clapton release 'The Complete Eric Clapton', this particular McLaughlin compilation has clearly had some thought and effort put into the tracks selected. These have been taken from recordings from McLaughlin's long career whilst being sampled from a broad variety of recording labels. So the music is from the times John McLAughlin was part of the Graham Bond's Organisation through Lifetime, Miles, Mahavishnu to McLaughlin's latest album, 'Industrial Zen'. There are a very large number of musicians to be heard playing with McLaughlin: indeed a veritable who's who of the modern jazz scene. The liner notes are excellent by (Jaco Pastorius's biographer) Bill Milkowski, along with some pretty thorough details of the tracks used. What supports the feeling that effort has been putting into the compilation selection, is the apologies given for not being able to access certain tracks (because record labels didn't want to collaborate - shame on them, e.g. Extrapolation), whilst alternative versions have been found (a relatively unknown version of 'Arjen's Bag' when McLaughlin was part of a Joe Farrel Group). You move from McLaughlin the bebop player of the early 60's, to the innovative jazz rock fusionist of the 70's, to the Indo- jazz rock, flamenco/Latin jazz fusion and through to the modern day, and via the digression in to modern serious music. Perhaps though more tracks representing his output from the 90's might have been included. However, as a starter for a music fan who come this music for the first time and wants to hear why John McLaughlin is seen and heard as one of the best guitarists in world, this double CD is an excellent place to start.

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4 stars To extrapolate the career of one of the greatest living musicians in 2 hours is pretty much futile. Given all the inconsistencies, broad scope and brilliance of guitar wizard John McLaughlin, ommissions, misconceptions and ambiguities are bound to occur. Perhaps a more fitting title for this proj ... (read more)

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