John McLaughlin   Electric Guitarist  
1. New York on My Mind - (5:45) (J.McLaughlin)
John McLaughlin - electric guitar; Jerry Goodman - violin; Fernando Saunders - bass; Stu Goldberg - electric piano, organ and mini-moog synthesizer; Billy Cobham - drums.

2. Friendship - (7:00) (J.McLaughlin)
John McLaughlin - electric guitar (2. guitar solo); Carlos Santana - electric guitar (1. guitar solo); Tom Coster - organ; Neil Jason - bass; Michael Walden - drums; Alyrio Lima - percussion; Armando Peraza - congas.

3. Every Tear from Every Eye - (6:50) (J.McLaughlin)
John McLaughlin - electric guitar; David Sanborn - alto sax; Patrice Rushen - piano; Alphonso Johnson - Taurus Bass Pedals and Bass; Tony Smith - drums.

4. Do You Hear the Voices that You Left Behind? - (7:39) (J.McLaughlin)
John McLaughlin - electric guitar; Chick Corea - piano, mini-moog; Stanley Clarke - acoustic bass; Jack DeJohnette - drums.

5. Are You the One? Are You the One? - (4:41) (J.McLaughlin)
John McLaughlin - electric guitar; Jack Bruce - bass; Tony Williams - drums.

6. Phenomenon: Compulsion - (3:21) (J.McLaughlin)
John McLaughlin - electric guitar; Billy Cobham - drums.

7. My Foolish Heart - (3:22) (V.Young & N.Washington, arr. by J.McLaughlin)
John McLaughlin - electric guitar

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.
'Do You Hear The Voices That You Left Behind?' is dedicated to John Coltrane.

Short RealAudio sample New York On My Mind (the beginning)
Short RealAudio sample New York On My Mind (Goldberg's solo)


Released in 1978, Johnny McLaughlin - Electric Guitarist was really the first album, for me, which indicated just how varied John McLaughlin's talents really were. Sure, I had listened to Extrapolation, Jack Johnson, Larry Coryell's Spaces, a must have for all McLaughlin fans, Mahavishnu and Shakti. But none of those great albums prepared me for McLaughlin's lovely interpretation of the jazz standard "My Foolish Heart".

Electric Guitarist features many of McLaughlin's contemporaries including Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Narada Michael Walden, Carlos Santana, Jerry Goodman, David Sanborn et al. There is not one weak cut on the entire album. Electric Guitarist also marked the first recorded usage of McLaughlin's scalloped fret-boarded electric guitar which gave him a brand new sound, inflections of which he maintains to this day - scalloped or non-scalloped. Key cuts to play really loud include "Phenomenon-Compulsion", a duet with Billy Cobham and "Are You the One? Are You the One?" featuring Tony Williams and Jack Bruce echoing Tony Williams Lifetime. And even though Lifetime's organist, the great Larry Young couldn't make the gig - he would have loved this tune.

Walter Kolosky

Walter Kolosky is a jazz fan and founder of who lives in Braintree, MA, USA

  Sony/Columbia 467093 (p) 1978