|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)
3. Every Tear from Every Eye - (6:50) (J.McLaughlin)
4. Do You Hear the Voices that You Left Behind? - (7:39) (J.McLaughlin)
5. Are You the One? Are You the One? - (4:41) (J.McLaughlin)
6. Phenomenon: Compulsion - (3:21) (J.McLaughlin)
7. My Foolish Heart - (3:22) (V.Young & N.Washington, arr. by J.McLaughlin)
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.
|Sony/Columbia 467093 (p) 1978|