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John McLaughlin - Johnny McLaughlin - Electric Guitarist CD (album) cover


John McLaughlin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.35 | 49 ratings

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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.

snobb | 3/5 |


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