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John McLaughlin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.02 | 68 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. I have to say that John McLaughlin's first two solo albums ("Extrapolation" and "Devotion") are simply outstanding. Very different from each other but both are amazing recordings. Since the debut John has flown over to America and been playing not only with Tony Williams but he's been jamming with Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles (Hendrix's Band of Gypsys), Larry Young and Buddy Rich. That is significant because all but Hendirix and Miles are on this album from that group, and you know that those jams influenced greatly the music that is on this album. In fact many have called "Devotion" too much of a wank-fest (pointing their finger right at McLaughlin). Yes John offers up a galore of guitar solos on this one which made me think of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA at times.

"Devotion" is my favourite track. How amazing is this tune ? A nice heavy intro as the organ joins in. McLaughlin is putting on a light show here. It settles some after 5 minutes.The organ becomes the focus before 7 minutes until the guitar returns after 9 minutes. "Dragon Song" has an uptempo beat as the organ pulses and the guitar makes some noise. McLaughlin soon becomes the focus as he rips it up early and often. What an instrumental display here ! So impressive.

"Marbles" opens with some atmosphere until the song kicks in with drums leading the way before a minute. Guitar then organ join the driving the beat. Check out McLaughlin ! Scorching guitar 3 1/2 minutes in. "Siren" is bluesy with the organ out front early. This changes around the 2 minute mark as we get a full sound with guitar out in front. "Don't Let The Dragon Eat Your Mother" is led by the organ then the guitar takes over as drums pound. A calm 3 minutes in as the organ floats to the end. "Purpose Of When" opens with bluesy guitar then he just starts to solo laying a trail of fire until the song is over. Not worthy !

A must for McLaughlin fans out there.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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